We’re a fan of long weekends here at FatKidOnFire. You get two more days off than normal and there’s guaranteed to be a good event or two going on. Luckily for the Londoners amongst you we’ve got a very, very exciting (yes it’s so exciting it gets emboldened and italicised) event tomorrow night and then for those of you in Newcastle on Friday we’ve got a big party thanks to our friends over at Breaksof10. Info below…
First off, we’ve got the launch of the extremely wonderful (and even more talented) Kara Messina‘s new menswear label Y’OH in conjunction with Kids of Grime‘s first ever photography exhibition in Shoreditch tomorrow night. Tomorrow night promises to be all kinds of amazing. Flyer and press release below.
This month sees the launch of mens streetwear label Y’OH and photographer Kids Of Grime’s first solo photography exhibition.
The launch will be held at Pure Evil art gallery, situated in the heart of Hoxton. A pioneering force in the contemporary street art world, it consistently demonstrates it’s worth by exhibiting a myriad of young International and British artists as well as staging international shows; most recently in Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney, Sao Paulo and most notably in Beijing.
The night will see Kids Of Grime aka photographer Verena Stefanie’s first solo exhibition and equally important the first ever Grime photography exhibition. Verena’s ‘documentary’ of grime has evolved into a project that involves all artists-emcees, moments, radio sets, studio sessions, something which goes behind the scenes and gives an insight into it, something to show in the future what was going in the present time. Although she has photographed numerous big names like Skepta, P Money, Newham Generals etc, she endeavours to show no partiality towards anyone, instead she supports talent over hype. Her work has also expanded into video and she also runs a website which is translated into Italian and Spanish in order to introduce the scene to people overseas. Her photographs are not only significant for the music scene but also for British culture.
Fashion Designer Kara Messina will be showcasing the Y’OH streetwear’s first collection “Heads Ain’t Ready”. It’s not your standard mainstream streetwear, prior to this Kara worked in high fashion for 6 years and has maintained that level of quality. Her skills as a pattern cutter allowed her to cut the collection herself so even the fit of the garments aren’t stereotypical to what’s around at the moment. She describes the silhouette as having a 90s feel to it “No skinny looks, Big Up oversize!”. Y’OH consists of outerwear, shirts and non-jersey t-shirts. The context of the printed fabric used in the collection is set to blow your minds. Inspired by comparing hip-hop to grime; Mens transition from youth to adult; 90s fashion; subcultural affiliation to brands and functional performance garments. The market level is in between luxury and streetwear and will be sold on the online Y’OH store.
Y’OH and Kids Of Grime have collaborated on a project together for the event which is a series of photos that will be exhibited on the night of the show. There will also be a collaborative poster for sale to commemorate the evening.
We’re so excited for this! Be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment (the gallery gets busy real quick) and be sure to come say hi if you are reaching. Peep the Facebook event page here, follow Kara and Verena on Twitter and good luck to all involved! Oh and did we say there was an afterparty? Catch coverage here on FKOF at some point this weekend.
Next up, our good friends Breaksof10 are celebrating their second birthday with another mad looking party in at Reign in NCL on Friday. The Daily Street’s resident Dj extraordinaire Synamatix is even providing some of the entertainment so you know it’s gonna be good!
It gives all of us at Breaksof10 great pleasure to announce that not only are we turning two years old this Friday, but we’re also holding one hell of a party to celebrate. We’ve teamed up with arguably Newcastle’s best club night Reign to host our birthday shindig, and we’ve asked two very special guests to come and play.
Ill Blu are arguably London’s most prolific UK Funky / House producers, and are widely regarded as being the most progressive production duo the scene. The North London duo hold down a show on Rinse FM, and a residency at Rinse’s insanely popular clubnight at Fabric ‘FWD’. Their recent release ‘Meltdown EP’ on Glasgow’s Numbers label proved to be an absolute smash, gaining them phenomenal respect in the UK scene, with the title track being used be a huge range of DJs to destroy dance-floors every night. We’re delighted to have the duo come play, and we assure you that they will not disappoint.
Some of you may remember that we had Synamatix play last year when we took over Reign for three weeks. Well, we were so impressed we invited him back pronto! Synamatix, or Alex as he’s known to his mother, has become a prolific Dj in the London scene and demonstrates not just a fantastic technical ability, but also an acute knowledge of not only the most recent club bangers, but a keen ear for crate digging and dance-floor movers of years past. He killed it last time and we’re certain that Friday will be no different.
Tom Breaks & James Kirkby
We designed and built the site so we’re damn well going to Dj at the party!
Doors are at 11pm, you can get in for just a fiver if you’ve got a valid NUS card (£6 if not), find the Facebook event page here and try and grab yourself a spot on the guest list by emailing Reign here. Hope you have an awesome night guys, and happy birthday from FKOF!
Finally, our boy DRX and his LDN DC crew are gearing up for their next takeover of The Basing House in a month’s time. The first LDN DC night was complete and utter madness so trust us, this one will be as good if not better.
This month we are proud to be joined by Pangaea, a producer channeling dubstep’s garage roots to craft deep, rhythmic rollers like You and I, Memories and the stunning Inna Daze. Alongside Ramadanman and Ben UFO, Pangaea runs the brilliant Hessle Audio imprint releasing music by the likes of James Blake, Untold and Blawan. This means he always has access to plenty of fresh dubs and if you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing one of his Dj sets, check his recent mix for Fact Magazine to get an idea of what’s in store.
With a bold and majestic signature sound, all tribal percussion and dramatic synths, Rinse FM’s Ill Blu have become the toast of the UK House/ Funky scene. Tracks such as Meltdown, Princess Nyah’s Frontline and their remix of Shystie’s ‘Pull It’ are master-classes in how to craft club anthems that shimmer with verve and swagger. Often described as elusive, the pair rarely release material officially, making their Dj sets one of the best places to catch their latest beats.
Also passing through is Eliphino, an extremely accomplished artist with the rare ability to produce quality music across a multitude of genres. Last year’s brilliant Undivided Whole EP was split between emotive, synth drenched 2 step and woozy, Detroit style House. Eliphino’s earlier material was much more hip hop based (his Out of Phase album on First Word is well worth a look), and he always brings his broad range of influences to the turntables.
Support on the night comes from up and coming London based producer Lawson, alongside the LDN DC residents DRX, Tramshed and Valdar.
Again, entry is just a fiver so you’ve really not got an excuse for not turning up and seeing all these amazing Djs perform. Doors are at 10pm on Saturday 28th May. See you there!
We’ll be providing coverage from both London events – so be sure to follow us live on Twitter and Facebook. Stay locked on FKOF over the next few weeks for the recaps. Alternatively, if you’re planning on going to either event come say hi!
Peace, love and respect.