10th Battlegrounds Festival Perth: WA’s best hip hop street dancers and rappers show off their craft


Perth Krump pioneer Ian de Mello impressed to win three categories.
Perth Krump pioneer Ian de Mello impressed to win three categories.

WESTERN Australia’s best hip hop street dancers, rappers and singers showed off their craft at the 10th Battlegrounds Festival Perth at Kennedy Baptist College on Saturday.

Competitors from as far away as Mandurah and Bunbury travelled to Murdoch to take part in the largest competition of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Street dance crew Asylum wowed judges and the audience alike to win the open division and will now jet off to Sydney to take part in the National Battleground competition later this year.

Rapper and pioneer of City of Perth Krump Ian de Mello (aka Mellodian) impressed across a number of divisions, including the new rap and singing category Urbanstar Over 18s, which he won along with the solo and all styles 1v1 divisions.

Another promising future star, 12-year-old Jordan Anthony, won the Urbanstar Under 18s with his flawless cover of Jessie J’s Flashlight.

A number of divisions welcomed new faces this year while defending champions also returned in red hot form.

BATTLEGROUNDS FESTIVAL PERTH WINNERS

Bboy 1v1: Keenan Wong
Popping 1v1: Willem Tauran
All Styles 1v1: Ian de Mello
All Styles 2v2: G.O.G. (Glory of God)
Urbanstar U18: Jordan Anthony
Urbanstar O18:Ian de Mello
Solo Division: Ian de Mello
Cell Division: Jacob & Rhys
Kids Division: Future
Young Guns: Squad
Junior: 7.1.5
School: Unity
Varsity: Lemonade
Monster: Asylum Omega
Open: Asylum
Miss Teen Idol: Brani Luan

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