In March 2020, Time Off Festivals partnered with Centreforce Radio to launch the 2020 Breakthrough DJ Competition. The aim being to help launch the careers and significantly boost the profiles of young DJs (aged between 18 – 25) in the UK. With an impressive top prize no up and coming DJ could pass, the competition was sure to be fierce.
The top prize: 2 return flights to Ibiza with €1,000 spending money, pro DJ headphones and a magnum of champagne. Not to mention for the Festival Final the Top 6 get to play on the Centreforce 883 Stage Time Off Festival!
The competition began very promisingly as mixes were received from across the UK and featured a range of music styles. Judging was not easy, but a decision was made and the Top 16 were selected, find the playlist here. COVID threw a spanner in the works, altering the programme of events, but with a ‘show must go on’ attitude Time Off Festivals kept things moving.
The second round was run on Mixcloud once again, allowing the DJs to compete from the safety of their own homes. To add an element of pressure the DJs were required to include a track of their choice from SIGMA, Endor, Joel Corry and James Hype, as well as an acapella chosen by the Time Off team. The competition was really heating up now, as 4 were cut.
A socially distanced Semi Final Play Off was organised behind closed doors in East London were 12 were cut to 6. Everyone performed great sets, showing a range of skills and musical tastes – the judging panel was impressed and had a difficult task ahead of them, there was only a matter of points between them. Watch highlights and mini interviews from the Top 12 below!