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Hip Hop Boys Get Huge Fan Support

Hip Hop Boys Get Huge Fan Support

Who: Downsyde
What: Krushin 3
Where: The Star Hotel
When: Friday July 18, 2003

IN the past 12 months, the Australian hip hop scene has truly sky rocketed.

With the support of  TRIPLE J and a growing acceptance of homegrown artists, acts like  THE HERD and  DOWNSYDE have garnered new support from fans nationwide.

Newcastle will showcase the cream of the crop when the  KRUSHN 3  hip hop event is held at  STAR NEWCASTLE  on Friday night, featuring acts such as Downsyde.

Like The Herd, Downsyde is a hip hop collective of MCs and DJs but with the added element of live instruments.

The group was formed in 1996 by MCs  OPTAMUS  and  DYNA-MIKES who later recruited the skills of MC  DAZASTAH  and DJ ARMEE.

 With the addition of drummer  SALVATORE and keyboardist  CHEEKY, Downsyde was born.

``It was about two years ago that we brought a drummer and sampler in,'' DJ Armee said.

``We were doing a lot of festivals and we just loved that whole live element.

It has brought a whole new feeling to the show.

'' As well as the release of the album ifThe Land of The Giants , the year has delivered plenty of special moments.

lw0Highlights include gigs at the  BIG DAY OUT, BYRON BAY BLUES BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL  and a support slot alongside  GRANDMASTER FLASH.

 Following the band's show at Newcastle, it will play at  SPLEN DOUR IN THE GRASS.

 The entry fee is $10.

`We've never been to Newcastle, so we're really looking forward to it.

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