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The Streets and Major Lazer lead SW4 Festival 2020 line-up

The Streets / Major Lazer
The Clapham Common festival will be held over the August bank holiday weekend

Krept and Konan live: a super-charged celebration with an all-star guest list

UK rap's great and good dazzled like fireworks at the duo's extraordinary show

With Mercury Prize winners such as Dave on our side, why are many US rap fans still sceptical of UK rap?

In recent years, huge stars such as Stormzy, Skepta and recent Mercury Prize winner Dave have taken over the rap world. With their distinctive tones and London accents, they managed to set them apart from their American counterparts. Yet as British rappers flood the UK charts, many across the pond still cannot accept that UK rap is a thing. Well, that's...

The 10 essential Reading & Leeds 2019 sets to catch on BBC iPlayer before they disappear

Feeling rested after this year's Reading & Leeds yet? Whether you're still firmly in the 'post-festival sads' camp, or rested, washed and raring to go for 2020's festival season, there are plenty of ways to get your fix. If you're wanting to relive the outstanding sets that made the weekend, the BBC have given us a lifeline, with a host...

The hip hop and rap acts you need to see at Reading & Leeds Festivals 2019

AJ Tracey Reading: Saturday, Main Stage, 15:20 – 15:55 Leeds: Sunday, Main Stage, 15:05 – 15:40   West London's AJ Tracey has the flows to make you forget about your muddy toes. The 25-year-old has already played Wireless, Transmit and Glastonbury  this summer, and his live shows brim with confidence.  From the dance-y club track 'Ladbroke Grove', to the grunge-y grime-like 'Doing It', you'll find...

‘I’ll drink to that!’: Mike Skinner toasts The Streets’ UK festival return as Manchester’s Parklife draws to an epic close

“Parklife, I gave you the sun!” hollers lad-laureate Mike Skinner, as the bad weather ceases for the first time at the Heaton Park weekender. “It cost me a lot of money to buy that sun!” This is his first UK festival performance as The Streets in eight years, and’s he’s in the mood to celebrate. Dressed in black, he strides...

“You are a legend and the reason I rap”: Stefflon Don praises Lil’ Kim after surprise appearance at London gig

Stefflon Don has praised Lil' Kim after the rapper made a surprise appearance at her London gig last night. Posting after the show online, the rapper thanked Lil' Kim for travelling to London especially for the gig and praised her for being an influence on her career. Stefflon Don wrote: "Still can’t believe that this woman flew all the way from...

Idris Elba drops a verse on new song with Wiley, Stefflon Don, and Sean Paul

Wiley, Stefflon Don, and Sean Paul have teamed up with Idris Elba on a new track called 'Boasty' – stream it below. The Luther actor and DJ, who has recently been confirmed to perform at Coachella 2019, turns his hand to MCing with his own verse on the tropical new cut. Read More: Idris Elba – The Full NME Cover Feature 'Boasty'...

Watch Stefflon Don break up with Sterling the peacock in hilarious comedy skit

Stefflon Don has posted a video on Instagram in which she appears to break up with a peacock who's apparently called Sterling. The rapper is known to use Instagram to post funny videos that reveal a more goofy side to her often immaculate music videos. Her latest skit involves a male peacock that she berates for ignoring her. Thanks to Stefflon...

Craig David, Stefflon Don and Marina And The Diamonds star on new Clean Bandit album

Craig David, Stefflon Don and Marina
Craig David, Stefflon Don, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Marina And The Diamonds are set to feature on Clean Bandit's new album 'What Is Love?'. The LP is the follow-up to the band's 2014 debut 'New Eyes' and is due for release on November 30. Craig David is set to feature on 'We Were Just Kids', Stefflon Don appears on 'Last...