Being Second in the current medal standings isn’t the only great thing happening out in Brazil for us. Chase & Status were headlining a private event at the British House (which is the official headquarters for all the British Olympians located in the centre of Rio De Janerio).
The event was aimed at showcasing the best of British culture. Naturally, grime could not be left out, and alongside Chase & Status we had the likes DJ Logan Sama alongside up and comers Elf Kid and Nadia Rose, all of them flying the flag for grime out in Brazil.
The showcase was part of “London’s Soundtrack”, that aims to display what a multi-faceted city London is and just how truly culturally diverse we are.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, “Elf Kid, Nadia and Logan will show the world how grime music represents London’s diverse culture. I hope these incredible young people will inspire others to make the best of what our great city has to offer and encourage the world to invest in London’s thriving cultural and creative industries. British Underground have been doing an excellent job exporting British music to important international showcases across the world for the last 15 years and this event in Rio demonstrates very clearly that London is Open for business.”
This isn’t the first time grime and the Olympics have shared a stage. Four years ago, one of the pioneers of the genre Dizzee Rascal performed during the opening ceremony in London.
The last four years have really been incredible for live grime events, with Ticketmaster revealing that they are set to sell more tickets this year to grime shows than they have in the past four years!
Taking Grime to Rio is just another incredible milestone that has been smashed in the last four years; we look forward to seeing what barriers and milestones are surpassed in years to come!