The Idle Man’s Top Picks for Born and Bred Festival

Born and Bred top picks
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Going to Born and Bred festival this weekend? Lucky you. Have the schedule clashes got you choosing between who to see? Don’t worry, we’ve picked a few must-sees to make your life a little easier.

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Rinse x Born and Bred is upon us! The heavy hitting music festival celebrating urban music in the UK. If you fly the UK flag when it comes to your music taste then this festival is a must for you.

Born and Bred Festival: Ones to Watch

We have scoured the acts to pick our top artists and DJs to go see this weekend, and believe me these were some hard choices. Whoever you end up seeing this weekend, just keep these few in mind while you’re waved around Haggerston Park.

Ray Blk

At 21 years old this soulful South London singer has managed to sell out her first London show. Her song 50/50 will have you mesmerised. She is a great alternative to the hard hitting Born and Bred grime line up.

Wiley + Slimzee

One of the founder fathers of grime is back at it again with DJ Slimzee. Expect banger after banger, mixed with a lot of grime throw backs.


Arguable one of the best DJ’s in London right now. Complexion always delivers an fire set, if you haven’t seen his Boiler Room with Lil Simz then check it out, it’ll set the tone for the weekend.

Siobhan Bell

I like to call Siobhan Bell fashion’s favourite DJ, though she’s a lot more than that. Expect new school, old school and everything in-between. If you’re a swayer be prepared to actually move.


Now I know this is Born and Bred festival, but its all inclusive so I couldn’t just have an all UK shout out. The young “Tuesday” singer has recently announced he’ll be retiring soon, so obviously I say go see him before this happens.

Livin’ Proof DJs

This ones pretty self explanatory, if you’ve ever been to a Livin’ Proof night then you know it’s a wave. If you like new school trap mixed in with old school hip-hop then this set is for you. I just wonder if Budgie will be back for this one?

Crazy Cousinz

Drakes first solo number one came from a sample of this duos “Do You Mind” featuring Kala (who is also playing at the festival). They’ll be bringing back the funky house vibes, Crazy Cousinz are definitely a must see even if its just for the nostalgia aspect.

So Solid Crew

Live out the 12-year-old you dream, of screaming 21 seconds at the top of your lungs in front of Romeo and Lisa Mafia.. (or is that just me?). Obviously I recommend going to see So Solid Crew, they are practically a part of UK music history and it would just be disrespectful not too do so.


Being one of the headline acts, Novelist has made waves this year and is soon becoming one of the UK’s favourite artist. If you haven’t got him on Snapchat I recommend you do so ASAP (spoiler alert: he’s hilarious). Novelist is one of the best new wave grime musicians of the moment and it would be a shame to miss him perform.


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