Words are Weapons returned to Scunthorpe on the bank holiday weekend for The Clash III, the touring UK grime MC battle event.Contestants came from all over the country to take part, bringing known names from the UK grime scene to local fans.The idea is each contestant takes it in turns to recite either 24 or 32 of bars of lyrics aimed at their opponent, for 3 rounds. Judges choose a winner based on lyrical content, skill, flow, and use of language.
The event was held at the Beacon pub on Burringham Road, the event was not short of attendees, with a healthy crowd of all ages gathering early on in the afternoon and sticking around for the duration. After a little controversy in the first round, the event ran smoothly and kept everyone entertained. Security at the event was excellent, with Martin & Tug making sure there was no trouble without killing the buzz of a ‘battle’ event.
The only negative feedback from the event is that it can be quite difficult to hear the artists – especially from the back of the crowd.
The lack of a PA system is deliberate though, as it takes voice away from the orator, and puts it out of a speaker. This can make it difficult for all to hear though, especially with a large crowd.
Videos of the clashes have started appearing on the Words are Weapoms YouTube channel. Another excellent turnout highlights the demand for this kind event in the local area. We look forward to Words are Weapons next visit to Scunthorpe.