4Elements All Ages HipHop Festival 2017 – Review
Last Saturday The Westies headed down to the Bankstown Arts Centre to check out 4Elements – all ages HipHop festival, hosted in Western Sydney with a real focus on local talent.
Walking though the front door, you’re straight into the action of the dance battles taking place, which set the perfect tone for the rest of the afternoon. Making it just in time to catch Mirrah (who can normally be seen performing with L Fresh the Lion) stepping out on her own – shit this girl can sing, and fills the stage with her smile alone. We are looking forward to catching her head lining more of her own shows soon.
The whole centre was hive of activity, music, art, dance and painting. The older crew were guiding younger ones on technique, form and flow creating the moments that stick in your mind for a lifetime.
Seeing Luka Lesson perform a spoken word set is quite an experience, but seeing him get up and perform with his band behind him is another thing altogether. This man uses words with the skill of a Jedi master, delivering them with a flow and rhythm that makes your heart beat faster and then almost stop before a collective exhale fills the room. Talk about hanging on every word and Lolita damn girl you’ve got lungs!
The Westies are long time fans of L-Fresh the Lion and it’s not just because his music is great, it’s the way he will stop for a chat or a photo and offer some advice to an enthusiastic fan – he’s a genuinely good dude as he proved on Australia Day in 2017. This guy truly practices what he preaches: unity, love and peace. He is as much just a guy enjoying the festival as he was the headline act.
This year’s addition of food trucks to the 4Elements event was a super welcome one, offering delicious snacks and treats from some of the local favourites. It was the perfect weather for an ever-comforting burger and a side of fries and in that weather it was nice to be able to grab some food close by.
The rain may have dampened the ground but had no effect on anyone’s spirits. This festival clearly belongs to the people and the sense of family is felt as soon as you walk through the door. One not to be missed in the 2018 calendar.
Words: Katrina James
Photos: Katrina James