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WOO HAH! 2019: The story of the Tilburg hip-hop festival in pictures

Beats, rhymes and life from a weekend in the Netherlands

Set in what was once the wool capital of the Netherlands, the city of Tilburg played host to the sixth edition of WOO HAH! Festival. Billing itself as a champion of hip-hop that’s “fast becoming one of the most recognised festivals in Europe,” it delivered in a big way. Bringing people together from all over the world and from all walks of life, through the four key elements of the culture – MCing, DJing, breakin’ and graffiti – WOO HAH! proved hip-hop truly is a universal language. Check out our photos of the best bits from the weekend below.

Check out our review of Stormzy’s headlining Saturday set here, and our thoughts on Travis Scott’s closeout performance on Sunday here.

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1TDE is in the building

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Jay Rock at WOO HAH! Festival 2019 Derek Bremner/NME
Jay Rock opens up the main stage on Saturday.

2All he does is win!

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Jay Rock at WOO HAH! Festival 2019 Derek Bremner/NME
"Get out the way, get out the way, get out the way, yeah" - Jay Rock brings that west coast flavour to Tilburg.

3Life is a dancefloor

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Jamz Supernova at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Jamz Supernova brings the noise to the Waterfront stage.

4Dancing is the poetry of the foot

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Breakin' at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Let the breakin' commence.

5Throwing down

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Breakin' at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
“I battle for meat, if I don't win, I don't eat.”

6Is this thing on?

Little Simz, Woo Hah Festival 2019
Little Simz at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Little Simz commands the troops on the Forest Stage.

7The smile says it all

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Little Simz at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Little Simz lets the Tilburg crowd know she's enjoying herself.

8Hands up!

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Little Simz at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Simz brings the London vibes.

9Patiently waiting

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Fans at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Fans await Rae Sremmurd on the main stage.

10There they are

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Rae Sremmurd at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd leads the charge on the main stage.

11Bottles up!

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Rae Sremmurd at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Slim Jxmmi douses the crowd in champagne.

12Energy crew

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Crowd at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner
The main stage crowd give as good as they get during Rae Sremmurd's set.

13If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

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Rae Sremmurd at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Swae Lee joins the crowd for a singalong.

14Deep in the woods

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Forest at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
A moment of respite for festival-goers.

15The Wicked Skengman is here

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Stormzy at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Stormzy puts on a spectacle on the snipes main stage.

16Not too big for his boots

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Stormzy at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
On a headlining high, Stormzy delivers yet again.

17Command and conquer

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Stormzy at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Conducting the 30,000 strong crowd, Stormzy incites a mass singalong.

18King me

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Stormzy at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
If Glastonbury was Stormzy’s crowning moment, tonight at WOO HAH! was his victory lap.

19Light it up

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Stormzy at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Stormzy shines in the spotlight.

20It's a zombie thing

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Flatbush Zombies at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Meechy Darko of Flatbush Zombies stirs the Forest stage crowd into a frenzy.

21Juice world

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Flatbush Zombies at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Zombie Juice brings his unique lyrical delivery to WOO HAH!

22Victory!

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Flatbush Zombies at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Erick the Architect salutes the crowd for their energetic effort as midnight sets in.

23The gang's all here

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Flatbush Zombies at WOO HAH! Festival. Derek Bremner/NME
Flatbush Zombies strike a pose backstage after leaving it all out on the stage.

24Kick, push

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Skaters at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Skateboarders perform tricks and flips at the site's skate park.

25Air up there

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Skaters at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
One skateboarder flips out

26Savemoney in the house

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Joey Purp at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Joey Purp kicks off Sunday proceedings.

27Real MCs only

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Joey Purp at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Bars, bars and more bars wake up the Forest stage.

28Fan gifts

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Joey Purp at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Joey Purp was given a Walter Payton Chicago Bears jersey by a fan during his set.

29Hanging around

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Crowd at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Fans await the appearance of London's own Skepta.

30What you mean? What you mean?

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Skepta at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Skepta draws one of the largest crowds of the weekend.

31Fan love

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Skepta at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Skepta's fans show they're fully invested

32Free A$AP Rocky

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Skepta at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
"Free my brother Rocky," Skepta tells the crowd, referring to the recent arrest of friend and collaborator A$AP Rocky in Sweden.

33Back flipping hell!

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Crowd at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
One fan literally flips out during Skepta's set.

34Shutdown!

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Crowd at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
As 'Shutdown' plays, the Tilburg crowd goes nuts.

35Sitting on the dock of the bay

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Festival-goers at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Festival-goers chill by the huge Beekse Bergen lake in-between sets.

36I'm on a boat

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Boating at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Lonely Island and Akon might not have been present, but festival-goers could still get on a boat... sort of.

37Space odyssey

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Brockhampton at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
One small step for man, one giant leap for Brockhampton, who rock up to the main stage in what look like space suits.

38That boy can sang!

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Brockhampton at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Brockhampton's Joba hits the high notes on the snipes main stage.

39Passion is fashion

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Brockhampton at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Brockhampton break up a weekend of rapping with some vocals for the fans.

40Backstreet Boys 2.0

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Brockhampton at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
"You are now listening to the best boy band in the world right now," Brockhampton proclaim to the Tilburg crowd.

41Lift off

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Brockhampton at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Brockhampton take off.

42Mask on

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Crowd at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
There weren't many places you could escape these WOO HAH! masks at the weekend.

43Hip-hop, we don't stop

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DJ Edson at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
DJ Edson keeps the artists entertained backstage.

44504 boyz

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$uicideboy$ at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
New Orleans rap duo $uicideboy$ see the night through on the Forest stage.

45I get those goosebumps every time

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Travis Scott at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Travis Scott closes out WOO HAH! on the main stage.

46The rodeo rides into town

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Travis Scott at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
The autotune might have been laid on thick, but Travis Scott's headline set was quite the spectacle.

47ASTROWORLD

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Travis Scott at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
Tilburg gets a taste of Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD.

48Things get sick

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Travis Scott at WOO HAH! Festival 2019. Derek Bremner/NME
"Whatever happens in life, go sicko mode," Travis Scott tells the main stage crowd, before performing his collaboration with Drake.
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