An epic contest is looming as MCs from around Australia vie to take out Word Adelaide’s Freestyle MC Competition next month.
The event was launched in late May and is attracting a steady stream of entries.
It boasts more than $12,000 in cash and prizes, making it the largest competition of its type in the southern hemisphere. MCs will compete in acapella, beatbox and instrumental rounds across flyweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions.
Showcase performers include Adelaide super-heavyweights Delta and Funkoars, while MC Fatface will serve as master of ceremonies and former South Australian Simplex will carry out referee and hosting duties.
Heats in Adelaide’s northern, central and southern suburbs will be held for flyweight division entrants, with successful competitors to progress to the competition final. More than $500 in cash and prizes is up for grabs among flyweight division MCs, who must be registered before taking part in a heat.
Entry to the middleweight and heavyweight divisions is by invitation only and competitors will be hoping to claim winner-takes-all prizes of $1500 and $10,000 respectively.
PJ said the competition was designed for MCs of all abilities and would showcase the amazing depth of talent in Australia.
“The competition is a fantastic opportunity for MCs to develop their lyrical skills and compete using a unique format in the awesome setting of a boxing ring,” PJ said.
“I’m excited to be involved in the Word Adelaide festival and look forward to witnessing the fierce competition between emerging MCs, battle leagues and signed artists.
PJ said audiences could expect a field featuring emerging and established talent.
The Word Adelaide Freestyle MC Competition final will take place on Friday August 16 at Thebarton Theatre.
Word Adelaide is a new festival celebrating the power of words. It will be held from August 15-18 at venues across the city.
Visit www.wordadelaide.com.au for all the details, and to buy tickets or register for the Freestyle MC Competition.
Word Adelaide is proudly owned and managed by Events South Australia, a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Overseeing the event is PJ Murton (Pulling Strings), the man who took the Hilltop Hoods from Adelaide favourites to international stars.
Competitors and showcase performers:
Master of ceremonies
MC Fatface (South Australia) Referee/beatboxer and host MC Simplex (Queensland) Heavyweight competitors
The Tongue (New South Wales) Purpose (South Australia) Social Change (South Australia) Manaz Ill (Victoria)
The Kid (South Australia)
Rapaport (New South Wales)
+ one wildcard entrant (Western Australia)
Super heavyweight showcase performers Delta (South Australia)
Funkoars (South Australia)
Super middleweight showcase performers
Kimence (South Australia)
Evan the Evolve (South Australia) Marcus McFly (South Australia) Joseph Duigan (South Australia)
Delta, Dialect, Motion, Trials and Legacy (all South Australia)