The First Welsh Beatbox Championships are to be held January 17th at the Moon Club, Womanby Street, Cardiff as part of the venues month long 'Free For All' Festival.
If you would like to compete the deadline for submissions is 15th December.
The Welsh Beatbox Championships 2015 is being put on in association with:
The Moon Club – Cardiff Venue
Mean Business Media - Events Organiser and Promotions Company
Audix – Microphone Manufacturer
SCV Distribution - Premium Audio Technology Distributor
THTC – Online Clothing Store
Oner Signs – Design and Print Company
Spillers Records – Music Retailer
ProLine Skates – Skate Store
Humanbeatbox.com – Beatbox Website & Online Community
Associated Minds – Record Label
Mean Business Records - Independent Record Label
Radio Cardiff – Local Radio Station
Wales is the left hand bit of mainland United Kingdom and a quarter of the British Isles. It has its own language ‘Welsh’ although almost everyone speaks English. It is a land of mountains and valleys, dragons and beatboxers.
On Saturday 17th January 2015 a little bit of Welsh history was being made. In a small club on a Cardiff backstreet, mouth mechanics from all over Wales gathered to battle in the first Welsh Beatboxing Championships.
Throughout the afternoon competitors engaged in face-to-face combat though eliminations, quarter and semi finals to secure a place in the coveted final. The judges were 2014 Irish beatbox champion Scorch, European beatbox master Sid FX and local veteran of the beatboxing scene, Beatbox Fozzy.
Prior to the playoff for third place and the grand final, each judge performed a showcase before collaborating in a three-way freestyle jam. This was followed by a crowd-whipping hip-hop and drum and bass set from Welsh beatboxer and live looper Mr Phormula.
The playoff was between BEAT TECHNIQUE and CAMBOX with CAMBOX taking third place. The final was between CHUBZ and SCYTHE. Each finalist had a unique style. SCYTHE was a machine. His speed, timing and intricacy were spot on. However, CHUBZ built up routines, varied the style and switched beats, and it was this musicality that finally won the hearts and minds of the crowds and the judges. SCYTHE may have been the better ‘beatbox’ but CHUBZ put the ‘human’ back into human beatboxing.
The whole event was an incredible success and sponsorship meant that entry was free. However, fans could still donate if they wished to do so. As a donation bucket was passed around, one local graffiti artist dropped in a twenty pound note. He turned to me and said, “This is what it’s all about. Raw creativity. I love it.” And with crowd support like that, the Welsh beatboxing scene has an exciting future.