Eskimo Dance Takes London & Completely Shuts It Down
Eskimo Dance was the brainchild of Wiley - the Godfather of Grime - and it was first started years ago to create a place where of MCs could get together under one roof and to put it simply, celebrate the culture. Granted, a lot of us (myself included), were too young to go to the raves back then, but luckily, fast forward all the way to 2016, Eski dance is still going and is stronger than ever.
With London being the real home of Grime - the birth place, the mothership, the 'ends' - you already know that this is the place where Eskimo Dance reaaaally goes off. On Saturday 5th March, Eski took Building 6 in London, and oh my - it was madness. The show was sold out in advance and the venue was pretty much bursting at the seams, full of the most dedicated, hardcore, wildest, grimiest fans.
There are so many shows and events put on these days, but there's something about Eskimo Dance that has stayed real authentic, and still has that real special feel to it. On paper, events like these shouldn’t work - which is why our scene faces so many issues with events being locked off by the police - but if anything, Eski is living proof that when we all get together, it's something for the history books.
The one thing you can guarantee about Eskimo, is that no matter how sick their line up is, you can pretty much count on a bunch of extra MCs turning up on the day too - and that's exactly what the London date was like. The whole night was basically a who's who of Grime. It was the only place to be if you had anything to do with the culture. And the dope thing about Eskimo is that it cosigns talent on so many different levels; right from the OGs in the game like Wiley, Skepta, Jammer and Ghetts, all the way down to the new names coming through, like AJ Tracey.
London crowds tend to be renown for their stiff energy in raves, but the vibe at Eski was nothing less than epic. From people not caring about losing trainers in the packed out crowds, to spitting back every bar word for word and moshing to every wheel up, the love was real in the room. Even when it hit 5am (7 hours after the doors first opened), the crowd still had the most amount of energy as if the dance had just started. Big up Scratchy for jumping back on stage to vibes with the all-nighters!
Currently making their way through a 6 date UK tour, Eskimo Dance has grown so much that they’re now able to visit brand new cities for the first time including Manchester and Glasgow. Head over to http://eskimodance.skiddletickets.com/events.php now to snap up tickets to the rest of the tour!
You don't want to be the person that missed out on Eskimo Dance!
Words: Tasha Demi
Online Edit: Ra'ed Khan