This is big news for the contest scene – that this year’s NASS Festival will host the IBMXF Worlds for 2016. The last time the Worlds took place in the UK was back in 1988 when freestyle was a completely different animal – then from ’89 onwards the contest sorta did the rounds of Europe for a bit (France a couple times, Holland, Germany, Portugal, etc, depending on which country’s freestyle association wanted to play host) then the comp lived in Cologne, Germany, for a long time as an annual event. And now it’s back in the UK courtesy of the guys at NASS. They sent us a big press release with all the information so far – dates, venues, details and music acts lined up so far – and here it is:
UK Festival to host BMX World Championships
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July 2016
NASS Festival & the International BMX Freestyle Federation (IBMXFF) have announced that the BMX World Championships will be held in the UK for the first time in 28 years.
The world’s leading freestyle BMX athletes will descend on the West Country in time for NASS, the action sport and music festival which takes place on the 8th – 10th July, near Bristol.
The event promises to be one of the largest global BMX freestyle events of the year with more than 450 professional and amateur athletes from over 40 countries heading to NASS to compete across three specialities of BMX freestyle; park, vert and dirt.
Leading athletes already confirmed for 2016 include:
BMX legend, Mat Hoffman, Australian superstar and three times NASS winner, Logan Martin, X Games 2015 Gold Medallist, Daniel Sandoval, Great Britain’s top riders, Alex Coleborn, seven times NASS Pro Park champion, Mark Webb, Daniel Dhers who has five X Games gold medals under his belt and Simon Tabron, Coco Zurita and Brandon Loupos.
As well as the BMX worlds, top pro skateboarders will compete over the weekend for their share of a prize purse totalling over $50,000 (the largest BMX and skate prize purse in the UK). The event will feature a 14ft Vert Ramp, a pro park, dirt jumps, street spots, public courses and ramps.
Inspired by the individuality and creativity of alternative youth culture, 15,000 music & action sport fans will make their way to the Bath & West Showground for a weekend of action sports, live music and hardcore revelry.
Mat Hoffman, chairman of the IBMXFF and BMX legend, said: “It’s been almost 28 years but our ‘Worlds’ are returning to English soil with a bang. I was there in 1988 and I’ll be there again, high-fiving the progression and rocking the love! We are going to see the best riding, inspired by the best music. This is THE Event to plan your year around. See you there!”
Richie Inskip, brand manager, NASS added: “We are stoked that NASS has been chosen to host the BMX world championships. For the first time in 28 years, the biggest event in the BMX freestyle community is returning to the UK. Successfully obtaining international sanctioning of our BMX contest is a testament to the progressive level of performance our athletes demonstrate year on year. Together with the other actions sports we represent, the BMX Worlds really cement NASS as a massive force within the industry and one of the top action sport festivals in the world.”
To get involved in the competition, athletes must register their interest early as there are limited spaces in both the professional and amateur divisions, which will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. http://www.nassfestival.com/event-info/athletes
American alternative hip hop group, Jurassic 5 will headline the main stage in 2016 joining headliners drum ‘n’ bass champion, Andy C, one of the fore fathers of the genre and Australian electronic dance music duo, Knife Party. Live street artists have also been invited to paint across the festival, completing that awe-inspiring banging atmosphere.
The full line-up, keeping the music stages roaring until 3am, now includes:
Jurassic 5 // Andy C // Knife Party
Wilkinson Live // Stormzy // Spor // Modestep // Dirtyphonics // Little Simz // General Levy // OneMan back to back My Nu Leng // Redlight // Rat Boy // Bugzy Malone // Charlie Tee // SYV // Netsky // Newham Generals // Full Cycle // Giggs // Charlie Tee // FIDLAR // Camo & Krooked // DJ Zinc// Big Narstie//Kurupt FM
Playaz 20 Years (DJ Hype, Hazard, Pascale & Daddy Earl) // Delta Heavy w 2Shy // Dub Phizix & Strategy // Fred V & Grafix // Preditah // Redlight // SASASAS (Skibba, Shabba, Shotta, Stormin, Phantasy, Macky Gee & Alpha) // Audio // Logan D with Evil B // Eksman (Mc) // Evil B (Mc) // Sinprint //Preditah // T Williams pres Dread D // Zed Bias // GotSome // Flava D // Barely Legal // Chunky // Tippa // DJ Darko // Viper: Live Showcase (Matrix & Futurebound B2B Brookes Brothers B2B Cyantitifc w/Rhymestar & Miss Trouble) // Friction w Linguistics // Crissy Criss with Carasel // Frankee // Carasel (MC) Dub Phizix & Strategy // Digital Farm Animals // Premise // Sinprint // 2Shy // Audio // Carasel // Chunky / DJ Darko // Eksman // Evil B // Logan D w Evil B // Premise / Tippa
Final Headliner and many more acts TBA
BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS & INTERNATIONAL SKATEBOARD COMPETITION
The IBMXFF BMX World Championships
Mat Hoffman (USA) // Logan Martin (AUS) // Daniel Sandoval (USA) // Alex Coleborn (GBR) // Mark Webb (GBR) // Daniel Dhers (VEN) // Simon Tabron (GBR) // Coco Zurita (CHI) // Brandon Loupos (AUS) //
14ft Vert Ramp // Pro Park // Dirt Jumps / Street Spots // Public Courses & Ramps // Girl’s Sessions // MTB // Inline // Air Bag // Street Art // Paintballing // DJ & MC Workshops //Shisha Lounges // Stall Yard // White Knuckle Rides
Check out the highlights from NASS 2015 here!
Tickets for 2016 are available now through See Tickets NASS operates a tiered ticketing system with price bands for tickets changing over time – the sooner you buy, the cheaper it is.
For more information and tickets visit www.nassfestival.com and follow festival news on Twitter and Facebook @nassfestival using #NASSFestival.
Festival address: Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN
About IBMXFF — International BMX Freestyle Federation (IBMXFF)
The International BMX Freestyle Federation (IBMXFF) is a non-profit worldwide organization and the international governing body for BMX Freestyle with members representing 20 countries.
The IBMXFF’s mission is to protect BMX Freestyle for the benefit of all its participants and enthusiasts, as well as, promote and cultivate participation and progression in BMX Freestyle and to provide direction, guidelines, leadership and to foster cooperation among BMX Freestyle’s athletes, organizers, industry and events.