Whats On: StreetFest

StreetFest cranks it up a notch by hitting the road for the first time, gracing Leeds as its first stop with DJ Semtex headlining at Canal Mills on Saturday 11th May.

StreetFest Leeds will be the start of a three date UK tour for the leading immersive, live arts festival that will hit Liverpool and London later in the year. The inaugural StreetFest Leeds will be curated in collaboration with the best creative talent Leeds has to offer, featuring live art, musical performances, DJ and MC battles, street dance, workshops, live demos, competitions from skate gurus and so much more.

Taking place at Canal Mills, Leeds’ ultimate space for creative arts innovation, StreetFest Leeds will bring together the cream of the city’s creative community including performers, painters, poets, designers, illustrators, graffiti artists, tattooists, singers, skaters, parkour practitioners, street dancers, riders and writers. Leeds artists of the highest calibre will jam, battle and play with the rest of the UK’s leading creative minds for an epic 12 hour feast of the arts, from 2pm-2am.
After last summer’s incredible 10 year anniversary celebration, StreetFest has its sights on an even more ambitious prize for its 11th year, kicking off with one almighty 12 hour celebration, including highlights:

  • Visual Arts: Curated by PaintFreaks, 25 local and internationally celebrated graffiti and street artists, painters and illustrators will create a colourful kaleidoscope of murals on huge canvases in and around the festival painted in real time.
  • Music: Two stages of live music, DJ and dynamic performance. Headliner DJ Semtex will be joined by residents from Musicology and License to Jungle, plus Flame Griller, Budrat Records and Defenders Of Style.
  • Dance stage – Real time dance battles, shows & demonstrations will take place during the day, with hip hop and funk classics from Leeds based DJ collective Fresh Jive. The Dance stage is for the 7th year curated by women in hip hop organisation b.supreme. The day will feature Explosive UK, an emerging dance collective from Leeds City College, plus the best of the Leeds dance scene. Featuring hip hop dance battles, an 80s theme disco with prizes. Highlights will include; All Style Dance Battle preliminaries, battle (top 8) and Final staggered throughout the day. Three International judges will be on hand to judge and demo, plus a breaking showcase battle.
  • Sport – Skateboarders will introduce their ‘culture’ through various showcases and demonstrations via specifically constructed circuits across the venue. Mini-Ramp Jam – Curated by Learn to Skateboard. Professional and amateur skate competitions on a 32ft half pipe with over 40 skaters competing with their best tricks for cash prizes.
  • The Game of SKATE: The street based skateboarding game of skill and tricks popularised by street skaters in the US in the eighties will host its finals with over 30 qualifiers that include professional and amateur skaters competing for the best tricks for cash prizes. The final 8 skaters will then compete to win overall.
  • Red Bull ‘Mind The Gap’ – Over 40 invited skaters performing during the day with cash prizes on offer.

StreetFest offers a strong musical programme embodying the tone of the festival as well as a mix of both established and up-and-coming bands, artists and DJs from the urban scene. StreetFest has long prided itself to be early champions of some of music’s hottest names. Previous live artists have included Afrikan Boy, Stush, Goldie, Miss Dynamite, Loyle Carner, Oddisee, Professor Green, HUDSON, Wretch 32, Devlin, Maverick Sabre and Ghost Poet.

StreetFest founder Bayo Alaba said “StreetFest continues to grow, now in its eleventh year, we are never ones to rest on our laurels. So it’s truly exciting to break the mould by launching Leeds as part of a new 3 date UK tour. We are proud to innovate every year, and 2019 is going to be bigger than ever kicking off with the best of Leeds’ creative mavericks and arts innovators. Attendees will not only see live art they will be apart of creating it during the festival. We were inspired to make this year’s StreetFest even more of a roadblock. We’ve programmed in car parks, garages, closed off roads, car pounds, set up in warehouses and produced on disused and derelict wharfs over the years and I cannot wait to kick it all off at Canal Mills with the icon DJ Semtex”

Leeds and London StreetFest headliner and Capital Xtra’s DJ Semtex added “It’s a complete honour to go on the road with for the inaugural StreetFest Leeds this year. The fact StreetFest has been at the beating heart of urban arts and culture for 11 years is incredible. I love playing in Leeds, we are coming for you!”

11th May – Leeds, Canal Mills
Time: 2PM – 2AM
Tickets: www.streetfest.net
Earlybird – £8
Lazybird – £10
Latebird – £12
Flock of birds – £50 (6 for the price of 5)
Family ticket – £20 (2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN//ENTRY BEFORE 4PM)
Door- £15
Babybird – Free (Under 12’s)


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