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Bevlak beats Newso in Secret Wars semi-final

Posted on: March 8, 2009

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Bevlak’s winning piece

Bevlak knocked out reigning champion  Newso lastnight in Birmingham’s Secret Wars semi-final at The Rainbow in Digbeth.

As decribed in a previous post Secret Wars is a street art competition spread only by word of mouth.

Having never been to one of these events before, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I have to admit the combination of art, music and good company made it a throughly enjoyable night!

The old Victorian pub already home to numerous pieces of modern art and graffiti laden walls provided an inspirational setting for the battle.

What happened

In the courtyard of The Rainbow, the artists were given an hour and a half to complete their masterpieces on a huge plain white canvas using just black Edding pens and paint.

They set to work bopping to some good tunes played by the resident DJs and Rhubarb Radio.

Bevlak’s style at Secret Wars is to make fun of his opponent. Hence the imagery used and the words ‘OLD NEWS’ and ‘NEWSO SCHMEWSO’ as shown above.

From the start it could be sensed that alot of the crowd were rooting for the underdog Bevlak, AKA Sam Bevington, a freelance illustrator from Bristol.

I stood and watched both artists through the cigerette smoke for the majority of the night and was amazed to see what they could produce in so little time.

Newso from Birmingham seemed to have more friends in the crowd who he looked to for support throughout the 90 minutes.

But they just didn’t shout loud enough.

Result

When it came to the final vote (which artist recieved the loudest cheers from the crowd) there was no need for the decibel reader – Bevlak was the clear winner.

Before the winner was announced, special guest Reeps One – an incredible beat boxer from London stunned the crowd. This guy put on a jaw-dropping performance and was unsurprisingly described as the best beat boxer in the world!

Bevlak will draw alongside Phil Blake for the right to be Secret Wars Champion of Birmingham 2008/2009 at the final on April 11th, be sure not to miss it!

Photo Gallery (click to enlarge)

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3 Responses to "Bevlak beats Newso in Secret Wars semi-final"

heyyyyy … nice blog. good work

u got the close up of Bevlak’s piece wrong tho mate … that’s newso init ?

u got any more snaps? ?

Oops yes I did, thanks for pointing that out I’ve changed it now.

I’ve got a few more but the best ones are on here

[…] Phil Blake for the right to be crowned Secret Wars Champion of Birmingham 2008/2009. I attended the second semi-final last month and it was a thoroughly enjoyable night which you won’t be able to experience for […]

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