Sunday, 19 July 2015

UK Fresh 86

Did you know that today is exactly 29 years to the day since arguably the UK's biggest 80s hip hop festival took place?
Saturday July 19th 1986 was the date, Wembley Arena was the venue.
Playing live over two separate shows - one in the afternoon, the other in the evening were the following acts:

GRANDMASTER FLASH
LOVEBUG STARSKI
HASHIM
SIR MIXALOT
ROXANNE SHANTE 
DR JECKYLL & MR HYDE
STEADY B
WORD OF MOUTH & DJ CHEESE
THE REAL ROXANNE & HITMAN HOWIE TEE
MANTRONIX
THE WORLD CLASS WRECKIN KRU
ALEEM

Word Of Mouth MCs

Punter

More punters
Aleem and Leroy Burgess

Bambaataa

Captain Rock
The Furious 5

Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde

DJ Cheese

Dre & The World Class Wreckin Kru

Lovebug Starski

Mantronix

Mona Lisa with The World Class Wreckin Kru

Bambaata & Soulsonic

The crowd

Another crowd shot

Cheese signing autographs

Seating only

UK B-boys in '86

GM Flash

The Furious 5


Mantronik & Mike Allen

Mike looking sharp

Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde

I will always regret in never having gone as in retrospect this concert seems to be the greatest hip hop event that ever took place in the UK. However I have a tape-rip of most of the acts and many pictures of the day after scouring the 'net.
If I recall correctly I think I was doing my school Work Experience at the time of this in Sainsbury's in deepest, darkest Camberley, Surrey. I remember being in the warehouse out the back and listening to a Mike Allen show on my Walkman as a way of compensating.

As it's the 30 years anniversary next year wouldn't it be great if there was an event to mark the occasion? Street Sounds I'm sure are probably already aware. At least I'd hope they were. 

For more info on UK Fresh 86 go to Simmo's excellent Mike Allen website here.
And also please check this great recent post from the man, Waxer.


Also, whilst flicking through an old issue of Grand Slam Magazine I came across this ad for UK Fresh '03. Does anyone even remember this? I'm pretty sure it never actually took place.....anyone?

All photos are copyright A McGuire, Olaf & Simmo.

3 comments:

FeverPitch said...

I was there in 1986. Amazing day. Chanting Z.U.L.U inside and B.R.U.N.O as we left as Frank was fighting that night!

Repo said...

Haha, nice one, FP.

Chris 66 said...

Yes I remember when they advertised uk fresh 03,I sent off for a pair of tickets,as you said it never happened,just like uk fresh 87 and 88,still,great memories of fresh 86!

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