Choose your battle weapon - Turntablists cut and mix for honours at DMC World DJ Championships 2010
You will smile knowingly and nod approvingly if I mention Chad Jackson, Cutmaster Swift and Quest in the same breath, for you'll know I'm talking about previous DMC champions from the past twenty-five years. The DMC World Championships started life in 1986 and has been the most-eagerly anticipated event in any turntablist's diary and the 2010 Championships are warming up very nicely.
DMC UK DJ Championships
London is hosting two premier events geared to find this year's undisputed heavy-breaks champion of the world, starting with the all-important DMC UK DJ Championships Final this Thursday at the Islington Academy. UK heats have been taking place during the past few weeks with winners including Loop Skywalker, Mike L, Mr Eclipse and Raso all ready to rip and battle for a place in the DMC World DJ Championships (see below). Tickets for Thursday (tomorrow) are available for £12.50 plus fee and the entertainment includes sets by Ty and K-lash-nek-off. Last year's UK winners were Jeppa (UK DJ Champion) and DJ Rasp (Battle For UK Supremacy Champion) so the standard is higher than high.
DMC World DJ Championships
The 2010 UK Champion will then head for the biggest event, the DMC World DJ Championships, this year being held at KOKO in Mornington Crescent. The dates are 17th and 18th October and tickets cost £15 plus fees - take note, this event starts early (5.30pm) and finishes late. Last year's winners at this stage were DJ Shiftee (World Champ) and DJ Switch (Battle Champ). DJs from as far afield as Japan, Brazil, Portugal, Czech and Slovakia will appear in what will be the crème de la crème on the wheels of steel.
If you fancy watching some London masters at work during the capital's heat, click on the "DMC - London Heats" link in the sidebar to the right. The runner-up Downlow is a bit nifty, truth be told, and winner Mike L gives Amy Winehouse a thorough 'going over' during his set.
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