It was one of the big stories of 2016 Glastonbury that grime had arrived at the festival. Friday night saw the Sonic Stage in the Silver Hayes area taken over by upcoming artists of UK hip hop, including Bugzy Malone, Section Boyz, Lady Leshurr ( a former Access student from Birmingham), Stormzy and Kano. Even Skepta, who was performing on the Pyramid Stage, dropped in to guest during Novelist’s set.
The line-up was devised by 19-year-old Bristol Music Business student, Maya Gamble. Although she has worked at the Silver Hayes area of Glastonbury before, this was her first opportunity to book bands, and she jumped at the chance to highlight UK hip-hop. The BBC has now dubbed her the Emily Eavis of the Silver Hayes arena!
Talking to the BBC she said, “Grime is so hot right now. There’s just something about the lyrics. They’re quick and they’re smart – I love the stories. Last year we had our urban day on the Sunday and it was a bit mix-and-match. We had Jess Glynne [another former Access student] booked in there, then Novelist and then Fuse ODG. So it was a bit all over the place. I really wanted to keep it just grime this year – have it really homegrown and really natural and celebrate what’s going on in music right now.”
Photo of Maya at the festival courtesy of BBC.