Gone are the days when the words ‘brass band’ would conjure up images of snowy Christmas shopping trips and the Salvation Army booming Away in a Manger from their Labrosones. Well, almost. Rich Mix is once again hosting Breakin Brass, a breaking battle that has musical accompaniment from edgy East London horn collective Brassroots – a contradiction you may be thinking? Not so urban adventurers, we think it sounds pretty hip and arty!
The club night was a major hit last year and so we can only expect this to continue. The battle includes eight invited dancers and 16 qualifiers. The champ from last year, Lee Roc, returns to defend his crown and charm the judges with his legendary explosive moves. Brassroots will be playing big beat tunes in the battle interludes, on their brass instruments of course. The prize is donated by Soul Powered, a UK agency that has B-boying at its core and their will be freebies galore from Eastpak. The standard is international so prepare to be impressed and then some. (Words: Laura Thornley)
The next Breakin’ Brass takes place on April 6th. For more info, visit the Rich Mix website.