UK’ers, you ready?
This summer Channel 4 takes to the streets – from street dance, urban sport, street art to Hip-Hop to spoken word. Featuring an all-star cast, Street Summer explores the influences that have shaped what it means to be “cool” in the Urban arena, while also showcasing the most exciting new talent from the underground!
Presented by actor and lifelong Hip-Hop fan Idris Elba and featuring stars from both sides of the Atlantic (Snoop Dogg, Nas, Rakim, Jessie J, and Chipmunk, to name just a few) How Hip Hop Changed the World countdowns the defining moments of a culture that exploded out of the wastelands of 1970’s New York and went on to become one of the most dominant global, economic, political and social forces of our time. From the birth of turn-tabalism, to the UK grime artists which pervade the airwaves, this two hour special reveals everything you need to know about Hip Hop and beyond.
For the very first time, Concrete Circus, directed by Mike, brings together five of the world’s best street sport talents and their amazing filmmakers. Their recent films have it all: beauty, danger, jaw-dropping action, and – between them – nearly 50 million online views. You already know this’ll be a must-see!
The season includes the UK TV premiere of Banksy’s documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop, as well as Graffiti War, a documentary looking at the creative tension between street art and graffiti.
Elsewhere, three-part series Street Dance Wars tells the story of up-and-coming street dance crews at the Street Dance XXL UK Championship.
A specially commissioned dance, film One Man Walking is a powerful and stylish collision of Krump, Hip-Hop, B-boy and Parkour, set on the night-time streets of London town!
Street Summer starts on Friday 12 August and will be complemented by a range of programming on T4, More4, Film4 and 4Music.
Prior to then, hit ‘PLAY’ on the video above to get a taste of what you can expect!