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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TDE is in the building

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Jay Rock opens up the main stage on Saturday.

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All he does is win!

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“Get out the way, get out the way, get out the way, yeah” – Jay Rock brings that west coast flavour to Tilburg.

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Life is a dancefloor

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Jamz Supernova brings the noise to the Waterfront stage.

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Dancing is the poetry of the foot

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Let the breakin’ commence.

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Throwing down

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“I battle for meat, if I don’t win, I don’t eat.”

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Is this thing on?

Little Simz, Woo Hah Festival 2019

Little Simz commands the troops on the Forest Stage.

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The smile says it all

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Little Simz lets the Tilburg crowd know she’s enjoying herself.

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Hands up!

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Simz brings the London vibes.

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Patiently waiting

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Fans await Rae Sremmurd on the main stage.

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There they are

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Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd leads the charge on the main stage.

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Bottles up!

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Slim Jxmmi douses the crowd in champagne.

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Energy crew

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The main stage crowd give as good as they get during Rae Sremmurd’s set.

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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em

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Swae Lee joins the crowd for a singalong.

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Deep in the woods

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A moment of respite for festival-goers.

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The Wicked Skengman is here

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Stormzy puts on a spectacle on the snipes main stage.

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Not too big for his boots

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On a headlining high, Stormzy delivers yet again.

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Command and conquer

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Conducting the 30,000 strong crowd, Stormzy incites a mass singalong.

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King me

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If Glastonbury was Stormzy’s crowning moment, tonight at WOO HAH! was his victory lap.

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Light it up

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Stormzy shines in the spotlight.

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It’s a zombie thing

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Meechy Darko of Flatbush Zombies stirs the Forest stage crowd into a frenzy.

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Juice world

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Zombie Juice brings his unique lyrical delivery to WOO HAH!

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Victory!

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Erick the Architect salutes the crowd for their energetic effort as midnight sets in.

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The gang’s all here

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Flatbush Zombies strike a pose backstage after leaving it all out on the stage.

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Kick, push

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Skateboarders perform tricks and flips at the site’s skate park.

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Air up there

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One skateboarder flips out

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Savemoney in the house

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Joey Purp kicks off Sunday proceedings.

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Real MCs only

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Bars, bars and more bars wake up the Forest stage.

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Fan gifts

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Joey Purp was given a Walter Payton Chicago Bears jersey by a fan during his set.

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Hanging around

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Fans await the appearance of London’s own Skepta.

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What you mean? What you mean?

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Skepta draws one of the largest crowds of the weekend.

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Fan love

Skepta crowd Woo Hah Festival 2019

Skepta’s fans show they’re fully invested

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Free A$AP Rocky

Skepta WooHah Festival 2019

“Free my brother Rocky,” Skepta tells the crowd, referring to the recent arrest of friend and collaborator A$AP Rocky in Sweden.

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Back flipping hell!

Skepta crowd at Woo Hah Festival 2019

One fan literally flips out during Skepta’s set.

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Shutdown!

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As ‘Shutdown’ plays, the Tilburg crowd goes nuts.

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Sitting on the dock of the bay

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Festival-goers chill by the huge Beekse Bergen lake in-between sets.

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I’m on a boat

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Lonely Island and Akon might not have been present, but festival-goers could still get on a boat… sort of.

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Space odyssey

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One small step for man, one giant leap for Brockhampton, who rock up to the main stage in what look like space suits.

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That boy can sang!

Brockhampton WooHah Festival 2019

Brockhampton’s Joba hits the high notes on the snipes main stage.

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Passion is fashion

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Brockhampton break up a weekend of rapping with some vocals for the fans.

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Backstreet Boys 2.0

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“You are now listening to the best boy band in the world right now,” Brockhampton proclaim to the Tilburg crowd.

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Lift off

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Brockhampton take off.

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Mask on

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There weren’t many places you could escape these WOO HAH! masks at the weekend.

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Hip-hop, we don’t stop

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DJ Edson keeps the artists entertained backstage.

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504 boyz

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New Orleans rap duo $uicideboy$ see the night through on the Forest stage.

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I get those goosebumps every time

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Travis Scott closes out WOO HAH! on the main stage.

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The rodeo rides into town

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The autotune might have been laid on thick, but Travis Scott’s headline set was quite the spectacle.

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ASTROWORLD

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Tilburg gets a taste of Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD.

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Things get sick

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“Whatever happens in life, go sicko mode,” Travis Scott tells the main stage crowd, before performing his collaboration with Drake.

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