THE winner of this year’s Road to Riverside competition and a slot on stage at the Riverside Festival is Welsh hip-hop duo Major Triadz.
Olly Hosey and Craig Mills, aka Hobaps and MixMaster Millz, beat competition from 47 other artists to secure a spot on the Riverside Stage at this year’s festival, which will take place on the Meadows in Stamford on Saturday, July 7.
The pair, who live near Newtown, Wales, are the first hip-hop act to win Road to Riverside which this year attracted acts from across the world. Major Triadz received 190 votes - just under 18 per cent of the 1,089 cast - and were 72 votes ahead of the second-placed act, Clutching at Straws.
Lyricist Olly, 28, who works as a builder between writing and performing, said: “We’re pretty surprised and shocked, but excited.
“I didn’t expect it. We only formed a couple of years ago and have applied to quite a few festivals this summer, so this is the icing on the cake.”
Major Triadz will be a slight departure for the festival, which usually combines heavy rock and metal with acoustic and folk acts.
Olly desribes the duo’s style as experimental hip-hop, drawing influences from country, dub, electro, classical and a range of other genres.
His lyrics are based on his experiences and draw on politics and history. Olly is confident the Riverside audience will take to their music.
He added: “We get a lot of people who say they are not that interested in hip-hop but like our stuff. We are not your stereotypical hip-hop. We have quite a varied set and it should be a fun show.
“It’s good that we have the time to do some promo for it and hopefully we can get some local fans before the festival.”
Jenny Collins, one of the festival directors, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the competition this year was so much wider than it has been in the past.
“We are delighted that the winning act is from a genre we haven’t had before and it is great that they are coming such a long way to perform. They will really add to the mix of the day.”
Major Triadz self-titled debut album can be heard online at www.majortriadz.bandcamp.com
This year’s Riverside Festival is ticketed. To buy tickets visit www.stamfordartscentre.com