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Crossfire Xmas Jam 2011 results

Surrounded by blue skies and a winter chill, the Crossfire Xmas Jam warmed a few hundred people at Bay 66 Skatepark yesterday. The rain held, the skateboarding poured and only four people managed to spill blood on the day. Thankfully there were no broken bones to talk about.

Manny Lopez came off worse by running into Tim Prozorov and suffered a collision injury that forced the ambulance service to drive him to the nearest hospital for stitches. Adrenaline was needed to slow down the bleeding so it could be stitched up so he will be feeling sore this morning. Get well soon Manny, we all missed watching you skate.

Some big stuff went down in this session. Notable mentions to Chroliver, Nowik, Cullen, Raemers, Zwijsen, Collins and many more for all day shredding and of course, the legendary Mark Brewster’s vocal skills on the mic all day. Churchill has got nothing on this cat. Look out for a video edit and a photo gallery very soon and thanks to all who got off their backsides to get amongst it with us on the day.

A rowdy crowd filled the after party who roared along to the premiere of the Kill City Skateboards Rookies DVD. It was the first time some of the team riders had seen the film due to a trip to Barcelona last week and it did not disappoint. Beers were raised, the film dropped its hammers and there should be some tasty hangovers out there today.

Big thanks to all who drove for miles to share these good times and make these events work plus all of the staff at Bay 66 Skatepark, and our associate sponsors Slam City Skates Plan B, Flip and Superdead Skateboards

More big shouts out to Heroin, Death, Drawing Boards, Science, Crayon, Kill City, Lovenskate and Blueprint Skateboards, Andy Evans and Sam May for being involved in a another great day of skateboarding.

This jam was for Bingo on his Birthday. RIP.


Flat Bar Comp: Lewis Bell – FS Feeble Shove-it (Drawing Boards deck/tee)

Hip Comp: Ben Rafferty – BS 360 Flip (turning with it) (£25 Slam City Skates voucher)

Mini Ramp Comp: Rob Safe – 540′ (!) (£50 Slam City Skates voucher)

Driveway Comp: Taylor Reid – FS bigspin to flat (£100 Slam City Skates voucher)


Plan B Flat Bar Comp: Jake Collins – Front tailslide 270 out – £50

Superdead Long Arse Hubba Comp: Chris Oliver BS lipslide/FS bluntslide/5050 – £50

Plan B Hubba Jam: Ben Raemers – FS boardslide pisstaker / FS 5050 to fakie / BS tailslide fakie and more – £100

Superdead Wallride Comp: Chris Oliver: FS bluntslide across the quarter – £100

Superdead/Plan B Longest Driveway Ollie: Phil Zwijsen – £100


Overall Mini Ramp Steez Award: Split between Greg Nowik and Jed Cullen

Highest FS Air: Chris Oliver (Over 6ft?!)

Combo Grind/Slide: Jake Collins – BS smith/tail slide

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Rack N Ruin interview

Rack n Ruin has been knocking out bangers for a couple of years now and with a string of hits under his belt including Soundclash, Righteous, Territory and more, he’s guaranteed to blast the speakers each and every time. As we gear up for the Crossfire Halloween Massacre, we had a quick chat with him to show you what to expect come the 28th.

You’ve been on the scene for a little while now and have mixed up sounds from Soundclash with Jessie Ware to Territory – do you just make tunes as you go along and see how they turn out? Or do you set out to make certain styles before you get going?

It depends really. Some days I have an idea in my idea and will stick to that but some days it’s just experimentation. If I’m working with a vocalist, we’ll generally get the vibe going together and then go from there.

You’ve done remixes for the likes of I Blame Coco and Nas/Damian Marley – how did they come about and do you approach them any differently from your own original beats?

Island Records approached me after hearing Soundclash and asked me to do some remixes, this then led to the work with Coco etc. I approach remixes in lots of ways, but usually I listen to the original and think of a way to make it more interesting and more suited to the dancefloor. It is different to making original tunes unless you start an original with a prominent sample.

There are loads of talented MCs out there, who have been the best you’ve worked with and are there any you still want to jump on one of your tracks?

P-Money is very talented and a fast writer. Old skool jungle dons like Navigator and Slarta John are also amazing. I’m very lucky to have worked with such sick MCs. I’d really like to work with some MCs from the States next.

How did you hook up with Black Butter Records and how good a fit are they for your tunes?

My manager runs the label and we’ve been there from the start of the label so it nice and my sound has progessed along with the label. I really like their output so it’s all good!

What are your top three tunes playing out at the moment?

Bax by Mosca, Signal by me and P-Money and everything by Hostage!

It’s the Crossfire Halloween Massacre you’re playing at, so who would be the last person you’d want to see trick or treating you when you open the door?

Evil clowns freak me out so probably one of them!

And money’s no object – what would you dress up as for the Ultimate Halloween outfit?

That’s a hard one. Always loved the Jason films so probably him, a bloody hockey mask!

Get on Rack N Ruin’s latest release below and find him of Facebook.

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The Crossfire Halloween Massacre 2011

Thanks for making this one of the best night’s out we have ever had the pleasure of creating. Look out for the gallery today on the homepage.



9 – 10.30pm: LAST RESORT
10.30 – 11pm: CROWNS LIVE
12.30am – 2amSTEREO:TYPE


10.30pm-12am – LAST RESORT DJs


10pm-11.30pm TOMB CREW with ILLAMAN MC
11.30pm -1am RACK N RUIN
2.30am-4.00am HIGH RANKIN and TIGERLIGHT

So here, we are. There are literally handfuls of advance tickets left. Snap them up right now and we will have your details on the door for when you arrive, no worries. We have also held back only 100 tickets on the door for those of you who can’t get your shit together! We are almost there though, you’d better be ready!

In order to celebrate 10 YEARS of doing this Crossfire stuff, our filthiest party, THE CROSSFIRE HALLOWEEN MASSACRE in association with Vans returns to the capital this year on Friday October 28th. We are putting everything into this one here so get organised in advance. Press play for Halloween Treats!


This party will be held at the same venue that we threw the Flip premiere at HIDDEN CLUB, 100 Tinworth Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 5EQ from 9pm-5am. Click here for a map. Please note that this night is strictly over 18’s only. You will be asked to show ID at the door and go through a small security check.


Earlybird tickets have now unfortunately sold out. Advance tickets for just £10 (+booking fee) are on sale now from Ticketweb and WeGotTickets for a limited period. You can pick up paper tickets in the shop over the counter and online here at Slam City Skates. Please note that this event always sells out and tickets are currently selling fast, so organise your Halloween night now to avoid disappointment. Invite your friends from the Facebook
event page.


The Massacre is only a week away, so what will you be dressing up as this year? It’s not essential but please note that pretty much everyone makes a big effort for this party. We will give away a huge package from Vans, Front, Crossfire and of course, a ltd edition Toxic Wasters sticker pack for the best dressed on the night. The best dressed male and best dressed female will be picked at midnight, so get yourself organised this weekend!

Nine Inch Nails, mashed up with Skrillex, Guns and Roses, Plan B, Michael Jackson, Slipknot, Chase and Status, Pendulum, Nero, Rage Against the Machine, The Prodigy, Noisia, Daft Punk- it’s all stuffed into here to form a party classic! Just dive into this and download it for free today on us.

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Crossfire Halloween Mix & Free Mashup by Stereo:Type


Cerebral Ballzy are our special guests this year. Watch their latest video here and look out for an interview with them this month.

We have also added Cornish 4-piece punk band, Crowns to the Vans room line up. Expect pirate style punk rock with a boozy swagger hitting your ears! Get a free download here.



ROUT & SGT ROLFY (Enter Shikari DJ Set)
RACK N RUIN (Black Butter Records)
TOMBCREW feat ILLAMAN MC (Trouble & Bass)


STEREO:TYPE (XFM’s most requested Mash Up DJ)
PHEOBE WINTER (Metal Hammer show onPlanet Rock)


12 of the most exciting skateboard graphic illustrators will showcase one off sticker designs especially for Halloween. Includes exclusive work from Paul Parker, Mr Gauky, Kyle Platts, Sam Taylor, Matthew Bromley, French, Stu Smith, Fos, Craig Scott, Dan Singer, Paddy Jones and Tom Slater.

Watch Paul Parker’s illustration documentary here to find out more about his art. Mr Gauky’s Day In A Life is also now live. Awesome stuff.

If you have been to the Massacre before then you know you will need 2 days off to recover, so this year we have decided to help you out and throw it on a Friday. Get organised with tickets now to avoid disappointment. Please download the Massacre flyer below and put it on your wall. See you there!


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Lords of the Swords party edit

On Sunday night The Lords of the Swords party at the Hooga Bar in Chelmsford screened the winning edit from the DSD Team and got very drunk.

Watch the messy night once the voting on our site had finished below and click here to watch all of the videos from this amazing Essex scene get together.

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And the winner of Lords of the Swords 2011 is…

If you have not visited us this weekend you would have missed the most frantic 2 days of voting for the Lords of the Swords 2011 video comp. 9 videos from the road trip comp were hosted on Saturday morning in this feature alongside a gallery of photos from Tom Halliday.

After a huge amount of votes Team DSD have picked up this year’s incredible trophy with their fantastic video edit. Well done to everyone involved that made this year’s comp so special. All of the teams will be getting smashed right now and skating a mini ramp at the Hooga Bar in Chelmsford!

If you are reading this blown away by the togetherness of the Essex skate scene and are inspired to do something similar in your local scene then get in touch with us and we will support it 100%.

Vote results

1st. Team DSD (27%)
2nd. Team Blitzkrieg (24%)
3rd. The Green Team (11%)
4th: The D-Team (10%)
5th. Team Deutschland (8%)
6th.The Zombie Skateboards team (8%)
7th. Monster Network (7%)
8th. Team Pokéfux (4%)
9th. Team Scratch and Sniff (1%)

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Crossfire Sound System to play Reading Festival

Going to Reading Festival this weekend? If so, the Crossfire Sound System with both Zac and James Sherry onboard have been confirmed to host a headline DJ slot on Saturday night.

If you are there backstage, you can find Crossfire’s founders spinning party tunes with a punch backstage in the Relentless Energy Drink VIP tent from midnight until 2am. See you there for total carnage…



Witchcraft Skateboards Tour 2011 video

The start of the Witchcraft Skateboards tour at the beginning of this month saw the road crew consisting of French, Jake Snelling, Jamie Morley, Mark Tidbury and many friends hit up skateparks around the Herfordshire and Essex areas. With the plan to pick up more team riders and friends along the way, the first stop on the tour was Saffron Walden’s American built paradise. The sun was out, the concrete coping got rinsed and luckily no one was injured on the first day!

On day 2, the team riders met more friends at Hemel Hemstead’s Extreme Connexions park for session on their brand new coping and pool tiles. The sight of tube socks was ridiculous and even the familiar faces of Ben Raemers, Carl Wilson and Mark Munson were there to welcome the lads off the van.

Enjoy this footage put together by Bromley of these 2 packed days of skating on the road. Look out for the full tour video on Sidewalk Mag when it’s ready to roll soon and thanks to Terrathorn for the use of their music.

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Coastal Carnage 2011 finals video

The finals from this weekend’s Coastal Carnage event in Huntington Beach has been documented by the Tampa crew.

Tom Remillard took first place and $15,000. Tony Hawk won Best Trick with a crazy 540 on the shark pillar. Click here for the full results and video for the qualifying sessions.

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New Neil Smith pro footage for Blueprint

Blueprint Skateboards have released a fresh video edit today featuring Neil Smith.

Watch this footage from Essex’ finest that is Edit of the Week here and look out for his pro model in your local skate shop this month.

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Sonisphere Festival 2011 preview

Yep, it’s that time of the year again! (Although it seems to have come along a little earlier this year). Sonisphere 2011 is upon us, and is currently doing the rounds in mainland Europe with blistering performances from the likes of Judas Priest and Mastodon. This year, however, it’s the UK’s turn to witness the Big Four of thrash – Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax – together on these shores for the first time in history, and it’s arguably this which has made Sonisphere one of the most eagerly anticipated festivals of 2011.

Crossfire will be in attendance, so watch out for our review of the festival afterwards. In the meantime, here’s a list of bands that we’re looking forward to; from the huge Apollo Stage big guns to the up and coming talent that will be gracing the smaller stage. There’s something for everyone here, so get involved!

Slayer (Apollo Stage, Friday)

Arguably the most respected of the Big Four (as well as the only one to still boast all four original members), Slayer celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, but 2009’s ‘World Painted Blood’ album is proof enough that these thrash veterans haven’t mellowed with age. If there was a nuclear holocaust tomorrow, they’d probably still be rocking out amongst the cockroaches, but for now, the smart money’s on them inciting the craziest pits at Sonisphere.

Mastodon (Apollo Stage, Sunday)

What we can we say about this lot? Well, all you need to do is watch thier spankling brand new video here and decide for yourself if this is not one of the raddest bands that will play this festival. Get in there.

Motorhead (Apollo Stage, Sunday)

Some people (mainly fools) complain that Motorhead’s songs all sound the same – and whilst it’s true that Lemmy and co. have never given much thought to musical evolution, neither would you if you could play filthy, gut-level rock n’ roll as well as the ‘Head do. Nearly 40 years in the game, and they’re still delivering the musical equivalent of a gigantic one-finger salute. Expect to hear the classics (‘Bomber’, ‘Ace Of Spades’, ‘Overkill’, etc.) plus maybe a track or two from their surprisingly good recent album, ‘The World Is Yours’.

Gallows (Saturn Stage, Saturday)

The beauty of a Gallows show is that you never know exactly what you’re going to get. With a suitably livewire stage presence, a penchant for audience participation, and rumours of new songs nearing completion, theirs is not going to be the most predictable of sets. That said, the likes of ‘London Is The Reason’ and ‘Abandon Ship’ are arguably the finest marriage of hardcore fury and rock n’ roll awagger that you’ll hear all weekend.

Revoker (Red Bull Bedroom Jam, Saturday)

Coming across rather like a evil hybrid of Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Head and early 90’s Metallica, these upstarts are cut from a more abrasive cloth than the majority of their South Wales musical brethren. It’s still early days for Revoker, but they have determination and vigour on their side, and are sure to give it 100% at Sonisphere.

Cancer Bats (Bohemia Stage, Sunday)

Brace yourselves for this lot, because they’re gonna hit the festival like a sonic wrecking-ball of a band. The Canadian hardcore quartet seem to be getting better (and heavier) with time, and with the indefatigable presence of Liam Cormier on vocals (seriously, this man has no ‘off’ button), they could well be the Bohemia stage’s crowning glory.

Cerebral Ballzy (Red Bull Bedroom Jam, Friday)

Long week at work/school? Well, remove your brain, pop it in its spongebag, and then get yourself down the front for Cerebral Ballzy; five guys from Brooklyn who deal in short, sharp bursts of wonderfully sloppy hardcore punk, and who aren’t afraid to revel in their own idiocy. Full video interview coming from them very soon from their date at Camden Crawl, watch this space.

Turbowolf (Bohemia Stage, Sunday)

There’s something slightly unhinged about Turbowolf. Maybe it’s the way that vocalist Chris prowls the stage, seemingly more hungry for the audience’s blood than their approval. Maybe it’s the way ‘Bite Me Like A Dog’ kicks its way into your subconscious in a mass of skewed electronics and thunderous riff action. Or maybe it’s the band’s ability to whip a room into a writhing, slamming, sweaty mass of bodies wherever they go. Either way…go see.

Young Legionnaire (Red Bull Bedroom Jam, Friday)

The brainchild of former yourcodenameis:milo singer/guitarist Paul Mullen and Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes, you might not expect them to be the most hard-rocking of bands, but you’d be wrong. Debut album ‘Crisis Works’ is a mix of scratchy post-hardcore guitars and bowel-loosening grooves, with Mullen roaring himself hoarse over the top of it all. Essential stuff.

Head to for tickets and more info and we will see you there.

Alex Gosman