• 11Mar

    2012 BROOKLYN HIP-HOP FESTIVAL – July 9th- July 14th

    Brooklyn Bodega, producers of the 8th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF), announce that 2012 is the year the Festival will delight its fans with another “Artist & Friends” once-in-a-liftetime presentation and increase Performance Day capacity by 40% as we move to a new location, Pier 3 on the Brooklyn waterfront. This larger space will allow fans to enjoy the show as well increase the number of vendors on-site.

    Mark your calendars: BHF ’12 dates are July 9th- July 14th, 2012(see event descriptions below)


    As New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event, BHF will culminate this year with a return to the “Artist & Friends” format. Not just a headliner, our featured artist will work with Brooklyn Bodega to curate a celebration of Hip-Hop with the help of their personal Rolodex and the lens of their influential career to create epic on-stage collaborations.

    With Performance Day moving a couple hundred yards down the waterfront to a larger location, we will also host two stages. The two stages will be 1) The Main Stage that everyone knows and loves and 2) The ‘Get Fresh’ stage which will focus on new as well as up and coming talent. For veteran Festival-goers, the Main Stage was our location under the Brooklyn Bridge where Q-Tip, Kanye and Busta set it off. The ‘Get Fresh’ stage was formally located under the tent in the Tobacco Warehouse.


    With the increased capacity, our Vendor Village will include all the local, national and international artisans and foodies as well as various ‘Sponsor Pavilions’ dedicated to different areas of interests including Health & Fitness, Apparel and more.



    Sponsorship and vending inquiries, email agency@brooklynbodega.com for more information.

    Programming will once again include Show & Prove (our MC competition), Styles Upon Styles (art show), Bodega Education Initiative (academic symposium), Salute The DJ (tribute to the backbone of our music), Bodega Recognition Awards, Family Day, Performance Day, and the official After Party.

    Events will be held throughout Brooklyn from Williamsburg to Fort Greene to DUMBO.

    In 2011, BHF broke attendance records with over 20,000 fans attending Performance Day under the Brooklyn Bridge for “Q-Tip & Friends.” Not only would the crowd under the bridge rock to performances by Hip-Hop emcees like Kendrick Lamar, Homeboy Sandman and M.O.P. for the headlining event Q-Tip surprised fans with collaborative performances with Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Black Though of The Roots, Monie Love and more.

    Click here for Q-Tip and Kanye West performing “Award Tour.”


    “Each year our goal is to make The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival better than the last. After an amazing week of programming last July, we’re working diligently to make this year’s Festival an even better experience for our Bodega Family. Not only will we be increasing capacity for our Performance Day presentation, which means even more fans will enjoy Hip-Hop under the Brooklyn Sun. We’ll be working with new partners to present lead-up events in April, May and June to give fans more access to affordable Hip-Hop events this Summer.”

    - Wes Jackson, Executive Director, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

    *2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Calendar of Events*

    Show & Prove Super Bowl (MON. 7/9) – A showcase of independent and local Hip-Hop talent plus a DJ competition. There will be three preliminary S&P events in April, May and June. The 3 artist winners will compete for the opportunity to open up on the Main Stage while the 3 DJ winners will compete for the chance to be the Festival’s house DJ that performs in front of 20,000+ fans.

    Styles Upon Styles Art Show (TUES. 7/10) – Curated art gallery showing of New York City’s most established and up-and-coming street artists, graffiti kings, and Hip-Hop photographers.

    Bodega Education Initiative (WED. 7/11) – A day of panel discussions and seminars designed to explore intellectual and academic issues facing the Hip-Hop community. There will be three lead-up BEI events in April, May and June.

    Salute The DJ (THURS. 7/12) - Dedicated to the backbone of Hip-Hop, the DJ. Event will feature performances by the best DJs from across the country with a diverse line-up of DJs who will represent the complexities of vinyl and advocate the art of quality DJing with turntablism dexterity, playing the best of crate digging beats and rocking the party with new and old classic records.

    Bodega Recognition Awards (FRI. 7/13) – We take a moment to recognize and celebrate positive contributions to Hip-Hop music and culture. Awards will be given for best Independent MC/DJ, best Event Producer, best Streetwear Line and best Independent Record Label, among many others.

    Performances (SAT. 7/14) - The culmination of the 2012 programming. Old School, New School, Funk, Soul, Local and International artists converge upon downtown Brooklyn and the waterfront for a full day of the best Hip-Hop music our culture has to offer.

    Family Day (SUN. 7/14) – This “block party” celebrates the core message of Hip-Hop: social change and individual empowerment. It features music, performances and demos from a host of family centric organizations.

    After Party (SAT. 7/14) – Always packed with Festival-goers, artists and attendees celebrate the end of Festival week with surprise performances and DJ sets.

    *Venues TBA

    Click here to visit Bodega TV for recap videos on BHF ’11 events and Main Day performances.

    About The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: As New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event, the Festival showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change. BHF 2012 events will continue to reflect the full range of Hip-Hop culture, which spans music, film, academics, grassroots empowerment and more.

    Since its establishment, the Festival has featured legendary headliners such as Q-Tip (2011), De La Soul (2010), Pharoahe Monch (2009), KRS-ONE (2008), Ghostface Killah (2007), Big Daddy Kane (2006) and Brand Nubian (2005).

    For more information, visit Wikipedia

    RSVP via our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter- @bkhiphopfest

    Want to get involved? Here is how…
    Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities: All interested parties should email agency@brooklynbodega.com for more information.

    Media Partnership: To get your outlet involved with this year’s Festival, please contact Marilyn Alonzo at marilyn@brooklynbodega.com or pr@brooklynbodega.com

    Call For Volunteers: Reach out and come join this dynamic group of cultural advocates by emailing a cover letter and resume to hr@brooklynbodega.com

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