Breakfest 2008 “went off!” according to many people who attended the annual Boxing Day festival at atmospheric Belvoir Amphitheatre. Four time winner of Best Event at the Perth Dance Music Awards, this year the all day (1-11pm) festival didn’t disappoint – featuring two stages of impressive international and local talent.
Thankfully the blistering heat wasn’t an issue this year and a mild breeze which kicked in after 2pm made for a quite pleasant summer day. After Dan the Man and Royce kicked off a good start to the afternoon, local hip-hop outfit The Typhoons took the stage. Emcee Able and MC Galaga performed with eight other band members on percussion, keys, strings and brass to create a dynamic live hip-hop show which got peoples feet moving. Largely due to the earliness in the day the amphitheatre wasn’t filled out much, however The Typhoons seem to have a loyal fan base and the audience was having a good time.
Meanwhile on the local stage Marty McFly and Prizzy were getting breaks fans warmed up with an energetic set, enticing the early party goers to move around the sheltered dance floor. Philly and Mono Lisa took over the decks at 315 just as the venue started filling up noticeably. The local stage was positioned near the entrance and their crankin’ set, which dropped Mr Brightside by The Killer’s and Snap’s I Got The Power,) allured arriving punters to have a boogy.
Those who opted to bypass this stage went to check out John H representing Fort Knox Five. His groovy set complimented the summer vibes and was responsible for forming the decent mosh pit in front of the stage (which steadily grew as the evening came on). The Jungle Brothers – took over the main stage for an hour at 430. With Sammy B on the cuts and Mike G on the mic, they dropped a bouncing set which included favorites Because I Got It Like That from their first album Straight Out The Jungle and Jungle Brother from Raw Deluxe.
Hook n Sling took things up a notch pumping crowd pleasing party beats into the now rather hectic amphitheatre. People were well and truly loosened up and as the sun started sinking anticipation grew for the night ahead. At 6:30 Jay-Z’s 99 Problems filled the air indicating the start of the Atomic Hooligan set. Matt started out bringing the funk warming-up the enthusiastic audience and gradually building to banging breaks mixed with well known tracks such as De La Soul’s Ring, Ring, Ring and Busta Rhymes Dangerous.
People responded enthusiastically when Aquasky jumped in with some dirty break beats. The crowd got down to a pumping set, responding enthusiastically when Deee-Lite, The Prodigy and other popular artists were dropped.
Last up was big name for the night Krafty Kuts. This English DJ is renowned for dropping “killer sets!” and armed with MC Dynamite he capped off the night nicely once again. Opening with the Beatles and mixing into M.O.P he got the whole crowds attention. He added The Killers, Soul 11 Soul and Groove Armada to his booty shaking concoction before dropping some drum and bass for the last half hour or so – The Verve and Guns and Roses echoing through the bassline.
Another successful Breakfest!