'It's Grime Up North': Channel 4 brings Blackpool's grime scene to the mainstream

A new series for Channel 4 is set to focus on Blackpool's growing grime scene.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 9:45 pm
Updated Friday, 24th August 2018, 12:10 pm
Local grime star Josh Tate - known as Little T
Local grime star Josh Tate - known as Little T

The channel has announced anew three-part documentary, filmed by BBC Studios, with the working title It’s Grime Up North as young MCs pursue their dreams of music industry fame.

The musical style, brought to the masses through artists such as Stormzy, Skepta and Dizzee Rascal, has grown out of the UK’s electronic dance scene - including garage and jungle with influences drawn from ragga and hiphop.

The series is set to follow artists such as Little T, real name Josh Tate - whose YouTube releases have drawn national attention, Sophie Aspin and Millie B, ‘as they approach significant crossroads in their lives’.

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The trio have become YouTube stars, notching up between two and 10million views for their 'send' videos - another name for a diss track, where one artist hits out at another.

Filming has been taking place locally for some time already, with local musicians recruited as mentors for the series.

Promotion for the show promises an ‘access-all-areas look’ at their striving for a big break combined with ‘the day-to-day challenges of life as a teenager or twentysomething in modern Britain.’

“With milestone moments looming, these three especially have to decide whether and how to capitalise on the fame they’ve gained through their explicit videos which have attracted anywhere between two and 10 million views online,” it continues.

“Each episode will follow these determined young performers, at home, at work and at their gigs, as they challenge preconceptions of the grime music scene, growing up in Blackpool and what the future could hold for them, all with a healthy dose of Northern wit, warmth and swagger.”

A transmission date it yet to be confirmed.