UCL Urban Laboratory


Stadtklang: Inner City Pressure

07 October 2018, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm

Dizzee Rascal and Wiley in London, August 2002 (Dave Tonge/Getty Images, image provided by publisher HarperCollins)

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Arcola Theatre Bar, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

Journalist and writer Dan Hancox will be in conversation with Dr Richard Bramwell (Loughborough University) at our next Stadtklang music evening to discuss his critically acclaimed book Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime (William Collins, 2018).

The book weaves the explosive story of London's grime music, and its stunning triumph against the odds, into the history of the 21st-century city, where gentrification, urban protest, pirate radio, police harassment, riots and tragedy are intertwined in the evolution of this stunning and alien style of grassroots urban music.

Stadtklang is UCL Urban Laboratory's music night run in collaboration with Goldsmiths' Visual Cultures.

All welcome, free entry from 6pm and no prior booking required. The bar is fully accessible to wheelchair-users. Please like the Stadtklang Facebook page to hear more about upcoming events.


Dan Hancox writes about music, politics, gentrification, cities, protest, public space, food, multicultures, social movements, Spain and more, chiefly for the Guardian and Observer, but also the New York Times, London Review of Books, Newsweek, Vice, The Fader, New Statesman, Dazed, Frieze, Mixmag and XXL.

Dr Richard Bramwell is a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University. His research interests are focused around the areas of black British popular and vernacular cultures. His monograph, UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City, examines the aesthetic, cultural and commercial practices of working-class youths in London's rap music scenes.

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Image: Wiley and Dizzee Rascal pictured in London, August 2002. Credit: Dave Tonge/Getty Images, image provided by publisher HarperCollins