Red Bull Thre3Style Wellington, this Thursday at SFBH

Red Bull Thre3Style Wellington, this Thursday at SFBH.

When it comes to actively supporting arts, culture and music, Red Bull must be one of the most relentless companies out. This Thursday at the San Francisco Bath House, they do their bit once again with the second Wellington edition of Red Bull Thre3Style, their now global DJ contest. Bringing together eight well known local club DJ’s, Thre3Style gives the invited contestants the opportunity to battle it out for nightclub dominance.

Judged on skills, creativity, track selection and crowd response, the top contestant will head to Auckland on Friday, to face off with the top performer in the Auckland edition of Thre3style. From this mix-off, the winner with head to Canada in December, to take part in the Red Bull Thre3style world finals, playing off against party rockers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and the United Kingdom for the title of 2011 Red Bull Thre3style world champion.

I attended the Wellington heat of last year’s edition, which saw a respected turntablist and showman known as Alphabethead take out the local heat with his energetic and original performance. This year, with an identity parade of club regulars which includes NDA, DDog, DJ Spell, DJ Shan, Mikki Dee, Kev Fresh, Titts Magee and Bucks-A-Pop, I’m finding it hard to predict an obvious winner, which makes rolling past on Thursday night seem that much more interesting.

As an added bonus, the event features not only the battle, but displays DJ sets from last year’s national winner, Aucklander Scratch22 (one of my favourite local DJs) and Thre3Style judge Sampology, a well loved Australian turntablist and party DJ, who has rocked festivals across the globe, and done some stellar production work for hipster rappers Spoek Mathambo and Gnucci Banana.

Adding the icing to the metaphorical cake is the event’s host of choice, MC P-Diggsss Peacekeeper of Shapeshifter fame, freshly back in the country from an extended stint touring Europe and the UK. Tickets are available online via 1-night.co.nz, or through Cosmic Corner, for the very reasonable price of five dollars (plus booking fee). Alternatively you can just rock up on the night and pay a bit more on the door. You should come past, it looks like it will be a lot of fun!

Martyn.

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