20 Things You Need To Know About The Crews At This Year’s Red Bull Culture Clash

31 May 2016, 16:25

Redbull Culture Clash

Everything you need to know.

Red Bull Culture Clash is back for 2016 with one of the biggest line-ups to date.

Four crews with four different sounds will battle it out for the sought-after Culture Clash crown. 

Competing at London’s 02 Arena on 17th June will be Eskimo Dance, Wiz Khalifa & Taylor Gang, UKG All Stars and Mixpak. 

With the line-ups slowly being released, we’ve put together everything you need to know about the crews at this year’s huge clash.

Here's everything we know so far:

(Keep checking back for all the latest!)

Eskimo Dance

Eskimo Dance
 
  • Eskimo Dance is the brainchild of Wiley, who was initially aiming to create a club night that would provide a platform for Grime music.
     
  • The original Eskimo Dances took place at a venue called 'Area' in Watford between 2002 and 2005, before it closed its doors due to trouble. However the iconic event made its return in 2012.
  • 2016 is the first ever year Eskimo Dance has started expanding to cities outside of London.

  • Following a huge 18 months for Grime, Wiley has promised the "biggest line-up ever".
     
  • No acts have been confirmed yet.
     

Wiz Khalifa & Taylor Gang

  • Taylor Gang consists of nine members: Wiz Khalifa, Quay Meanz, Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Ty Dolla Sign, Berner, Tuki Carter, Sledgren and JR Donato.

  • The crew is actually named after Wiz Khalifa's old high school Taylor Allderdice and his preference for Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star trainers.

  • Taylor Gang operates as independent record label, music management, music production and film company.
  • Wiz is officially the CEO of Taylor Gang. 

  • The crew is expected to bring their unique brand of Hip Hop to the Red Bull Culture Clash. 
  • No acts have been confirmed yet.
 

UKG All Stars

  • The UKG sound is born from a combination of House, Jungle, Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae and Hardcore.

  • The genre originated in the UK in the 90s but really rose to popularity in the early 2000s with the likes of Craig David and DJ Luck & MC Neat achieving chart success at the time. 

  • This year's line up will be filled with "the biggest names from back in the day" and "players in the fame that have climbed every step on the musical ladder".

  • A number of popular music genres have evolved from UKG including Dubstep, Bassline and UK Funky.

  • No acts have been confirmed yet but expect huge UKG stars such as Craig David to be involved.
 

Mixpak

Popcaan wearing OVO shirt
 
  • The Mixpak line-up features Popcaan, Dre Skull, Tony Matterhorn, Serocee, Spice, Kranium and Jubilee.

  • Drake collaborator Popcaan will be doing his first ever performance in UK.

  • The crew was founded by Andrew Hershey aka Dre Skull in 2009 and has become a key musical connector between New York and the Caribbean.  

  • Mixpak has roots in Reggae sound system culture but has the "imagination to look far beyond". So be prepared for some surprises!
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