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Specially-formed collective Rebel Sound, headed up by veteran reggae DJ Rodigan, reign supreme at the annual event
Posted: 31/10/2014 04:37 PM

IT WAS the event that flooded Twitter timelines around the country and caused roadblocks around London's Earls Court and surrounding areas on Thursday (Oct 30).

Red Bull Culture Clash saw grime collective Boy Better Know (BBK), veteran reggae sound system, Stone Love, hip-hop's A$AP Mob and specially-formed collective Rebel Sound (Chase & Status and Rage, Shy FX and David Rodigan) go head-to-head across for stages.

Over 20,000 people packed into the west London venue to watch the drama unfold. Those unable to attend were able to get caught up in the atmosphere of the night via the live stream.

Winning three of the four rounds, and a clear favourite with the live stream audience at home, Rebel Sound delivered a blistering set to a crowd who lapped up the special guest dubplates. Ultimately voted champions by the sheer volume of a crowd who hit unprecedented levels of 108dB, the crew were ecstatic to be crowned victors.

Renowned reggae DJ Rodigan was definitely man of the match with his scathing remarks directed at his rivals and cleverly-timed visual aids.

His Rebel Sound also won support from supermodel Jourdan Dunn, singer Alexandra Burke and Emeli Sande, rapper Wretch 32 and producer Naughty Boy who were cheering on at the side of their stage.

BBK came a close second on the night with their winning mix of grime and equally sharp tongues. They were supported by MOBO winners, grime duo Krept and Konan, which went down well with the young audience.

Jamaica's Stone Love buckled under the pressure from rival acts and failed to make a lasting impression on the pumped up crowd who scored them fourth.

A$AP Mob, headed up by US rapper A$AP Rocky, feared similarly to Stone Love. Though they had great moments, namely in the final round with a winning selection of hip-hop classics, it was a case of a little too late for them.