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Return of the battle of the DJs

The 34th DMC World DJ Championships is set to turn tables at Islington Assembly Hall

05 September, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

DJ Skillz gave the winning performance at last year’s championships

THE decks are coming out again, the turntablists are practicing their tricks and the vinyl has been primed for some proper scratching – it’s the return of the long-running DMC World DJ Championships.

Taking place at Islington Assembly Hall on September 28, the 34th Championship will feature a mind-blowing performance from the five-times DMC World DJ Champion Craze as well as some fierce DJ battles from some of the top DJ talent around. There will also be performances from top names, workshops and a portablist contest for attendees to try their hand at DJing on the day, with the final taking place on the main stage.

This year’s event sets the scene for the final elimination round as the drama ramps up ahead of the World DJ Final, which follows the final round. With years of practice, months of national competitions and hours of back-to-back battles, DJs from around the globe will take part in the challenge for the coveted title – a huge accolade in the DJ world.

Last year DJ Skillz took the victory with a charismatic performance which won the elite judges’ seal of approval, beating opponent DJ Fummy by a single point. There will also be the Battle for World Supremacy, a monumental contest, which was won last year by New Zealand’s 15-year-old DJ K-Swizz. Five-time champ DJ Craze will be picking up the DMC Legend Award, 21 years after winning his first title and will demonstrate his dextrous skills with an exclusive live performance.

Events manager Sally McLintock said: “We are very excited to welcome back on the DMC stage, a DJ legend and a five-time DMC World Champion. DJ Craze will be performing a very special showcase incorporating in his favourite DMC routines. We will also be presenting him with a very special DMC Gold Disc legend award, along with a specially made DMC World Legend jacket.”

The competition may have reached its final stages but there is still the opportunity to compete for the chance to be crowned DMC Portablist DJ Champion. Budding DJs who think they have the tricks to impress can upload a 60-second set to to be in with a chance of performing on the main stage in front of the judges on the day of the finals, where the Portablist champ will be announced on the night.

There’s also a chance to pick up tips from the best as DMC professional JFB will also be hosting a Routine Breakdown workshop, giving an exclusive insight into his routines step-by-step and demonstrating some of the skills that earned him the title master.

This year, event co-sponsors audio specialists Rane will be offering custom made 12” acrylic control discs to any DJ that competes using their specialised Twelve Turntables. Technics, who jointly sponsor the event, are giving competitors the chance to perform using their MK7 Turntables.

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