From street beat to global phenomenon, the STOMP team has taken the world by storm since starting out in Brighton in 1991. A show like no other, STOMP uses everyday objects to create fantastic rhythms amid a visually stunning choreographed performance. No words, no tune – the idea is to find the beat at the heart of all music.
The original performance group started out with less than 10 percussionists and soon grew to more than thirty STOMPers. The show was an instant noisy hit, playing to packed crowds and winning awards. STOMP groups sprang up around the world, the powerful rhythms being a universal language.
STOMP was founded by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. The pair collaborated on various musical ventures before hitting on the percussion genius that became STOMP and continue to take their vision forward today.
The STOMP experience continues in the 21st Century with an international presence yet also stays close to the city with development of the Old Market in Hove into a venue for workshop and performance.
Where to see STOMP's influence on the city today
- Brighton Dome and The Old Market - Brighton Dome and the Brighton Festival were the troop's original stomping ground. Looking ahead to the future STOMP have recently revitalised one of the city's other live music venue's - The Old Market.
Watch the video to below to see why jounralist and social commentor Simon Fanshawe thinks Stomp are the ultimate 'Heroes of Brighton & Hove'.