It’s DMC time again DJ folks. And while the format of the individual country battles has changed and embraced online battling with the evolving times, the World final is still happening in London. It’s slimmed down to one day now, but is still busy with all manner of battle related stuff. This year sees the emerging portablist scene getting its own spotlight.

This portablist event appears to be turn up on the day thing to qualify, and then appear on the main stage in the evening to compete. Details are a bit vague such as format and equipment requirements, but I’m sure DMC will clarify them in due course.

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  • The DMC World DJ Championship returns after a world record-breaking 2017.
  • Youngest ever champion DJ Rena returns to defend his title. 
  • Sponsored by American pro audio equipment manufacturer, Rane.
  • Ticket link:

“It’s such an important event for the culture, there have many competitors who have gone on to achieve great things” – DJ Semtex

Following a record-breaking year, DMC World are back with their 2018 World DJ Championship Finals. Sponsored by audio specialists Rane, the legendary event will take place on Sunday 7th October at KOKO in Camden, London.

With years of practice, months of national competitions and hours of back-to-back battles, DJs from around the globe will take part in this historical event to win the coveted title – a huge accolade in the DJ world. With its international status, the competition will see thousands of beat-enthusiasts descend on KOKO to witness the crowning of this year’s champion.

Revellers at last years finals witnessed an incredible victory, as records were shattered by DJ Rena of Japan, who became the youngest ever winner at just 12 years-old. Battling DJs who first touched the decks before he was born, the maestro wowed judges with his mechanical mastery and entertaining performance; the future looks bright for this young talent who returns this year to defend his title.

Previous champions will be returning to the event to showcase their cultivated skillsets. 2011 DMC World Champion and “master of his craft” Chris Karns will be demonstrating his skilful versatility, whilst 4x DMC World Champion Mr Switch and DMC UK Champion JFB will combine their expertise to perform an accomplished set together.

The DMC finals aren’t just about the professionals however; for the first time in its 33-year history, portablist competition for event attendees will also take place throughout the day, with the final taking place on the main stage in the evening and judged by the world champion DJs. the winner will go home with a unique signed Numark PT01 Turntable – a must have for any DJ enthusiast.  Mr Switch & Fong Fong also return once again with their fan-favourite workshop – allowing aspiring turntablists to try their hands at DJing and learn from the elite players in the game.

Having previously been held at Wembley Arena, the Royal Albert Hall and Brixton Academy, the DMC World Championship 2018 promises to continue to unite turntablists, selectors and beat junkies of the world in one place for a thrilling night of outstanding artistic talent.

7th October 2017

15:00 –23:00

KOKO, Camden


Performances from:
Chris Karns (2011 DMC World Champion)
Mr Switch (4 x DMC World Champion) + JFB (DMC UK Champion)

DJ Workshop with DJ Fong Fong + Mr Switch
Portablist DMC
A competition for the attendees of the event!
Your chance to win a signed Numark PT01 Turntable! Competition throughout the day and the Final to take place on the main stage in the evening!

Rane DJ & Numark Experience Zone
Product demonstrations and your chance to have hands on interaction with all the NEW Rane and Numark equipment!

DMC 2018 finals Portablism turntablism (3)

DJ Rena shows the old folks in the judge’s seats how the kids do it today.

Recent years have seen the mean age of DMC winners plummet, with mere children instead of fully formed adult DJs taking the top slots. I’d like to think that this new blood is bringing new ideas to the (dare I crack this joke again?) tables, instead of trying to replicate their icons.

This is how turntablism was founded, by essentially dicking around and trying stupid stuff out and making it sound good. Given the melting pot of digital tools at their disposal, one would hope that some of them might push boundaries even further and try crazy shit just because they can.

There’s a lot of weight on the shoulders of the new blood. I trust they’ll push boundaries, just like those who earned the right to sit in the judging chairs.


The DMC 2018 finals tales place on Sunday 7th October at KOKO in Camden, London. The event runs from 3pm—11pm, and tickets (£16.50) are available right here.


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