GOING OUT: Pop - sugarhill gang

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The personal highlight of this year's festival season was pushing in to the dance tent at Reading to see a bunch of virtual one-hit wonders raising the roof with a 20-year-old song. "Rapper's Delight" catapulted hip-hop from the underground in autumn 1979, and today, with added beats, it sounds brilliantly fresh. To add credibility and fire to this 20th anniversary tour, the Gang have drafted in Melle Mel, responsible for "The Message" and "White Lines (Don't Do It)". Though those records bore the names Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five on the label, Flash played little or no part on them, and on this tour Melle Mel will blast his way through them before the grand finale of that tune.

Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) Mon; Embassy Rooms, London W1 (0171- 344 0044) Tue; Event, Brighton (01273 709709) Wed; Blue Mountain, Bristol (0117-942-0341) Thur

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