Is anyone else still not over how sick Thursday night was?! Hilarious Vines of Skepta‘s imagined reaction when he sees Tempa T next are still on rotation on the timeline…
— Maryam Khan (@MazHalima) October 30, 2014
…along with the almost universal approval of a stellar night held by Red Bull who have gone beyond proving that they know how to host a party.
As I’m sure y’all know, the winner of the night was Rebel Sound – comprised of Chase & Status, Shy FX and David Rodigan MBE, the collective kept their sound consistent and high-energy with the right balance of familiarity and diversity, making them their win highly deserved and predicted by much of the crowd early on in the night.
I can’t lie though – before I had even reached the venue I wanted BBK to win. It was certainly a close call between the Grime collective and Rebel Sound – A$AP Mob didn’t seem accustomed to what was expected of them, with many commenting that they appeared to liken the clash to a concert – nope. Whilst they felt like a bit of a sideman act, it was cool to see them (and the twerking girl that dominated their screen frequently).
Stone Love did a wicked job (they’re third on my list) but perhaps had a harder time with an audience largely built of Grime-loving youths – matters weren’t helped as Jammer, all in good humour, started a chant of ‘Stone Age’ to which I gave an involuntary ‘aww’.
A plethora of special guests were brought in – we got to see Stylo G, House Of Pain, Danny Brown, Lethal B, Stormzy, Fekky (his performance of ‘Bang’ left me on the receiving end of two beer showers, but I barely noticed which is saying something) and too many more to mention – it was a circus in the best way.
From Skepta telling Wiley to ‘shush’ live on stage *insert sad face* to Tempa T prompting 99% of the Twittersphere to pull up the snake emoji when he jumped on Rebel Sound’s set instead of repping Boy Better Know as was expected, the night embodied what’s great about an authentic clash – it was wickedly spontaneous and dramatic. The mesh of UK-residing cultures brought together were full of personality and far more interesting than anything I’ve seen in the ‘mainstream’ scene since… oh, that’s right, EVER.
PS. This review was originally posted on MTV’s The Wrap Up (I was going to write it again from a different perspective but tiredness – sowwi).