De la Soul - Bring classic Hip Hop to Bristol

September 2nd 2017
Bristol, Clifton Downs (The Downs Festival), UK

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De la Soul are the magic Hip Hop band on the bill 

Bristol Downs Festival is back, following on from a triumphant first year in 2016 with local boys Massive Attack wowing the crowds it was time for more delight on the Downs. Whilst Elbow were taking headline duties this year they were ably supported by a daytime line up including Soul II Soul with their classic ‘Back to Life’, Mike Skinner DJ’ing his own tunes on the second stage which to me was a bit odd but entertaining. There was also an ‘Information Stage’ including left wing debates, performance poetry and even Ken Loach making a guest appearance.


Mike Skinner (Pictured Above)

De la Soul **** really got the evening underway as second support to the headliners, a band that must be considered among the classic hip hop acts and one that really helped to cement the genre worldwide. Del la Soul principally compromises of DJ Maseo and rappers Pos and Dave (and some bongos) the latter two band members never still for more than a moment as they bounded from side to side of the stage. If the hip hop ever dries up I think they may have a career in Panto as they got each side of the crowd to shout to see who was the loudest.

“Hey how ya doin', Sorry ya can't get through” the crowd all decided to sing along for “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)” as one of their classic tunes all while shouting “where’s the party?” between the songs, they were succeeding in providing the party in this corner of Bristol. The whole crowd were really getting into the vibe which was great when you consider what a varied line up it was from hip hop to Elbow in a few hours. Bristol has always been good at welcoming and appreciating a wide variety of music.

The crowds were smaller than last year, but with no big homecoming as last year that is perhaps to be expected. Also with the weather being awful last year and blighted with big queues, not all the organisers fault to be fair there were maybe a few a bit wary this year. But there was still a very good number of people enjoying the sunshine this year – yay!. De La Soul kept the good vibes going giving us a few more of the hits including ‘Me, Myself and I'. Whilst hip hop is not a genre I would normally go for, this was a great performance. Long may the Downs continue to give us a bit of everything. 

Review by Jon Cooper and Photos by Steve Owen (Icarus Photography)

Check Out! the Video for 'Me, Myself and I' Below...

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