Thousands turned out this weekend for the fifth Relentless NASS festival at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet despite the torrential rain.
With an impressive line-up of action sports and live music there was something for everyone. Friday night played host to Rolo Tomasi who headlined the Front Stage to a packed crowd. DJ Fresh headlined the Main Stage and impressed the crowd with an impromptu rendition of Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’. Local legend Roni Size also played to a packed out crowd.
The musical entertainment continued on Saturday with crowds being spoilt by notable performances from Lower Than Atlantis and Crissy Cris amongst others. Heading into the evening highlights included an impressive performance from Modestep and pop punk giants Sum 41 who’s energy dominated the main stage.
Following Saturday’s frenzied qualification session the already exhilarating skating reached new heights during the Pro Park final. Brits Joshua Young and veteran Chris Oliver, urged on by the home crowd, placed 3rd and 4th respectively, but it was the irrepressible Charlie Blair who took top spot with his relaxed Cali style wowing the judges.
Over at the Relentless Energy Drink Street Spots athletes and fans alike basked in the sun. The spots, inspired by the streets of Liverpool, saw some of the weekend’s finest action. Eric Thomas’ frontside feeble tied Tyler Hendley’s colossal hardflip for 3rd, whilst Lukas Danek’s kickflip to frontside boardslide down the big rail saw him claim 2nd. However, it was the Chilean Braulio Sagas who was crowned champion having stuck a frontside smith grind down the kinked rail.
The BMX finals were equally hard fought. Mark Webb and Kyle Baldock, both of whom impressed in qualifying, continued to push the bar in the Pro Park. Both riders brought their trademark styles to bear, with a series of consistently inventive lines. Ultimately though it was Mark Webb who came out on top, whilst Kyle Baldock and Daniel Sandoval made up the top 3.
BMX riders took to the Relentless Energy Drink Street Spots set up with relish. A procession of aggressive yet imaginative tricks saw Alex Kennedy throw down and eventually walk away as champion. Fan favourites Sam Jones and Paul Ryan pushed Alex all the way to deservedly make up the top three.
The final day’s sunshine saw the BMX riders take to the dirt. Daniel Sandoval improved on his 3rd place park finish and claim gold with some huge jumps. Cali resident Rick Mosely and South African Greg Illingsworth flew into second and third respectively with some huge air.
for full results, photo’s and video’s of the entire weekend go to www.nassfestival.com
STREET SPOTS HIGHLIGHTS FROM MPORA
Relentless NASS 2012 in pictures
Live art from Benjamin Murphy – See more at www.alldestructo.blogspot.com
Relentless NASS has something for everyone and this makes it one of the most unique summer festivals in the UK. Like most of the people who came this year, we are already looking forward to seeing what NASS 2013 has in store.