The 8th edition of Street Mode Festival took place on September 2-3-4 2016 at the Port of Thessaloniki, giving its visitors once again an unforgettable experience and the best way to end the summer.
The biggest festival in northern Greece returned in 2016 refreshed, with many surprises for all those who joined it, and flooded the port area with more than 20.000 visitors!
For three days in a row the Port of Thessaloniki was full of happenings and events of graffiti, street art, breaking, street dance and action sports (parkour – freerunning, bmx etc.), while three stages welcomed various special shows and all the music artists and bands, who were setting on fire the edge of the port’s dock with their live performances.
For all these events, port’s area had been especially re-modelled. Lots of Greek and foreign artists, as well athletes, gave their best shows and filled all those who came with positive energy and great vibes. As for the music, every night, there was a separate line up with rock, punk, reggae and hip hop live gigs including some of the most famous artists and bands from Greece and abroad.
More specifically, 8th Street Mode Festival’s line up featured Alpha Blondy & The Solar System, Sugar Hill Gang, Yiannis Angelakas & 100 ° C, NightStalker, Imiskounbria, Vodka Juniors, 1000Mods, Eisvoleas & Tedd’s, 63 High, Bad Movies, Eftimis, Stixima, Hatzifragketa, Tuber, Naxatras & Kako Sinapantima Soundsystem.
8th Street Mode Festival was supported by Thessaloniki’s Tourism Organization and curated by Giannis Efstathiou (Nox1). Hosts of the festival were George Mavridis and George Lentzas, while Vice-Regional Governon Voula Patoulidou was also there awarding the Best Street Dancer of the Year!
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Like every year since the beginning of the festival, so in 2016, many dancers and dance groups gave their amazing performances on the stage of 8th Street Mode Festival. The festival hosted two dance contests, 1 VS 1 B-Boy Battle for the best b-boy and 1 VS 1 Female All Style Battle for the Best Street Dancer of the Year.
Winner of the B-Boy Battle was Onel, while Marilena took the first place at the Female All Style Battle.
The 9 dance crews that performed a special show were: Beast Mode, Blackout Crew, Dancehall Invasion & The Groovement, Dramajesties, Etherica, Gully Sirens, Hooligang, The Manzins και The Papercity.
As for the Freerunning, two competitions took place during the weekend. The first one was on Saturday 3/9, by the name of “DK’s Tour of Motion” and it was the qualifiers of the Red Bull’s World Championship in Santorini. Judge of the contest was the 2-time World Champion, Dimitris Kyrssanidis. The second one was the established Street Mode Contest, on Sunday 4/9.
The winners of the DK’s Tour of Motion were Akil Xhura, Alexandros Billias, Konstantinos Kontopoulos, Mimis THS and Valo Sabadze, while the top three contestants in the Street Mode Contest were Giorgos Katsilidis, Nikos Karapetzas and Nikos Partoglou.
Other great shows were the Flatland BMX Special Show by Alexandros Alexandridis and the show from Ride On team, who did an amazing Street BMX show with their bikes.
In addition, for the first time in its history, on the second day of the festival (Saturday 2/4) the first Band Contest among new music artists took place. The prize for the winner was a live gig slot at the festival’s main stage on Sunday, one year contract with Access in Music (Management & Booking Services) and custom-made t-shirts with the winners logo.
Band Contest Judges.
Host of the band contest was Alexandros Harizanis.
The bands who participated were 10 and the winning one was Bailemos. The other bands that followed the top four were End Cycle, Coretheband και Datsoon.
Along with all of these, every day dozens of writers and street artists were giving live painting shows on the especially shaped walls in the port area, offering pieces of their imagination to the visitors.
The artists were: AmazeMe, Amok, Arfs, Dane, ET, Insane 51, Jone 50, Karma, Keik, Kunes, Dimitris Liosis, Nade, Nast, Patelias, Zone, Atados Club, Epsilon, NickTwo, Pikie Cans και Rigo.