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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Get Dirty London has drawn to a close, and if you haven’t checked out the live tracks, photos and reviews of all the nights then they’re available HERE. Once you’ve seen all that there’s still one more important perspective we’d like to represent, the crowd. The whole crowd at each of the shows were given a Get Dirty Disposable Camera, none of that digital business we’re talking old school film here so the shots have that rich, saturated look everyone tries to recreate on their phones. We’ve collected some of the best shots here from all three nights in a gallery for your viewing pleasure.

We also gave cameras out to some of the websites, magazines and blogs that came down. Hip hop mainstays Potholes In My Blog came down to the MF Doom night, click the link below for an in depth review and some of their disposable camera handy-work:

Francesca from andsoshethinks came down to The Cribs night, her review and pictures can be found at the link below:

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Right from the start it was clear the final night of Get Dirty London would be taking no prisoners. Hoax are about as fresh as you can get having only existed for less than a year, but their performance was up there with bands with a lot more years on the clock. Their latest single, ‘Bitter Angry Fake’ packed an almighty punch and set the stage perfectly for the rest of the night.

Addressing the now heaving mass of sweaty revellers, Carnival Kids knew they had to give it everything they had. The Anglo-Norwegian four-piece are also new to the scene but you wouldn’t know it. Their debut single ‘Fear Of Nothing’ sounded exactly like you might expect a track with that name to sound, a concise three minutes of high intensity guitars and raw punk energy. With the band already drawing comparisons to At The Drive In and Biffy Clyro, 2013 could well be their year.

Get Dirty was always going to be a special night for Gallows, it’s been a while since they played the UK and this was their first show without recently departed guitarist Steph Carter. Their packed international schedule has also kept them from intimate spaces like The 100 Club for some time. Add these things together with a baying pack of rowdy fans and you’ve got the formula for something truly explosive. And explode they did, the whole club erupted as soon as they hit the stage and the next 45 minutes were a textbook lesson in how a punk rock show should look, sound and feel. Flying arms, legs, guitars and who knows what else collided in a cloud of sweat and madness. Without neglecting the classics, they veered musically towards newer material with ‘Cross Of Lorraine’ marking a particularly intense moment.

That concludes Get Dirty, London thanks to the packed-out crowds and all the bands for making it an amazing, intense celebration of the best music from three very different worlds.

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Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Hip hop royalty descended on the 100 Club on Thursday night with a history lesson served up by two of the godfathers of the underground scene plus a new talent playing his debut show outside NYC.

That newcomer was 16-year-old Bishop Nehru, one of the brightest new stars in a burgeoning new school of East Coast MCs. He had a lot of work to do warming the stage up for such hallowed company, but proved himself more than up to the task. His DJ dropped a succession of solid gold instrumentals including subtle nods to Wu Tang and Doom and he dropped all the highlights from his ‘Nehruvia’ mixtape, which is a good place to start if you want to hear more.

An ever-elusive character, Doom was eagerly anticipated by the crowd and he didn’t disappoint. Taking to the stage with a rendition of ‘Rhymin Slang’ from last year’s JJ Doom collaboration LP the man in the mask was in full effect. Taking the somewhat unusual approach of DJing and rapping at the same time using a laptop he teased the crowd through punchy renditions of everything from obscure classics like ‘People, Places and Things’ through to more recent cuts like ‘Gazzillion Ear’ and ‘Ballskin’.

Energy levels were already high when Ghostface Killah bounced on to the stage but him and surprise partner Sheek Louche from legendary crew The LOX ramped things up to fever pitch. Ghostface classics like ‘The Champ’ rode alongside classic Wu Tang material like ‘Protect Ya Neck’ and ODB’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’. He even invited an eager member of the audience on stage to drop the ODB verses making one lucky fan very happy indeed.

With the old and new schools of the East Coast thoroughly represented the second night of Get Dirty, London was a hip hop lovers dream, onwards to Gallows and heavier musical territory.

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

Night one of Get Dirty, London set the bar high with three bands from Yorkshire covering three very different styles. A broad slice of the best rock and roll the UK is producing was served up across three action packed hours. Kicking things off were Leeds four piece China Rats who channeled vintage riffs and vocal harmonies on raucous crowd pleasers like last year’s ‘Be Like I’. Recently back from SXSW the boys have a packed schedule for the rest of the summer and it’s easy to see why.

Drenge are an all-together different proposition, these two brothers strip things down to just guitar and drums in the style of classic double acts like the White Stripes or newcomers like Deap Valley, who Drenge have supported. A short, sharp shock of dirty and driving riffs followed that sounded at once classic and brand new. It doesn’t veer too much in to psychic territory to feel like these brothers have an intimate stage connection; the drums, guitar and vocals bob and weave together in perfect imperfection. Seek them out, you won’t be disappointed.

Almost ten years has passed since The Cribs last played The 100 Club, something they fondly remembered on stage, before announcing, “Welcome to adulthood” with something of a wry smile. If this is adulthood then it’s the kind anyone can get behind, an exuberant mix of youthful energy and razor sharp lyrics. The set was a treat for old and new fans, with classics like ‘Men’s Needs’ jutting up against recent release ‘Leather Jacket Love Song’. They even opened things up to the crowd at one point, resulting in 2007’s ‘Girls Like Mystery’. They closed with fan favourite ‘City Of Bugs’, sung more by the crowd than the band, and everyone was still singing it as they spilt out in to the warm spring air on Oxford St. Two more nights to come…

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Friday, April 12th, 2013

Who or what are your biggest influences?

We listen to absolutely everything. Everything from death metal to bluegrass, country, funk,hip-hop, grime, hardcore, downtempo, sometimes folk..sometimes. Our sound is always developing but we try and tick all our musical influences when writing. Keeps our options open and our creativity buzzing at all times!

Which country or city in the world is your favourite to play in, and why?

We love playing the places we don’t usually get the chance to play but London takes some beating. Its where we are all based, all our friends and family come down, great hangs and parties after the show.

Would you say live music is more vibrant than ever? Or is there a ‘golden era’ in the past you wish you could have been involved in?

I think more bands are realising live performances are increasingly important now due to lack of record sales, which is great to see as your guaranteed a great night. But the early 60s with the rise of funk soul R&B movement would have been magical!

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

I’d have to say Cancer Bats or While She Sleeps, those dudes tour all year round, and work it hard! So nice to see the old school attitude of just jumping in a van and playing wherever, whenever, however many show they possibly can! Love it.

How important is the visual element of a show, lighting, projections etc? Or should the focus just be the artists on stage?

I think it’s got to be a bit of both. There’s something magical about both sides, just getting up plugging in and going for it creates such a raw vibe but having full production can visually blow your mind as well.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

James Brown

…and what would you talk about backstage?

I’d just sit quietly and watch. All the time.

Hoax play The 100 Club, London on April 19th with Carnival Kids and Gallows. For full information and updates head to


Monday, April 8th, 2013

Who or what are your biggest influences?

Nas, MF DOOM, Wu Tang, Black Moon, Eminem, Pharrell. Everyday life also influences me and my music.

Would you say live music is more vibrant than ever? Or is there a ‘golden era’ in the past you wish you could have been involved in?

I definitely wish I could have be involved in the hip-hop golden era and I’m going to try to do everything I can to make the golden era come back at least for a little while.

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

Me and My team.

How important is the visual element of a show, lighting, projections etc? Or should the focus just be the artists on stage?

Yeah, I don’t think lighting or any of that matters you know, I think the main focus should be on the artist and the music he’s putting out.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

AZ, he needed a lot of support he didn’t get. The dude’s SO underrated.

…and what would you talk about backstage?

I don’t know but backstage at this show i’ll probably be trying to find DOOM and Ghostface so they can sign some vinyls and take a selfie with me.

Bishop Nehru plays Converse Get Dirty at The 100 Club, London. April 18th. Stay tuned to for updates.