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Monday May 27th, 2013

"When the music stops, the fists come out," says David Littleman, Montreal's fabled night life promoter. The party maestro, who has organized hundreds of parties over the last two decades, has been on a very successful roll this year thanks to his latest brainchild, DJ Battle Royals.

"The only thing better than dancing to dubstep is brutal, naked violence," says David. "For the last six months, I've ended all my parties by locking the DJ lineup inside a giant, fifty foot metal cage. My beautiful and scantily clad assistant Sonia blows a whistle, and the last DJ standing wins a Tim Hortons gift certificate. It's a lot of fun."

Party goers can't get enough of the bloody spectacles. "The size of my parties have doubled since my first battle royal," says David. "I'm getting even larger crowds now than when I teamed up with an escort agency to provide hookers at my events."

Jessica Lachance says she'd almost given up on partying until her friend brought her to January's Dubstep Death Match, one of David's first forays into the DJ battle royale genre. "Most parties are winding down by the time 6am rolls around, but they're just getting started at a battle royale," says Jessica. "The crowds go wild when all the DJs are tossed into that cage and given their choice of weapon. The best part though, is the fact that the crowds can throw things at the DJs. You've got concession stands that sell broken bottles, dirty nails, and bags of asbestos which people can throw at the DJs their rooting against. It's wild."

Alexis Hoppins, a law professor at Concordia, says that DJ battle royales exist in a grey legal area. "Technically, they aren't illegal, but they're not legal either. I wouldn't be surprised if the police decide to crack down on these events, especially if the promoters are encouraging crowds to attack their DJs with bags of asbestos."

David Littleman remains unphazed by any potential legal setbacks. "Fun, fun, fun -- fun is number one," says David. "We're all consenting adults. It's not like we're throwing broken glass at people who haven't consented to a battle royale. I'm a libertarian, and if the police close us down, I'll fight for my right to party, all the way up to the Supreme Court, if that's what it takes."
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