After hosting the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver experienced first hand the best in sport. Flip the calendar, and the city’s citizens will once again witness world-best talent, as 18 national champion DJs will converge and compete in Vancouver during the Red Bull Thre3Style World Finals from Dec. 13 – 17, 2011.
To earn a spot in the World Finals, hundreds of DJs from around the globe battled it out in regional and national qualifiers. At each stage the rules remain the same: 15 minutes to rock the crowd with a set that incorporates at least three genres of music and keeps partygoers on their feet, and the judges impressed.
Representing Canada is Vancouver’s own Hedspin, who dethroned 2010 winner, Drastik, and 10 other regional winners in Toronto on Nov. 12. “I’m in shock,” said Hedspin. “There were so many great DJs from all over the country that repped hard. I’m very thankful that I won.” Hedspin will be repping hard himself this December, as he’ll be competing on home turf and head-to-head with the 17 other national champions from around the world.
The first four nights of the calendar are knock-out stages, with the winner of each advancing to the Red Bull Thre3Style World Final on Saturday, Dec. 17 @ Commodore Ballroom. The Red Bull Thre3style weeklong judging panel will include Canadian DJ stalwart Skratch Bastid, 2003 DMC Champion and MTV Canada resident DJ Dopey, and the 2010 Thre3style Champion DJ Karve of France. They will be tasked with evaluating each performer on originality/creativity, track selection, technical skills, stage presence, and audience response.
Headlining each night is a wide range of DJ icons, including The Rub (Cosmo Baker and DJ Ayers), Stone Throw Records’ Peanut Butter Wolf, legendary producer Just Blaze, a special performance of DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock, DJ Nu-Mark’s signature Toy Set, and a Red Bull Thre3Style World Final set by Z-Trip.
RED BULL THRE3STYLE WORLD FINALS WEEK- Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
DJs; DJ Nedu Lopes (Brazil) vs. DJ FMC (Norway) vs. DJ Javier (Bolivia) vs. DJ Perplex (Australia)
Headliners; THE RUB, SMALLTOWN DJS, THE BOYSCOUTS
Venue; Bar None - For tickets click here
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
DJs; DJ Hedspin (Canada) vs. DJ Dippy (India) vs. DJ Robert Moreno (Argentina) vs. Bitcode (Spain)
Headliners; PEANUT BUTTER WOLF, SKRATCH BASTID, THE FRESHEST CREW
Venue; Venue - For tickets click here
Thursday, December 15, 2011
DJs; Bazooka (Switzerland) vs. Big Al (UK) vs. DJ Pho (Columbia) vs. 8Man (Japan) vs. DJ Ken (Denmark)
Headliners; JUST BLAZE, TEAM CANADA DJS, THE GOODFELLAS, Plus SPECIAL GUEST
Venue; Fortune Nightclub - For tickets click here
Friday, December 16, 2011
DJs; DJ Supa (France) vs. DJ Spell (New Zealand) vs. Big Once (USA) vs. DJ Thomas (Peru) vs. DJ Byte (Chile)
Headliners; DJ PREMIER vs PETE ROCK, DJ DOPEY, FACTION SOUNDCREW
Venue; 560 - For tickets click here
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Red Bull Thre3style World Finals
DJs; To be announced on December 16, 2011. Check back for more info!
Headliners; Z-TRIP, DJ NU-MARK, VINYL RITCHIE
Venue; Commodore - For tickets click here