Bugzy Malone enters into Hall of Fame

Wonderwood will be held in Witton Park on Saturday 27 July 2019 and will feature international rappers, DJs and producers performing on three stages.

The festival is being put together by the same team responsible for the highly-successful PierJam event in Blackpool and BassJam which has been staged at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

Among the first wave of names announced for the event are UK grime king Bugzy Malone who has had chart hits including Clash of the Titans and Run in 2018.

The line-up also includes crossover stars and house royalty, Gorgon City; Manchester’s red hot, Mason Collective; Sam Divine who has played some of Europe’s biggest festivals this year and New York house legend, Todd Terry. More big names are to be announced.

The event will run from 2pm until 11pm.

Recently recognised for his hard work and contribution to Manchester, Bugzy was presented with the inaugural B.Inspired award, named after his latest album.

The Run rapper was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside former chief executive of Manchester United and vice-president of the Football Association, David Gill and Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle.

Recently interviewed for an issue for MensHealth, Bugzy spoke to the men’s magazine about mental health, boxing and his music.

Having not realised his initial calling as a boxer, Bugzy took up music because it is ‘much easier’, he told the magazine.

‘Boxing’s one of the most difficult jobs in the world, so nothing but respect for these guys who literally put their lives on the line every time they get into the ring. For me, boxing is just a hobby and a science that I enjoy. I enjoy studying it and I’m a fan of the guys that are doing well,’ he reportedly said.

When asked if he still sufferes from depression, Bugzy said: ‘No, not necessarily, I think I had depression for about two years at one point. I think it was when I stopped boxing. My thing is this: the human body is constantly regenerating cells, so the body needs exercise and it’s the same with the mind. What I found with depression was that it occurred when I was lying dormant, when I had nothing better to do.’

Since taking up music, Bugzy has enjoyed success with appearances on Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth and hits like Run,

Bugzy also has two live shows at Mayfield Depot – a Manchester International Festival and Warehouse Project collaboration.

Tickets for Wonderwood go on sale at 9am on Friday 30 November from www.wonderwoodfestival.com

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: Bugzy Malone

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