What do Labrinth, Professor Green and dance crew Diversity all have in common? Aside for their obvious affinity to hip-hop, they were once unknown names that first earned their stripes at The Jump Off – one of the capital’s most energetic arenas for burgeoning talent where, since 2003, the battles have been delightfully rowdy (think Eminem’s 8 Mile with a few more categories i.e comedy, producing, singing and even modelling) and the stakes quite high, offering 20k (!) in cash prizes and the high possibility of making it in the industry.
Quite timely then that just as the Olympics wraps up, this competition sees its dance finale take place on August 13th at Scala in Kings Cross, following a seven month season. Dance crews Prototype and the Soul Mavericks will be competing for a £10,000 prize, so if you’re still high off the games, know your popping from your locking and fancy getting a glimpse of some serious contenders in action, head over to North London tonight for what should be one incredible bout.
Matilda Egere-Cooper is the founder and editor of The Cultural Exposé, but has been a freelance journalist since 2002. Her work has featured in i-D, Dazed & Confused, The Mirror, Blues & Soul, BBC Entertainment and The Independent amongst others, and she picked up a prize for her writing at the Record of the Day Music Journalism and PR Awards in 2007. When she’s not managing TCé, Matilda’s a journalism lecturer, mentor and freelance photographer.