The Breakin Convention Park Jam 2015 | Review
Breakin’ Convention – Beats, Rhymes and Family Time
It’s usually the same, whenever you meet new people the conversation often comes around to “So, what type of music you into?”. Now depending on who you are with this comes as a bit of a dilemma.
My first love of over 30 years is Rap, well the whole Hip-Hop culture, but telling new people as a 40 something white bloke can be a bit pain and it shouldn’t be. – As soon as they hear that, they show their ignorance and go into a silly accent, throw up pretend gang signs with their hands and saying “Yo” a lot. Then they ask well what sort? I say “Old School”, they then say “Yeah me too” and go on about what they love about Eminem and Snoop Dogg…..
At this stage, rather than wanting to sound like a pretentious music pr”ck, or get into a long drawn-out argument I usually start talking about my other interests to get them off the subject (Or just send them a link to video below if they are really interested). I’ve loved Hip-Hop since 1982-83, for me and many other “Ageing B-Boys” it’s something special that has stayed with us throughout the years, despite being twisted and commercialised into what you see today.
I know, I sound like an old b”stard but 98% of Rap they probably hear isn’t the music I listened to, the anthems of my past were never about bitches and hoes and killing people.
At its very essence Rap is a cornerstone of Hip-Hop that’s message was about “Peace, Unity, Love and Having Fun” – that’s what a lot of people misjudge and misconceive. So, when an event like the “Park Jam” happens, I make sure we attend.
“The Breakin’ Convention’s Park Jam has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s realest hip hop events. Taking things back to the roots of the culture, this jam is suitable for the whole family. A funk-filled, open-air dance, music and art extravaganza and like all of the best things in life, this event is free!”
In its third year, the Park Jam takes place on the first Bank Holiday in May just around the corner from the Sadlers Wells Theatre in London. Where for the preceding two days dancers and dance fans from around the world converge to take part in an incredible festival of talent that has to be seen to be believed.
They provide top quality entertainment that epitomises the Hip-Hop that I love. It brings together people from different races, colours, ages and backgrounds together who share one thing in common, the love for the true meaning of Hip-Hop as it was back in the day.
Kids run, play, laugh and learn while Rappers and DJ’s light up the stage, street gymnasts show off their muscles in amazing Block workouts. Incredible Graf artists produce huge murals and most importantly for me, people spontaneously dance, not because they are performing but because they want to and they just can’t help it, no matter what their ages.
For me over the last three years of attending it has become almost a bit of a pilgrimage (despite the 3-hour each-way journey). I get the chance to see old friends, meet new ones, watch or take part and feel part of something special. It’s also the chance to show my son what it is all about – safe in the comfort that he hopefully will be inspired to try expressing himself positively. And if this year is anything to go by, he will…
A massive shout out goes out to Jonzi-D and the entire BC team for their amazing work and tireless passion in putting on such a brilliantly organised event. Thank you for keep the flag flying, the flame burning, the turntables turning, the b-boys burning and most importantly the “Peace, Unity, Love and Having Fun” central to our hearts.
If you want to find out more about the Breakin’ Convention, then you should visit the site here –
Where you there? If so let me know what your favorite part of the day was in the comments below.
And if you weren’t there, why the devil not?