In August and October 2017, Hive supported young spoken word poet, Dominic Heslop with Slam Barz – a supportive South Yorkshire wide event for young first time and emerging urban lyricists and rappers (aged 14 to 25) to come and show their skills through an open mic or by competing in a Slam Barz 2017 challenge. Both events were buzzing with talent including the support of local grime and hip hop artists including Northside Media, GMF, Otis Mensah and Scumfam.
“The competitive element of Slam Barz is not so much about the competition as it is about getting young people to rise to a creative challenge and write about their lives and issues and things that matter to them.” Dominic Heslop aka The Devoted1
The winners of Slam Barz 2017…
Fionn McCloskey – winner of Endz
Hassan Ahmed – winner of Freestyle
Ali Hosin – winners of Letter to self
Sidney Dawson – runner up Letter to self
Johnny Albrow – runner up of Freestyle
Omz – runner up of Endz
Prizes: Studio time, vouchers & T-shirts
If you’re a young MC/rapper/urban lyricist in South Yorkshire, get in touch to let us know your interests and we’ll keep you posted on future happenings.
Thanks to all who came, shared, supported and took part including Salma Lynch, Xanthe Palmer and Warda Yassin. Here’s to Slam Barz 2018!
Slam Barz was supported by Off the Shelf Festival of Words, Maxine Greaves at Sheffield Hallam University, and Abdullah Okud – BME representative SHSU & Northside Media