List of hip hop festivals

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List of hip hop festivals
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Related genres Hip hop music, funk, disco, dub, rhythm and blues, reggae, dancehall, toasting, performance poetry, neo soul, big beat, trap
Location Worldwide
Related events Concert tour, music festival, jazz festivals, electronic music festivals, reggae festivals, blues festivals, block party

The following is an incomplete list of hip hop festivals, which encapsulates music festivals focused on hip hop music or other elements of hip hop culture. Hip hop music, also called hip-hop,[1][2] rap music,[2][3][4] or hip-hop music,[2][5] is a music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.[2] It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching, break dancing, and graffiti writing.[6][7][8] Other elements include sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. While often used to refer to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture.[9][10]


The following is an incomplete list of both ongoing and defunct festivals.
Festival name Country City State 1st
Freaknik United States Atlanta Georgia 1982 Unofficial cultural event banned in 2010
DMC World DJ Championships Greece Thessaloniki Central Macedonia 1985 Ongoing DJ contest
Urban Beach Week United States Miami Florida 1990 Hip hop cultural events held throughout city
Festival Internacional de Hip Hop - FIH2 Brazil Curitiba Paraná 2001
Lyricist Lounge United States New York City/Miami NY/FL 1991 Showcase of music and graffiti artists
Big Day Out Australia 1992 Pop festival with hip hop focus
Summer Jam United States East Rutherford New Jersey 1994 Hip hop music festival
Essence Music Festival United States New Orleans Louisiana 1995 Soul, R&B, and hip hop music
Scribble Jam United States Cincinnati Ohio 1996
Waga Hip Hop Festival Burkina Faso 1997
Miami Hip Hop Fest '98 United States Miami Florida 1998 Urban Music Hip Hop/Rap concert
B-Boy Park Japan 1999 Culture festival with dance, etc.
Thessaloniki Hip Hop Festival Greece Thessaloniki Central Macedonia 2003
Rock the Bells United States California, etc. 2004 Hip hop music
Jingle Jam United States Hartford Connecticut
Breakin' Convention United Kingdom London England 2004
Hip Hop goes Theatre Austria Salzburg 2004 An international hip hop theater festival
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival United States Brooklyn New York 2005
Trinity International Hip Hop Festival United States Hartford Connecticut 2006
Paid Dues United States California, etc. 2006
Soundset Music Festival United States Minnesota 2008
Young London into Music United Kingdom London England 2009
Urban Street Jam United States California 2010
No Major, No Problem[11] United States Los Angeles California 2015
Supafest Australia 2010
Fresh Island Festival Croatia Novalja 2011


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  1. Merriam-Webster Dictionary entry on hip-hop, retrieved from A subculture especially of inner-city youths who are typically devotees of rap music; the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap; also rap together with this music.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Encyclopædia Britannica article on rap, retrieved from Rap, musical style in which rhythmic and/or rhyming speech is chanted (“rapped”) to musical accompaniment. This backing music, which can include digital sampling (music and sounds extracted from other recordings), is also called hip-hop, the name used to refer to a broader cultural movement that includes rap, deejaying (turntable manipulation), graffiti painting, and break dancing.
  3. AllMusic article for rap, retrieved from
  4. Harvard Dictionary of Music article for rap, retrieved from CredoReference
  5. Encyclopædia Britannica article on hip-hop, retrieved from Hip-hop, cultural movement that attained widespread popularity in the 1980s and ’90s; also, the backing music for rap, the musical style incorporating rhythmic and/or rhyming speech that became the movement’s most lasting and influential art form.
  6. Kugelberg, Johan (2007). Born in the Bronx. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-7893-1540-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Brown, Lauren (February 18, 2009). "Hip to the Game – Dance World vs. Music Industry, The Battle for Hip Hop's Legacy". Movmnt Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Chang, Jeff (2005). Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 90. ISBN 0-312-30143-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Harvard Dictionary of Music article for hip hop, retrieved from Google Books: While often used to refer to rap music, hip hop more properly denotes the practice of entire subculture
  10. AllMusic article for Hip-hop/Urban, retrieved from Hip-Hop is the catch-all term for rap and the culture it spawned. Archived March 11, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. Sherriffe, Mariah. ""No Major, No Problem" gathers musicians to showcase work in Hollywood". Sundial.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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