A much needed blog from our little Irish Tour abroad in Paris...
A clip with a Flip by Andy- Irish Manager in a crazy ass Crepe Restaurant.
(You wouldn't think it but amazing crepes)
The French Battle:
This was a strange but interesting battle. Strange because it wasn't your average Secret Wars venue but interesting from the point of view that it was different. The setting for this French encounter was in this chilled out lounge/cafe esque bar called Dune. That being said- a battle is a battle no matter where its held so Team Dublin was ready for anything. Armed with Irish supporters from Dublin, Geneva, and other parts of France, the venue seemed to feel more like home. Nevertheless, we were in Paris and the French were just as prepared. After the introductory Secret Wars brief (one in English, & one in French) the battle was underway. Paris took the early lead by busting out big characters while Dublin were still mapping out the white wall of the venue. Being the 1st battle of the League to be streamed live online (courtesy of the venue) the whole internet world were watching Dublin loose it. However- 30 mins on & Dublin were full steam ahead busting out some big bold lines. Alas Team Paris watched as Dublin made up a lot of wall space, bringing the battle to a proper head to head fight. In the end Paris could do nothing but to add in some of the Team Dublin's characters into their Ghost Busters themed piece called "Dublin Busters" . A great piece- however Dublin did they're research & created a worthy piece based on the smell off the French Metro underground which incorporated a drunk Mickey Mouse and a sick ass Quasimodo. The piece was a bold move- but won over not just the French & Irish supporters but the two guest judges to take the final scores 3-0. A shock to all including the French Team- but thats Secret Wars I guess. Big up to all the boys in Team Paris and Jim they're manager. A shout out to our sponsors Edding, Reebok, Flip & Casio G-Shock who also came down to support. Lastly a massive thanks to our Irish supports that showed up- SAFE! PARIS PIECE - "DUBLIN BUSTER" DUBLIN PIECE - "THE SMELLS THE SMELLS"
Southampton have been cruising through with two consecutive victories against Paris and Barcelona. Southampton now face one of their toughest challenges against a team that has taken a point away from Barcelona and beaten team Paris 3-0 away from home!!
So make sure you come down as Secret Wars introduces 'A clash of the titans' style battle.
The rules are simple, artists have 90 minutes to paint using black Edding paint pens on a white backdrop, 3 artists against 3 and no sketches allowed!!
We've also got Polar Bear back down after he absolutely smashed it during the Barcelona battle...so if you missed out, here's another chance to see this amazing lyricist and poet perform live on stage!!
Doors open at 7pm!! Make sure you arrive early to avoid any disappointment as this will be a busy night for the Soul Cellar! We've got our resident Secret Wars DJ's on rotation, so lets show Dublin a great party atmosphere!
Door entry £3 and there's a load of drinks promos on the night. If you need more info contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hola...so I'm gonna put it out there and say that I think we've just found our new home away from home. From the moment we stepped off the plane we were like "hell ya! Barcelona baby!" (Actually no one really said that- I lied just there). Anyway I don't think we have ever travelled to a host city and received such a big welcome as we did from the peeps we'd be battling against. Chino (Barca Manager) and the rest of Secret Wars Barcelona are coolest bunch of lads. These guys didn't just want to have a battle- they wanted to throw a party and to make us feel apart of it & their family as much as possible. Hugs all around made it special. Having done the whole site seeing buzz during the day we got set for a Secret Wars pre party in probably the nicest tapas restaurant that our boy Chino hooked up called Bar Pepino. No joke...please if anyone is reading this hit up that spot! You won't be disappointed. All this kicked off @ 9pm and went on till 12am...before our head to head clash in The Apolo.
Secret Wars ad in Bar Pepino
Sunny side up smiley face starter and an Edding Marker main course
WELCOME INTO THE MOST INSANE BATTLE SO FAR IN THE LEAGUE!!
As far as first impressions go- um ya you could say that the Barcelona battle was about average and that maybe 1 or 2 people showed up. I mean it wasn't as if a massive crowd of say 1200 people would want to come...would they?!
CORRECT ladies & gentlemen (senoras y senores) - 1200 crazy peeps queued for 30min outside the venue and around the corner for an old fashion Secret Wars showdown that kicked off @ 1.30am....on a Thursday night! When you have these many people outside, waiting to pack out an old Spanish theatre -you know this is gonna be a good night regardless of the results.
When the G-Shock clock hit 1.30am the battle was on like Donkey Kong. Team Dublin had they're Edding pens on and Team Barcelona had they're black pens, white pens and sketches on (A school boy error in the Secret Wars handbook). Throughout the night the crowd were insane just vibin......I suppose this wasn't your regular battle right? this was Barcelona throwing a party that had local and international Dj's spinning along with sick B-Boys doing there thing. Chino and co. went full out on this one- even the host was bad ass. Being pimped to the max in bling wearing a banging 70's getup has respect written in my books for sure. As the night went on both teams really pulled through showing equal skill on two well rounded compositions. When it came time to vote Dublin knocked up a guest judge putting us in the lead. Next up was the crowd vote which got super hazy and had to be done 4 times. The final crowd vote went to the home team Barcelona which we were super bummed. Lastly it came down to one last guest judge who was swayed to Barca's battle piece to take the lead and win 2-1. As disappointed as we were losing..the night was far from over. I mean your in Barcelona and Benji Boko was about to hit the stage. Lets just say I've censored a lot of the finner details, but like I said regardless of the result everyone partied hard till the early hours. This is a battle Team Dublin will not forget..NOT for losing but for having an incredible 24 hrs.
MUCHO MUCHO respect to you Chino and everyone in the Barcelona camp. For putting on the first ever official Secret Wars battle in Barcelona we tip our hats to you big time! Secret Wars is alive in Barca and we will be coming back for sure. Next time we meet however will be in Dublin Town....We're ready are you?
A big shout out to all the peeps that showed up in Barcelona and to our sponsors Edding,
Reebok, G-Shock & Flip which captured some serious moments.