Rebel Sound Win Red Bull Culture Clash 2014

Here's what went down!
Rebel Sound Win it
By Josh Jones

That. Was. A. Ridiculously. Good. Show.

A bar has been raised. And raised really fricking high.

Rebel Sound, made up of Chase & Status, Rage, Shy FX and clash king David Rodigan MBE stormed to victory at the Red Bull Culture Clash 2014 as a packed out, 20,000 strong crowd at Earl's Court lost their sh*t over four rounds and four hours at the largest head to head clash London has ever seen.

Fans started queuing at 9am for the epic showdown. Joining the sell-out crowd were supermodel Jourdan Dunn, Alexandra Burke, Katy B and Wretch 32, with Emeli Sande and Naughty Boy cheering on at the side of the Rebel Sound stage, the winner's dropping exclusive dubplates featuring Rihanna, Sande and British broadcasting legend Trevor McDonald.

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It was hot. It was sweaty. It was everything you wanted from a massive clash. The energy in the air was heavy with expectations of surprises, counteractions, custom dubs, cussing and special guests on all four stages and that's exactly what we got. Special guest performances across the four crews included Tempa T, Danny Brown and House of Pain


Stylo G made a guest appearance for Stone Love, while A$AP Mob's special guests Danny Brown and House of Pain didn't do enough to win it for them. Boy Better Know invited literally all of grime to their stage with the notable exception of Tempa T, whose charging out out on to Rebel Sound's stage took everyone aback.

That set the tone for a series of face offs as Jammer called Stone Love 'Stone Age', Skepta presumed Rodigan and Shy FX were Chase & Status' grandad and uncle, Rodigan announced he 'felt sorry for A$AP' and A$AP Mob professed to have "fucked" BBK's "bitch".

But it's the subtle things that can win a competition like this and someone as experienced as Rodigan knows that geting BBC 3's Kurupt FM to introduce them in Round 3 and getting custom dubs from Rihanna, a Luck and Neat Little Bit Of Dub, as well as another from Emeli Sande all dissing the other crews would sway the crowd their way...

The other best bits? Jammer appearing fully kitted out as Murkle Man, A$AP Mob arriving on quad bikes, Solo 45 not even bothering to put on a top, Stone Love and Rodigan - two absolute titans of sound clashes standing toe to toe and calling each other out across the vast venue and Boy Better Know playing Mysterious Girl as they sought for reggae songs to countract.

Check back here for exclusive behind the scenes footage and photos as well as our man backstage Elijah from Butterz giving us his roaming eye's view of what was going on on the other side of the barrier.

You can relive the whole night right here on our live blog

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