5th Element NI Launch Event.

“A HIPHOP HOUSE PARTY”

5th Element NI has officially opened a HipHop Social Hub in Belfast. To celebrate the launch we are throwing a HipHop House Party on November 16th. A day dedicated to HipHop culture, music, dance and art, with live music, DJs, MCs, and dancers expressing their talents throughout.  For full details, read below.

This is a free, all ages event.

Donations to the 5th Element NI charity are welcome. 100% of proceeds go towards creative projects for our local communities.

WHAT’S GOING DOWN?

  • Live art by local Street Artists and Graffiti Writers.
    Grab a can or graf pen and help us decorate our walls!
  • Live music by the Utropics & Guests
    Coming with that Brazilian Funk vibe.
  • Local DJs in rotation,
    Spinning an endless array of HipHop, Funk, and Soul.
  • Local Bboys, Bgirls & HipHop dancers
    Live performances and workshops
  • MC Cyphers.
    Catch the word play of local and national MCs as they pass the mic during freestyle sets. Open mic spots available.
  • Vinyl Record Stalls
    Dig records? Then get to record digging. Buy, sell and exchange music.
  • Workshops! Get involved!
    Workshops covering Breaking, and Scratching available during the day.
  • Studio Tour of Skank FM

WHO IS INVOLVED?

5th Element NI is organised by local HipHop enthusiasts, and active participants in the culture. The following outfits support our vision, volunteering their time and effort to help nurture HipHop culture and our local communities.

  • Team Elixir
    The minds and artists behind the Elixir HipHop music events
    – Check them out
  • Northern Soles Crew
    Belfast Bboy crew, who battle, perform, and teach workshops.
    –  Check them out
  • Daz of SkankFM
    Local radio presenter, HipHop artist, and producer
    – Tune in!
  • MoonDoggy Clothing Company
    Run by HipHop enthusiast and videographer Mark Brittain
    – Get fresh!

  • Local HipHop musicians, dancers, and artists.
  • Local Record Stores
  • Local volunteers who support our charity
  • Media Representatives
  • And finally…You, the public. Come and jam with us!


ELIXIR 8! Mc Hughs Cellar, Belfast - Friday 16th Nov

Eixir 8! Friday 16th November.

Firstly thanks to everyone who made it to Elixir #7, which featured another batch of stellar performances alongside a tightly contested open mic comp to win a slot at Elixir #8! Photoset by Roskobiwan is live now on our facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ElixirBelfast/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1235077729987656

 

 

For the 8th instalment of Elixir (and also the last of 2018) we are taking over at one of Belfast's most famous pubs and it's oldest building, McHugh's Bar and Restaurant, located at 29-31 Queen's Square, Belfast, BT1 3FG
http://www.mchughsbar.com

We have a heavy lineup for this one closing off 2018 in our usual style!



♫ ♪ Sebi C
A truly unique talent in the current sea of Irish MCs, Sebi C is in a class of his own. The lowkey individual & the voice behind classic duo Flying Buttresses with Naïve Ted who’s 2012 project The Orson Wells EP would be in the argument of many for the island's best hip-hop releases returned to the rhyming this year with the release of All Uselessness with Jimmy Penguin.

♫ ♪ Jimmy Penguin
Jimmy is one of the co-founders of Galway's Community Skratch collective. One of Ireland's foremost electronic musicians and skratch DJs, this original gangster has been cutting and innovating for many years. Running Alkalinear Recordings, Jimmy meshes many different styles including IDM, Electro, HipHop, Scratch Music and Techno. His unrelentless passion for making music and promoting scratch music in Ireland has marked him out as a unique and extremely driven talent.

 

♫ ♪ Danny Diatribe w/ DJ Cutterz & Ryan Mason
Danny Diatribe is Irish rapper Danny Lynch from Derry City in the North of Ireland, based in Manchester UK. Danny joins us on the night fresh of the release of his new album Tales From the Down & Outs. The project is a conceptual journey exploring the lives of down on their luck characters and the struggles they face. The album’s producer, DJ Cutterz, will be joining Danny for his set along with live drummer Ryan Mason.

♫ ♪ Leo Miyagee
Belfast based & London raised, Leo was the winner of a tightly contested open mic session last time out, no doubt earning his spot on the lineup for the night. In October of last year Leo Miyagee released his EP ‘Trust God, Love Yours, Do Bits In Life’ via Dublin based District recordings which was followed up with an August release of his new album Bluebird.

♫ ♪ Skeet
Belfast MC & producer Skeet is a face that may be familiar to past Elixir attendees for a strong showing alongside Durty Devz in the past. It’s a pleasure to have him on our lineup just in time to coincide with the release of his forthcoming debut album Chapter One.

We are blessed to have Irish scene veteran ERA2 from Derry popping up with a special appearance to be on host duties for the night, our always craic filled open mic will be going down & debuting DJ Boatsie is joining Militant Vinylist to kick the night off right.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ElixirBelfast/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1235077729987656

For the 8th installment of Elixir (and also the last of 2018) we are taking over at one of Belfast's most famous pubs and it's oldest building, McHugh's Bar and Restaurant, located at 29-31 Queen's Square, Belfast, BT1 3FG
http://www.mchughsbar.com

 


A Northern Soul - Documentary

A NORTHERN SOUL - DOCUMENTARY

The 5th Element NI team enjoyed a highly inspirational team night out recently at Queen’s Film Theatre. On 8th October as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, the QFT were showing ‘A Northern Soul’, a documentary following Steve Arnott as he struggles to balance the pressures of working life, debt and his dreams of getting mobile music workshop The Beats Bus off the ground.

Set in Hull against the backdrop of UK City of Culture in 2017, director Sean McAllister (A Syrian Love Story) returns to the city to act as curator for the festival’s opening ceremony where he meets Steve.

Over the course of the film, the positive impact Steve and his efforts have on young people, in terms of confidence, attitudes and behaviour is plain to see. Without giving too much away, viewers can expect to experience a range of emotions throughout, on what is a very emphatic capturing of working-class life.

Steve’s passion to inject positivity in his community and to improve the lives of the young people through hip-hop culture is exactly the type of thing we as 5th Element NI are trying to deliver in Belfast and beyond. Seeing Steve overcome all kinds of adversity was truly motivating for us and seeing the impact these kind of projects can deliver was very encouraging and more than justifies our existence and goals.

After the credits rolled, both Steve & Sean were on hand for an informative Q&A session and even better, our team got the chance to catch up with Steve and have a chat, share our plans with him and talk about Belfast’s hip-hop scene.

We all definitely walked away feeling like we had made a new friend, and an important role model for what we are trying to achieve. Hopefully, this will not be the last we see of Steve in Belfast.

 


5th Element NI at Stendhal Festival 2018

Our team were delighted to be invited to be part of the kid's program on both the
Friday and Saturday at this year's Stendhal Festival, a perfect compliment to our
partners Elixir providing a live hip-hop showcase at the event.

With workshops focused on break dancing, B-Boy's Bart, Terry, Seba, Pash and
Breakwiser were able to showcase their skills and teach the basics to an extremely
enthusiastic audience and willing pupils as the Circus Tent filled to capacity, backed
with funky rhythms from DJs Andy Hasson and Militant Vinylist.

Breakdancing is one of the four elements of hip-hop along with MCing, DJing and
Graffiti art. It is an excellent way to keep fit, teaches the discipline of one's self and
promotes both physical and mental wellbeing.

Our volunteers at 5th Element NI are excellent when it comes to working with young
people. They are friendly, approachable and really know how to get everyone
involved and feel welcome, either one to one or in groups and this was plain to see
with their work over the weekend.

Everyone involved had a great time and we hope that next Summer we can bring not
only break dancing but a more expanded workshop program to Stendhal and other
festivals across the country. If you are involved in such events or know anyone that is,
do not hesitate to get in touch as we would love to get involved.

Once again thank you to all our volunteers for their time, energy and effort during the
festival, especially our cameraman Roskobiwan who was on hand to document
proceedings for us throughout.


Review: Urban Exposé @ The Foundry

Saturday 26th May saw our first official outing of 5th Element NI as it exists now, in
an all-day Hip-Hop Exposé exploring the four elements of hip-hop culture.
Held at Foundry (now The Palm House) our volunteers were on hand to deliver
workshops in breakdancing, DJing, graffiti & lyric writing to both entertain and
educate young people and their families who were in attendance.

We were blessed with good weather and the outdoor b-boy jam was a major hit, with
both members of 5th Element, local b-boys including crew members of Northern
Soles and young break dance students captivating the audience with their moves.
To the joys of the kids in attendance, and perhaps the dismay of their parents, our
good fortune outdoors also allowed for some graffiti experimentation involving cans
of spray pains and plywood boards, with creativity and self-expression the order of the
day. Portuguese artist Skillz was on hand to help them get to grips with some lessons in can
control.

Inside, it really was amazing for us to witness how quickly veteran John King's
teaching methods were soaked in at the DJ workshop, with children as young as 5
being able to show older participants the basics of scratching before the end of the
session.

This kind of learning truly embodies our ethos of "each one, teach one"  and indicates
that with keeping moving forward in this direction, the potential and interest is there
for us to mold the next generation of hip-hop in Belfast through the power of
knowledge and positivity.

To provide a look at the ever blossoming live hip-hop scene in the North, the evening
saw a special live performance with Belfast's Waking Android, Steve Loc & Durty
Devz being joined by the North Coast's DBMCs & Derry's North West Hip-Hop
collective for a few hours of beats and rhymes to round of an excellent day.
Special thanks to all our volunteers, attendees & participants on the day, especially
Roskobiwan for the camera work and B-Boys Pash, Seba, Oldie, Bart, Terry, Flexill,
Shadow, SamRoc and their students for really keeping the party going outside all day!

 

 


5th Element NI - Urban Exposé Event

Interested in HipHop culture?

Want to try your hand at DJing? MCing? Break Dancing or Graffiti?
Join us on May 26th at The Foundry (Bankmore Square) for a day dedicated to spreading positive HipHop culture. Learn from our team of talented performers, artists, and musicians.

Check out our event page here.

WHAT'S GOING DOWN?

1pm - 5pm 
HIPHOP EXPOSÉ @ Foundry
This is a free event to help promote our newly established charity 5th Element NI, the only HipHop charity operating in Northern Ireland. We are dedicated to empowering our youth through creative HipHop disciplines, with focus on mental and physical health awareness.

6pm-9pm
LIVE HIPHOP PERFORMANCE @ Foundry
Another free event (18+) for all HipHop enthusiasts, featuring some of Northern Ireland's freshest HipHop artists. MCs & DJs from around N.I will be putting on a live showcase. Expect high energy, and non-stop head bobbing! Get your dancing shoes on!

Come & join the party on May 26th!



Upcoming Event: Elixir 6 - Feat. GASP

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MAY 18th  | Voodoo Belfast
Elixir #6 featuring Gasp
Live support from DBMCS // Shane Deane // 028 // Jack Bashful
Hosted by Daz with an open mic session plus DJs Militant Vinylist & John King
£6 all night.


♫ ♪ GASP

Gasp is a name that rings major bells in the Scottish scene and rightly so. We’ve nabbed his return to Belfast at the perfect time with his new release, C**T, set to release in the next few days and his peers and collaborators have promised a stomper. Extremely creative both musically and visually, Gasp pours his heart into his art and a passionate, energetic set is guaranteed. He will have Voodoo bouncing and you never know who he might bring along for the ride.

https://gasp.bandcamp.com/

♫ ♪ Rat Out Records - DBMC

“Back once again it’s the aw naw, f**k sake” - Representing the towns that form 'the triangle' we have the DMBCs. A collective from the North Coast the boys from Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine know how to rock a crowd big time with their bass heavy tunes and bars to make you slap your mates. The Rat Out Records delegates consist of Danny Droppit, Jay Suttin, Evol MC, Ill Cast & Sammy Goodknees and are coming armed, fresh off the release of their long awaited full length album Take Your Lickins which is available below

https://ratoutrecords.bandcamp.com/

♫ ♪ Shane Deane

North West Hip Hop general and a name familiar to everyone in our circle, Shane Deane has been hard at work on his proper solo debut release which has been produced in its entirety by Waking Android’s Kronus. The project will be nearly ready for release around this time and Shane’s excited to let us hear what he has been working on. Expect on stage cameos from a few regulars in what is set to be a high octane performance.

♫ ♪ 028

While remaining relatively quiet on the release side of things, 028 group that have been putting in work on the live circuit for several years. The collective make their long overdue Elixir debut represented on the night by city scene mainstays Mindesigns, Eil Ton, & Donica.

♫ ♪ Jack Bashful

One of the most exciting prospects the island has to offer, Jack Bashful oozes effortlessness. His slick, witty style translates excellently to stage or on record and he will be delivering his new debut project to us on the night – Fictional Clientele.

https://jackbashful.bandcamp.com/releases

We will be joined by Skankfm boss Daz on hosting duties, also supplying us with a few tunes from his vast catalogue while kicking off proceedings we have our ever present DJ Militant Vinylist (also on flyer duty) and another one of our regulars back for another go in the form of John King.

As always MCs from all over will have the chance to impress during our open mic session

All that for only £6 all night …. Come on!!!