Smooth, unflinching lyricism

As early as 2010, Potter Payper was self-releasing mixtapes – and since then has rocketed to acclaim. With multiple chart-topping hits in the singles, albums and R&B charts, Potter Payper (now releasing through the legendary Def Jam’s UK arm) has been celebrated by outlets like Rolling Stone for his smooth flow, and lyricism grounded in “unflinching reality”. PP is one of the top UK hip-hop voices of the current moment, and his performance is bound to be moving and illuminating.

Potter Payper has long been a vivid voice in rap renowned for his starkly honest lyricism and deeply personal storytelling. As he embarks on his latest tour, ‘Filthy Free’, Potter Payper stands as a testament to the power of perseverance and the art of storytelling in music. His journey from the streets of Barking to the stages of the world is not just a narrative of musical prowess, but also a story of finding one's identity and voice amidst adversity. He's touring with hits like the eponymous tour song, and his 2024 mixtape Thanks for Hating.



The O2 Academy leads the way in Bristol when it comes to top-drawer live acts. Located on Frogmore Street in the city centre, the venue has seen some of the world’s top artists on its stage over the years and continues to fill its programme with a huge mix of established and emerging talent.

The 1,600-capacity club is capable of hosting intimate gigs as well as unforgettable, explosive live shows, thanks to a tiered setup that ensures the whole crowd is close to the stage. At sold-out events the lower standing area gets hot and sweaty, with the upper decks allowing for some respite and providing alternative views. It’s been the most attractive prospect in the South West for a number of world-renowned touring musicians for years, and Bristol quite simply would not be the same without it.