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Monday, 8 March 2010

Breakin’ Convention 2010

The Seventh Annual International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre

Sadler’s Wells

Saturday 1 – Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2010

1 Day Seated Ticket: £20 Standing ticket: £15

Ticket office: 0844 412 4300 or

Breakin’ Convention now offers reserved seating so early booking is strongly advised

"One helluva weekend" Time Out

Breakin' Convention is Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, returning for its seventh year from Saturday 1 – Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2010. The festival is hosted by Breakin’ Convention artistic director and MC Jonzi D, who presents crews from every street corner of the globe.

The line-up for Breakin’ Convention 2010 promises to include some of the world’s finest poppers, lockers, house dancers, b-boys and b-girls, and is announced in January 2010. Previous performers at Breakin’ Convention include ZooNation; Pied Piper creators Boy Blue; legendary hip hop pioneer Ken Swift; gravity defying champions Project Soul from Korea; the innovator Mr. Wiggles and Britain’s Got Talent favourites Flawless.

As well as performances, the festival weekend has an incomparable workshop programme taught by pioneering artists, live graffiti and aerosol art commissions on the foyer walls, and award-winning DJ crew Tha En4cers playing old skool funk and breakbeats to packed circles.

Having sold out for six consecutive years, Breakin’ Convention has become a major event in the hip hop dance calendar. Alongside the festival, Breakin’ Convention runs a year-round programme of events and a national tour is planned for October 2010.

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Sunday, 24 January 2010

The Doctor's Orders 36

Re-Launch Party @ Fabric

10pm-5am Friday 12th February 2010

Fabric, 77 Charterhouse Street, London EC1

£15 in advance

DJ Babu (Dilated Peoples / Beat Junkies)
Ty (performing live)
The Nextmen
Spin Doctor (The Doctor's Orders)
Mr Thing (Extended Players)
The Last Skeptik
& host MC Prankster

After the closure of Herbal, their home for the last 4+ years, it made sense for London's No.1 Hip-Hop party to join forces with London's No.1 nightclub so as of 2010Fabric is the new home for The Doctor's Orders. We are kicking off this new partnership with the most incredible Hip-Hop line up any club is likely to see this year and that The Doctor's Orders have ever presented. With a wealth of talent from both sides of the Atlantic that will be providing a full night of banging beats for what has consistently been London's premier Hip-Hop promotion of the last 5 years.

On the wheels of steel is one of the most talented all round DJs working today DJ Babu. As a member of the world Famous Beat Junkies he is one of the most accomplished and influential battle DJs ever. As one third of the hugely popular Dilated Peoples this LA native has had the pleasure of performing in every corner of the world. Tonight it is his party rocking skills that interest us the most and we are guaranteed not to be disappointed. The last time he rocked The Doctor's Orders crowd back in December 2008 a packed house thoughts Xmas had come early as they were left no option but to shake their stuff to his incredible selection of fun packed platters.

Performing live on the night is one of Hip-Hop's true innovators Ty. Over the last 10 years Ty has developed a sound that is distinctly British and always fun with 3 albums and over 400 releases that have seen him nominated for a Mercury prize. It is however for his live shows that he is best known and that The Doctor's Orders have been trying to track him down for ages. We are sure that the typically packed house will enjoy the live show that have seen him perform alongside Damon Albarn, as part of his African Express, with Pee Wee Ellis, in tribute to James Brown and alongside all time legends De La Soul.

We are also over the moon to welcome back The Nextmen that we have been looking forward to have come and unleash their usual brand of party stylings. Having played at The Doctor's Orders launch party four and a half years ago they have remained good friends but having become international stars rocking festivals and parties throughout the world this is the first chance we have had to invite them back to see things through to the early hours as they close off what is certain to be an incredible night.

Spin Doctor as ever is sure to be one of the highlights of the night as he blesses the crowd to another of his trademark sets of classic and brand new Hip-Hop that has seen The Doctor's Orders become London's most popular party. He is set to be joined by his host and new partner in crime MC Prancster as they continue to show people how to really party.

The only man to have played at any where near as many of The Doctor's Orders events over the years as resident & promoter Spin Doctor is Mr Thing and there is one simple reason for that. By both our and our regulars opinion he is the best Hip-Hop DJ in the city and it is always a pleasure to hear him play.

Warming things up for us on this February night is one of the rising stars of the UK scene producer and DJ The Last Skeptik. Having already done sterling work at various of our events last year this young man that has been creating beats for many of the UK's hottest MCs and indie cats and is a name to look out for in 2010.

Keeping the whole show moving in his unique style is the host with the most MC Prancster. Having held down mic duties for Spin Doctor on New Year's Eve there was such an easy connection that these two are going to be making it a proper double act in 2010.

For more information, interviews, photos etc please do not hesitate to get in touch
Rod Gilmore
0207-833-9544 / 07866-610-212


Sunday 7th February: J-DILLA CHANGED MY LIFE @ Scala
An all star night in tribute to the greatest of all time

Friday 12th February: THE DOCTOR'S ORERS @ Fabric
DJ Babu, The Nextmen, Ty, Spin Doctor & more

Friday 19th February: ON THE REAL @ Plan B
Klashnekoff, Shortee Blitz, DJ MK, Spin Doctor & more

Saturday 20th February: THE DOCTOR'S ORDERS BRIGHTON @ Jam
South coast tribute to J-Dilla with Harry Love & Spin Doctor

Sunday 28th February: Back II Boogie Launch Party @ East Village
Jazzie B, Spin Doctor, Johnny Reckless & Ben Waist launch a night dedicated to 80's soul & boogie

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Wednesday, 25 November 2009