Honourable Mention: ‘Outbursts from the Outskirts’ by Manga Saint Hilare & Lewi B

Manga unleashes his startling outburst detailing how he doesn’t fit in anywhere and how he was more concerned with creps than his parents struggles to make ends meet. As Manga digs even deeper into his soul, his voice cracks and breaks with the pain of reminiscing about his difficult past and the emotions Manga had to revisit to provide the most honest piece of work I have heard all year. Manga poignantly admits “Grime nearly killed me and Grime saved my life, grime gave me an in and grime kept me outside” ...

Surrendering to Sidewinder Summer Festival 2016

With Sidewinder summer festival in a state of slumber in 2015 we were more than ready for the event to wake up from its yearlong snooze and wind itself back up again like a watch with a brand new battery; just in time to celebrate its sweet sixteenth. In Sidewinders’ infancy back in 1996 its capacity was that of only 600 and was held at a small venue in Northampton shining a spotlight on garage legends EZ, Sticky, JAM and Principal. As the Garage sound began to evolve into a darker sound it welcomed acts, So solid Crew, Ms. Dynamite and Heartless crew so too did the venues...