Grime music’s UK takeover continues at Eastern Electrics 2018
Words by Karan Teli
Eastern Electrics 2018, taking place on the 4th and 5th August at Morden Park in South London, is billed as an ‘electronic music festival’ – as you would have thought so by the name. But this year, particularly on the second day of the festival, Grime is scheduled for a takeover.
Grime has been on the rise for years, with the likes of Skepta, Stormzy and many other respected Grime MC’s being on US artist regular playlists. Just revisit our interview with one of A$AP Mob’s initial founders; A$AP Twelvyy, where he discusses the likes of Giggs and Section Boyz being artists that he regularly listens to. The rise of Grime has been everywhere, and now, you can add the Eastern Electrics main stage to the list.
West London’s AJ Tracey, one of the UK’s biggest rising stars, was an exciting late artist addition to the Eastern Electrics line-up. AJ will be bringing hits like Butterflies, Pasta and Thiago Silva (and potentially special guests) to his main stage set, but he is being warmed up by a lorry-load of Grime artists; both upcoming artists and Grime legends. One of these legends is Ghetts; whose name is synonymous with Grime. Ghetts has been featured in the Grime scene for a long time, so for fans of the genre to see someone with the catalogue and work-rate of Ghetts, make it to a festival main stage, in his hometown, is something that all fans of music, not just Grime, will appreciate. Other than classic Grime hits, one thing guaranteed with Ghetts’ set is energy; energy and Grime go hand in hand and Grime and Ghetts go hand in hand.
67 frontman LD was one of the standout acts at Lovebox 2018 a handful of weeks ago, but this time, it is the entirety of 67 that is on the billing. The crew, who have battled controversy since their debut on the scene have risen into some of the most listened artists in the UK and well-known Grime groups; along with Section Boyz.
One of 2018’s biggest Grime songs is entitled One Way, featuring superstar Skepta, by Suspect. Suspect is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, rising star in Grime music in 2018, who is also scheduled for a main stage performance at Eastern Electrics on Sunday.
Eastern Electrics should be applauded for sticking true to who they are; electronic music still makes up most of the festival, which electronic artists performing sporadically in between Grime sets before the headline performance by David Rodigan, but the applause comes for embodying the current culture of British music, particularly those from South London who may have grown up a stone’s throw away from Morden Park and giving a platform, as big as a main stage to Grime artists who are deserving of it, who know how to put on a good show.
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