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September 2012



Hip Hop, Soul, Reggae and Bass’ Vanguard at Buma Rotterdam Beats

On the 15th, 16th and 17th of November, the port city will be the stage for the biggest showcase festival for genres such as Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Reggae and Bass. A comprehensive delegation of some of the most important acts at this moment are going to perform on six different stages throughout the city. The remaining acts with which Buma Rotterdam Beats has completed its line-up are: the progressive Soul duo from the States Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins, the Dutch live sensation Kraantje Pappie from Groningen, the raw Soul giants The Excitements from Barcelona, Hip Hop/Soul act Full Crate & Mar from Amsterdam, Soul singer and producer Phatt from Rotterdam, the young Dutch Beats talent Posij, Dubstep / Electronic- Rock formation Modestep from London, French R&B-singer and keyboard player Monsieur Nov, Dutch Dubstep DJ Nicon, rising Bass/Trap DJ ELOQ from Copenhagen, Belgian Dubsteppers AKS and the explosive DJ Rob presents Rotterdam ‘Hardcore’ Beats.

Some of the Netherlands’ leading club promoters will have their festival specials for the evening program in store as well. Previously confirmed headliner Hudson Mohawke (live, UK), Jameszoo (NL), Machinedrum (US), Lil Silva (UK) and Cinnaman (NL) are all set to appear at the special BRB ’12 edition of the renowned Colors night. Donuts’ BRB ’12 edition has got Canadian-born A-Trak (one half of Duck Sauce and musical partner of Kanye West), DJs Djoevenile, Ray Escobar and Slick lined up, and DJs Waxfiend and Jah will perform at the BRB ’12 edition of Jamrock. In addition, the organization had already confirmed Lunice (Canada, live), Dope D.O.D. (NL), Pac Div (US), SKIP&DIE (NL), Hopsin (US) and Nick Waterhouse (US).

‘It’s a very good sign for the growth of Buma Rotterdam Beats that we are now able to confirm acts who belong to the absolute vanguard’ states festival director Roger Brouwn. We were already trying to achieve this during the first two editions and you can now clearly tell that more and more national and international bookers and agents are focusing their attention on us. The fact that we landed 2 Chainz (one of the most talked about rappers in the US right now) during his first visit to Europe and from the same scene thé breakthrough rap talent Joey Bada$$, shows the broadness of our ambition. Brouwn’s personal favorite is the Scotsman Hudson Mohawke who will perform a unique live set. ‘I think he is the hottest producer in the crossover corner between Hip Hop and Electronic music right now. I expect him to be one of the biggest festival acts and producers next year, so I am really proud to be one of the first to book his live act.

According to Brouwn, Buma Rotterdam Beats is looking to present a mix of new talent who are not necessarily household names yet but who will certainly bring some color to these genres in the future. ‘Like the 19-year old talent Syron from London, or the French Monsieur Nov who was born in Vietnam. We will also be presenting a strong line-up of Dutch acts such as SKIP&DIE and Dope D.O.D. who have already started to make quite a name for themselves across the border and who we hope to bring to the attention of even more of our international visitors.’

Apart from our exciting evening program, Buma Rotterdam Beats will also host the renowned State Awards on the 15th of November and a two-day industry conference on the 16th and 17th of November, including the talent program Next Beats. Keynote speakers who we already announced previously are special guest Shaggy, the Reggae superstar from Jamaica, Riggs Morales, vice-president Artists & Relations with Eminem’s record label Shady Records; the Jamaican Dancehall pioneer Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne and many more.

For Buma Rotterdam Beats’ evening program we have a limited number of two-day tickets on offer. Visitors of the conference can also purchase an all-inclusive ticket which will grant full access for the full three days of BRB 2012: State Awards, industry conference, Next Beats’ talent program en the full festival program. From Friday 21 September tickets per location will be available via the website of Buma Rotterdam Beats.

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Buma Rotterdam Beats takes place on 15, 16 & 17 November and is organized by the Buma Rotterdam Beats Foundation, an initiative of Buma and supported by Sena.

This event is part of the yearly agenda of Rotterdam Festivals. For a complete overview visit