Billing itself as ‘the biggest indoor UK garage festival’, tickets for this year’s UKG Fest in April are on sale now but almost certainly won’t last long.
The UK garage scene was developed in the early 1990s, with its roots in US house music. Tottenham producer DJ EZ was instrumental in coalescing the various strands of British dance music into a coherent scene with his club nights in Greenwich, and though UKG has since been pretty much swallowed up by dubstep and other genres it does still command a loyal following – clearly, given many of the UKG Fest ticket bands have sold out two months in advance.
The event takes place from 4pm to 7am at the Coronet on the Old Kent Road, on Good Friday (18 April). Organisers promise over 200 artists across the six live arenas, in a massive 15-hour night of mayhem.
You’re not too late to get in if you fancy checking out some of the hottest garage and grime talent as they celebrate 20 years of the UK’s garage scene. Acts include Pied Piper, Monsta Boy, Sparks & Kie, Kele Le Roc, Shola Ama and Sweet Female Attitude. For a taste of the action here’s a video by another of the acts, Boom Selection by Genius Cru.
Image courtesy of UKG Fest.