Taking place on the second weekend of July (14th-15th) @ Hackney Marshes, London is this years ESSENTiAL FESTiVAL. The festival is in support of Greenpeace and Centrepoint("housing young people"). The line-up spans the funkier genre's from beat poet Mr.Gil-the-revolution-will-not-be-television-Scott-Heron to revolutionary revellers Public Enemy, The unknown Feeder remixers Mark B & Blade, to those fella's who're lovin-it lovin-it *yawns* Pied Piper, hip-hop legends Jurassic 5 and De La Soul, the husky gold-toothed Goldie, contemporary jazz legend Courtney Pine...and well, here's the line-up for you to look yourself:
DANCE DAY:12pm - 10.30pm Saturday 14th July
Essential Main Stage
Stereo MCs, Public Enemy, Reprazent, Lo Fidelity Allstars, Red Snapper, Freestylers, Mushtaq and Fat Tuesday.
Hip Hop Connection Arena
Ice T, Q Bert, Jurassic 5, Beat Junkies, MC Supernatural, Runaways, Nextmen, Foreign Legion and Aspects with host .. Tim Westwood (Radio 1) & beatbox from Kela.
Garage Nation Arena
Artful Dodger, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Timmi Magic & Spoony, Wookie, Martin Carner & Pied Piper, The Genius Crew DJ set & live P.A. 'Boom Boom Selection' & 'Cause Brov' Pay as u go Cartel, Master Steppz, Ray Hurley, DJ Sticky, MCs Cup, Blakey & Neat (The Specialists), Ranking, the Unknown MC, MC DT and Maxwell D & Major Ace.
Ek-Lek-Tic / Jockey Slut Arena in association with Tru Thoughts
Paul Daley (Leftfield DJ), Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff, DJ Krush & DJ Hide, Deadly Avenger, Pressure Drop soundsystem feat MC Skibadee & Mr Fishley, Fingathing, Luke Vibert, Mutiny, Bonobo, Rob Luis and Quantic.
Pussycat Club/ Ministry Arena
Judge Jules, Fergie, Mauro Picotto, Ferry Corsten, Tall Paul Brandon Block, Alex P, Graham Gold, Dan Bailey, Darren Stokes and Nippa & Simon Jordan
Legends of the Dark Black / One Nation / Knowledge Magazine Arena
Goldie, Grooverider, Fabio, Rap, Hype, Randall, Optical, Andy C, Ed Rush, Darren Jay, Kenny Ken, Dazee and Trex with MCs: GQ, Fearless, Skibadee, Foxy, Frenzy, Junior Red, Magika and Illmatica.
Flux / Wax Magazine Arena in Association with Elite
Richie Hawtin Decks FX & 909, DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter, Dave Angel, CJ Bolland, Silicone Soul, Funk D-Void and Heather.
Experiments Arena in association with Sonic Tonic
Adam Freeland, Rennie Pilgrem, Freq Nasty, Hyper, Tipper, Stanton Warriors, Plump DJs, Cakeboy and Subtropic plus VIDI performances by Headspace and Vidi Fiends aka Christina C & VJ Doublethink.
Continental Drifts Stage - British Underground
DJ`s and MC`s from Swaraj Recs, Botchitt and Scarper, Stay up forever - Liberators , Geezer etc, Sudden Def, Foundry Worm Interface and Son Records (Ninja Tunes).
ROOTS DAY: 12pm - 10pm Sunday 15th July
Mojo Main Stage
De La Soul, George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars, Reprazent, Herbie Hancock Future 2 Future, Damage, Kosheen, Freestylers and Nash.
Hip Hop Connection Arena
Ice T, Biz Markie, Mark B & Blade, Jeru the Damaja, Ugly Duckling, People Under The Stairs, Masta Ace, Supernatural, El Fudge and Lyrical Lounge feat DJ Pogo + Ty & Bizniz.
5 Roots / Voice Magazine Arena
Culture, Third World, Zion Train, Mad Professor Vs Scientist, Levi Roots, Shinehead, Macka B, Rasites and David Rodigan (Kiss FM).
Ek-Lek-Tic / Breaking Point Magazine Arena
Red Snapper, Dreadzone, Mr Scruff, Howie B (live), Skitz & Rodney P, 100 % Dynamite, Scratch Perverts, Mushtaq, Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald / Sam Payne, Rob Da Bank and Tru-Thoughts DJs.
Jazz Ocean stage
Guru's Jazzmatazz, St Germain, Ozomatli, Courtney Pine, Gil Scott Heron, James Taylor Quartet, Snowboy & the Latin Jazz, Section, Fat Tuesday and DJ Russ Dewbury.
Reggae / Sleaze Nation Stage
Sizzla, Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie, Cocoa T, Everton Blender, Big Youth, Johnny Clarke, Prince Alla, Turbulance & Prince Malachi, Dub Asante Band feat Matic Horns, DJ Chris Goldfinger (Radio 1), Asha World Crew and Daddy Ernie (Choice FM).
Global Spirit Arena
Afro Celt Soundsystem, Banco De Gaia, Kitachi, Temple of Sound & Rizwan-Muazzam-Qawwali, Nucleus Roots, State of Bengal and Joi
Zulu Warrior Arena: The Mighty Jah Shaka Sound System
Continental Drifts Stage - Firestarter
The Postmen (Dutch No 1 Hip Hop), The Sidestepper (Columbian Dance), Momo and Nelson Dilation (Morocco), Homelife (Potential Development) - Featuring 808 States, Graeme Massey and a 14 piece orchestra, Acetate Recs, RSL, Normal Position (Deep Water Recs), Hombre Recs and Aliens in the Whitehouse.
For more info, to buy tickets (priced at:£35 a day or £50 the weekend) or to hear samples of acts playing goto: essentialfestival.com