Underground Indies is the chance for individual slammers to show the breadth and depth of their poetic skills. Immediately following the Spoken Word Jamboree, we’ll take the poetry off the mic and set it in the round. The audience will be arranged in a circle around the performance area. There will be no stage and no microphone. Instead of teams, 16 individual poets will compete in a head-to-head format to determine the “best” poet at Hullabaloo. The winner will be invited to perform alongside a selection of festival artists at Jangle & Shout at The WISE Hall on Sunday, April 22nd.
Alice MacKay Room (downstairs from the main concourse).
Starts: 8:00 PM
Ends: 10:00 PM
Each school can nominate one poet to represent them at Underground Indies. This might be the winner of your school slam or your team captain. The selection process is up to the school or organization. If we have less than 16 poets, then we will have an open sign-up directly proceeding the competition to bring the number of slammers up to 16.
There are no judges, or rather, everyone is a judge. 16 poets are randomly chosen into 8 pairings. In each pairing, the two poets play rock/paper/scissors to determine who goes first. After both poets have performed, the winner is determined by audience applause.
To go all the way and complete the final match at Underground Indies, a poet will need four poems.
The time limit of 3 minutes and 10 seconds is still in effect. If a poet goes over time, the host will enter the circle and interrupt their poem.