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DJ Format & Abdominal - Still Hungry Tour
Fri, 19 May 2017, 20:00 – Sat, 20 May 2017, 00:00 BST
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DJ Format & Abdominal
"I'm an old man in a young man's game,
where once my lungs spat flames,
there remains but an ember that smoulders,
but I fan that sh*t as I get older.”
- DJ Format & Abdominal, “We Say” from Still Hungry
For fourteen years, DJ Format and rapper Abdominal have been entertaining crowds from Toronto to the UK. Now the hip-hop stars are back at it in 2017 with their new album Still Hungry.
The new album comes off the heels of a wildly successful November 2015 UK tour that commemorated ten years since their last time performing together in the UK. The tour quickly sold out and the crowds loved every beat and bar the two artists dropped.
DJ Format & Abdominal wanted to ride this momentum to create their first full-length album together. While they both have collaborated on each other’s solo records, Still Hungry marks their first joint album.
Still Hungry boasts the best of what Format and Abs bring to the hip-hop community: funky, up-tempo and slick beats, coupled with intelligent, savvy lyrics. The album also showcases a grittier, harder sound, reflecting the maturity of the two artists, giving their audience some head-bobbing bangers that could rock any concert hall.
Together, they have toured the UK more than twenty times to sold-out crowds. They have rocked stages such as Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown Festival and the iconic Jazz Café and Brixton Academy venues in London.
They have also brought their high-energy shows to Australia and across Europe several times over the past fifteen years.
Format and Abs have contributed to each other’s albums, with Abs providing slick verses on Format’s debut album Music for the Mature B-Boy (Genuine), and Format producing tracks on Abdominal’s debut release Escape from the Pigeon Hole (DoRight Music). In 2003 they provided support for Jurassic 5's European tour, and then continued touring together as headliners based on how hype crowds became when they took the stage.
DJ Format, aka Matt Ford, won over hip-hop heads in 2003 with his slow-burning hit album Music for the Mature B-Boy, featuring the standout track We Know Something You Don’t Know starring the vocals of Chali 2na and Akil of Jurassic 5.
Format’s sets are known for their boundary-crossing selection of funk, soul, rock and hip-hop. With three albums under his belt, Format has shown his range as a DJ and producer. His latest release, Kool & the Gangstarr Generation, shuttled Format back to his b-boy roots by releasing a self-produced instrumental 45. The response was electric: the record sold out within a week.
Abdominal, aka Andy Bernstein, has been involved in Toronto’s music scene for nearly 25 years, performing at the Harbourfront Center for the Arts, Manifesto Festival, the SOCAN Awards, Pop Montreal Showcase, the Cavalcade of Lights and many other high profile events.
His releases include Escape From the Pigeon Hole and Sitting Music (Pinwheel Music). Abs’ debut release showcased his playful lyrics and impressive breath control, and the track “Pedal Pusher” won SOCAN’s 2007 Echo Prize for best oevrall Canadian song of the year. Sitting Music featured a more mature rapper, collaborating with a trio of live musicians.
Like any memorable hip-hop team, DJ Format & Abdominal have found success by working off each other’s strengths and giving the global hip-hop community a unique and funky sound destined to be a fixture in every rap lover’s collection.
“It's amazing to be able to watch an artist grow into his own space and perfect his craft right before your eyes. I have been blessed to be able to see DJ Format & Abdominal grow from apprentices to masters, who cannot be contested in their respective fields.”
- Chali 2na (Jurassic 5)
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May 06: Glasgow / Stereo
May 10: Manchester / Gorilla
May 11: Nottingham / Rescue Rooms
May 12: Birmingham / Hare & Hounds
May 13: Sheffield / O2 Academy
May 17: Bristol / The Fleece
May 18: Oxford / The Cellar
May 19: Southampton / The Social Club
May 20: Whitstable / Duke of Cumberland
May 23: Cambridge / J2 at The Junction
May 24: London / Electric Ballroom
May 25: Brighton / Patterns
May 26: Norwich / The Arts Centre