Beat but not down

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A MARCH beatboxer travelled to London to take part in a regional heat of a national competition but did not make it through to the next round.

Oliver “Griff” Griffen (20) battled hundreds of entrants to reach the South East heat of the Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships and went to the O2 Academy in Islington on Thursday evening to take part.

Unfortunately he came up against his friend Scott “Layth” Latham, who is ranked third in the UK, in the first round and did not manage to beat him.

Oliver, who is taking a National Diploma in IT at the College of West Anglia, is philosophical about not getting through and puts it down to the “luck of the draw”.

“I would have happily battled Scott after the first round, but it’s just the way it goes,” he said. Layth eventually came second in the heat.

Oliver is getting immersed in the beatbox scene, something that is becoming more mainstream. Beatboxing is the process of producing drum beats, rhythms and musical sounds with your mouth, lips, tongue and voice.

He was recently in Paris with Scott to perform and will also be heading to Switzerland soon.