We left for NASS on Thursday morning. On board were MC Andy Zeiss, Philip de Jong and uncle Paul, a great road trip crew. For people not in the know, NASS Festival takes place in the middle of nowhere in a field in the South-West of England. People camp out, use the showers on the premises and eat whatever food is available at the festival. With 5 days ahead of us we had packed three coolers, some tents, chairs, some snacks, food, and whatever else we thought we would need. In other words, we came prepared. On arrival it took a bit of smooth talking to get the Vito next to the Glamping Tipi tents that were already set up. Andy, Paul and Seb Heijna shared one of those. Philip and I both threw a 2 second tent in the air, rolled out the self inflating Decathlon mat and threw the sleeping bag on top. We had no electricity so powerbanks, gas tanks and batteries took care of our needs such as light, and coffee. But first we had some adult drinks to kill while they were still icey cold. Folding chairs were put up, a strong table was placed in the middle and a phone played our favourite songs. We were camping out to the fullest.
Every single day we woke up in a sauna. England enjoyed a heat-wave which meant at 8am the sun was already up and tried to get everyone out of their tents. It worked better than an alarm clock. The camping area was just a short distance away from the NASS Festival where the Dirt, Vert, Street and Park events were held next to all the concerts that were planned. Nearly 20.000 people were around, looking for a good time. Those who came for BMX could enjoy the music. Those who came for the music, could enjoy a bit of BMX.
The International BMX Freestyle Federation (iBMXFF) World Championships came to a close at NASS in the UK today with Vince Byron, Jose Torres, Jack Clark and Matthias Dandois taking the World Champion titles. The largest global BMX freestyle event of the year took place at NASS Festival this weekend (6th – 9th July) at the Bath & West Showground.
Australia’s Vince Byron and Jose Torres hailing from Argentina took the Pro Vert World Champion title and Pro Park World Champion title respectively. Britain’s Jack Clark was named Dirt World Champion and France’s Matthias Dandois was crowned Pro Flatland World Champion. Over 450 professional and amateur athletes across the globe headed to NASS to compete across four disciplines of BMX freestyle, park, vert, dirt and flatland, skateboard park and flatland and mountain bike dirt.
The event featured a 14ft Vert Ramp, one of Europe’s tallest, 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 made their way to the Bath & West Showground for a weekend of action sports, live music and hardcore revelry.
Hip Hop royalty in the shape of Wu Tang Clan’s Method Man and Redman headlined Friday night supported by rising grime star Giggs. On Saturday Aussie Drum and Bass outfit Pendulum and DJ duo Sigma while the festival came to a close on Sunday with grime legend, Kano and Wiley.