UK’s biggest celebration of music, street art, skate and BMX
Two weeks ago, NASS 2019, the UK’s biggest celebration of music, street art, skate and BMX concluded for another epic year. The Bath & West Showground, near Bristol, welcomed 30,000 festival-goers to witness an eclectic mix of genres, featuring headliners Giggs, Rudimental and Cypress Hill, alongside the world’s best BMXers, skateboarders, street artists and fresh music talent, across 15 stages.
Friday’s main-stage headline act Giggs delivered an unforgettable set wowing the crowd with huge pyro, his unmistakable voice and energetic stage presence. Supporting on the main-stage was East London’s hottest new rapper Yxng Bane, while Maverick Sabre delivered a captivating set as the sun shone over NASS.
As the sun set on Saturday, headline act Rudimental more than justified their top spot, closing the main-stage with a feel-good performance. Earlier in the day NASS favourite Loyle Carner drew a packed crowd for a very moving set. Manchester’s IAMDDB lived up to her hype, commanding the stage with her fierce attitude.
Following an epic four days of music, street art, skate and BMX. West Coast hip hop icons Cypress Hill closed the festival with an incredible performance filled with iconic tracks such as ‘Insane in the Brain’ and ‘Hits from the Bong’. The main-stage also played host to the multi-talented Tom Misch, who serenaded the crowd spanning numerous genres including a 10-minute solo of old-school hip-hop classics. Joining Tom on the Sunday was chart topper Becky Hill, Hackney born talent Kojey Radical and viral sensation Jimothy Lacoste who had the whole crowd moving and chanting along to his infectious songs. Over the course of 3 days of main-stage action, the iconic street art duo, PichiAvo treated the crowd to an epic display of live art across two 40ft shipping containers on both sides of the main-stage.
The Southbank, Hangar and The Warehouse provided an unbelievable offering of electronic music from artists including Pendulum (DJ set), SaSaSas, DJ Hype, King of the Rollers, DJ Zinc, Skepsis + Bru-C, Traumatik, Audio Bullys, Die:Mantle and many more.
Elsewhere, The Lock In hosted a grime extravaganza seeing performances from secret headline guest Ghetts, Devlin, Sir Spyro, Jaykae, Rude Kid and Logan Sama. As well as L U C Y, Swindle, DJ Champion + MC Serious, Joker + Footsie, Royal T + P Money, Elijah + Skilliam.
For those not content with merely observing the live and curated street art throughout the weekend, budding artists also got involved in the Gums and Tongue Sketch Club, an on-site art workshop at the Truck & Bearing Pub where they drank and drew with international artists and top local talent.
The weekend’s action sports began with an awe-inspiring first day of BMX and Skate competitions, Charlotte Worthington (GBR) took home the BMX Park Women’s title beating off fierce competition from Sasha Pardoe (GBR) and Kayley Ashworth (GBR) who finished second and third respectively. After an exciting qualifier and final of the BMX Street Open, Mike Suttle (GBR) was crowned champion after combining huge airs with technical tricks.
In the skating, John Howlett (GBR) impressed the judges and lively crowd with an astonishing display of skating, earning him the top spot of the Skate Men’s Open. NASS’ legendary Ring of Fire made a triumphant return this year, a true spectacle, some of the world’s best skaters stomped tricks through a burning hoop in return for cash.
As the action continued throughout the weekend the Skate Women’s Open finals went off. After a hard-fought battle it was Great Britain’s Lola Tambling who took home the top spot, finishing her run with a frontside 540, much to the delight of the packed crowd. At just 11 years old, Lola is definitely one to watch for the future.
It was Peru’s Angelo Caro who took home the top spot in the Skate Men’s Invitational, amazing the judges with great flow around the park and stomping huge tricks like a bigspin flip to front boardslide, Great Britain’s Aaron Jago came in second and USA’s Ke’chaud Johnson finished in third.
The finals of the BMX Men’s Invitational Street and Park Final did not disappoint. Alex Donnachie (GBR) won the BMX Men’s Invitational Street in dramatic fashion, nailing a barrage of technical tricks in his last run to secure a last-minute win. Harry Mills-Wakley (GBR) was deservedly crowned winner of the BMX Street Best Trick Competition with an icepick the hard way down the double kinked rail. It was USA’s Justin Dowell who came out victorious for a second year running in the BMX Men’s Invitational Park Final, a notable moment in his run was an extraordinary 450 triple bar spin. The fight for the BMX Park Best Trick title was fierce, with competitors pulling out all the stops. In the end it was shared between Jack Maguire (GBR), with a 900 tailwhip and Kieran Reilly (GBR) with a truckdriver to tailwhip to barspin.