Red Bull Music Academy announce UK tour

Red Bull Music Academy UK tour will visit Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow and London this October, featuring Jamie Woon Moodymann, Young Fathers, DJ Harvey and more

Feature by New Team | 17 Aug 2016

Red Bull Music Academy has announced that its annual UK tour will take in Leeds and Liverpool, as well as Glasgow and London, this October. Taking the form of back-to-back mini-festivals held over consecutive weeks, each city’s event will feature a range of events, from club nights and studio sessions to AV shows and art installations to radio broadcasts and live lectures.

Liverpool RBMA Tour programme (6-9 Oct)

The tour kicks off with the Liverpool leg, which will be the first time the Red Bull Music Academy has come through the city. On 6 Oct, Red Bull Music Academy alumni and recent Mercury Prize nominee Jamie Woon brings his soulful sound to Palm House. He’ll be joined by the electronica of PMR label-mate SG Lewis, who has deep ties with the city’s scene, with support coming from Merseyside producer Suedebrown. You can get your groove on later that evening at the Buyer’s Club, which will see Liverpool favourite Greg Wilson play alongside fellow discophiles Henry Greenwood, Peza and Derek Kaye.

The following day sees a lecture from London hip-hop duo Krept & Konan, followed by a set at Camp & Furnace, with Rejjie Snow, Loyle Carner, Suicideyear and Siobhan Bell. Later that day, house and hip-hop combine for a Hip House night at The Merchant with a session from Kenny Dope supported by Kidkanevil and No Fakin’ DJs resident Paddy.

On Saturday, Detroit icon Moodymann takes over the Invisible Wind Factory for a cosmic and immersive night of laser modules, mirrored kinetic sculptures and a stellar lineup featuring Hunee b2b Young Marco, Sassy J and Or:La.

Liverpool’s leg closes in style on Sunday at the imposing St. George’s Hall with a programme exploring the art of MCs and poets curated by D Double E. With no beats on hand, artists like Jammz, Ocean Wisdom, Footsie, Lady Leshurr, AJ Tracey and Santan Dave will be left to vibe off the audience and the imposing setting.

Glasgow RBMA Tour programme (13-16 Oct)

The tour continues in Glasgow, kicking off on 13 Oct with a live show from Kompakt Records ace Kölsch at the Barrowlands, with support from Glasgow's own Nightwave; Kölsch then picks up DJ duties at the afterparty at Sub Club. On the same night, The Poetry Club hosts GLA x LDN, a one-off night bringing together the pick of the grime scenes in London and Glasgow featuring the likes of JammzCapo LeeDJ Milktray and Bushido.

On 14 Oct, Numbers host a one-off party in a never-before-used basement space in Glasgow city centre; the line-up features General LuddLorenzo Senni and Denis Sulta. Also on the Friday night, Mumdance and Logos take their Different Circles night for its maiden trip outside London with a bill including Inkke, a live set from Russell Haswell, plus a b2b set from Mumdance and Logos themselves.

On Sat 15 Oct, Jackmaster presents Disco Spin at the Majestic Launderette on Argyle St alongside Throwing Shade, and La Cheetah throw a 7th Birthday party with New York party slayers Mister Saturday Night. The line-up includes Actress, Beatrice Dillon, Lukid, Wardy and Dom D’Sylva.

On Sun 16 Oct, Mumdance, Russell Haswell, Aleks Jurczyk and ALM Busy Circuits present a workshop on modular synthesisers, while Young Fathers are in conversation at the Mitchell Library discussing their work and their take on the Scottish music scene.

Leeds RBMA Tour programme (27-30 Oct)

The tour finishes in Leeds, where grime legend Kano will sit down with music journalist Hattie Collins on 27 Oct to discuss the scene’s relationship with documentation and photography. The talk compliments Collins' new exhibition, An Eye on Grime, which celebrates the diverse range of photographers and filmmakers who’ve followed the scene since its inception.

On Friday night, intimate club Wire becomes the setting for an all-Berlin techno takeover featuring Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann, who’ll be joined by the trio of Laurel Halo, Objekt and Call Super.

Saturday night looks to be another banger, with DJ Harvey, back in Leeds for the first time in 25 years, playing Canal Mills along with a house-leaning lineup that'll include Leon Vynehall, Job Jobse and Palms Trax.

Sunday gets more intimate with a workshop from Shura, who’ll be sharing some of the inspiration that saw her go from her west London bedroom to headline tours and festivals.

Rounding off the Leeds leg and the RBMA tour as a whole is a special Halloween treat as indie horror It Follows screens with a live score at Leeds' iconic Hyde Park Picture House. David Robert Mitchell's film's terrifying and seductive score, by Disasterpiece, will be recreated live by nine musicians. Prepare to be terrified.

Also on the RBMA Tour

The RBMA Tour's London events include a lecture from Dizzee Rascal, a studio workshop with Gorgon City, a 10th anniversary set from Awesome Tapes From Africa's Brian Shimkovitz and a showcase from Atlanta rap label Awful Records. The RBMA London events take place from 19-21 Oct.

Tickets go on sale 10am Tuesday 23 August. See more information and the full lineup go to