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Review: BBoy Coastal Event – Breakers Go Boom in Blackpool.

Photography by C J Griffiths

On the 20th October 2012 the Coastal Conflict Event went off wild style at the Underbar in Blackpool. I went along to take some photos and talk to the organisers, mainly Joseph Rogan and his brother Scott Rogan, about their influences and their love of BBoy Culture.
Q: So where did the name of the event come from?

The name is taken from our home town, Blackpool, and that it is on the coast. With every BBoy event (Break Dance Competition) there are dance battles: hence the word, ‘conflict’.

Q: Who are the organisers and what are your backgrounds?

The event was organised by me and my brother Scott Rogan, plus two other close friends: Wayne Hawkins and Daz Littlewood.
We are all from Blackpool have been friends for over 28 years. Me and Scott met Wayne and Daz at the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre where we used to dance for the public. People may remember there were a number of ‘Breakers’ who would whip out mobile lino of a Saturday afternoon and do live, impromtu shows – it was very cool.

Q: What are the key influences?

The influences for the event are an attempt to bring the old school BBoys together with their younger contemporaries.
The styles have changed so much over the years and it’s an opportunity to showcase a bit of everything.

Q: Do you think think this genre is making a come-back?

We all believe BBoying and Breaking has never gone. We would like to see our events grow and for the people who attend them to enjoy a really good night of dance and music.

Photography by C J Griffiths

Q: As you have been involved in the scene for such a long time, whats your best memory?

One of my favourite memories was the dance crew the Floormasters challenging one of Manchester’s top crews, Street Machine, at an under 18’s club in Bolton and beating them.

Q: What is a strong personal influence?

My biggest influence is Crazy Legs from the Rock Steady Crew. A fantastic dancer and event organiser.

Q: When is the next event?

It will be announced shortly me and the guys are currently in discussions.
We feel Blackpool is missing out on HIP HOP events. But with Coastal Conflict and the help of the other organisers we can change that and grow to put on larger events that more people can enjoy. I believe you get out of things what you put in. In fact we all feel like that and that’s why Coastal Conflict will be a success.

Photography by C J Griffiths
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