Saturday 21 September 2019

Grime4Corbyn led to boost in those voting Labour, report finds

One-in-four grime fans backed Labour because of the Grime4Corbyn campaign.

Stormzy and Jeremy Corbyn at the GQ Awards (PA)
Stormzy and Jeremy Corbyn at the GQ Awards (PA)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

More than half of grime music fans backed Labour in this year’s snap election, new research suggests.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn picked up a wave of support from popular musicians and MCs as part of the online #Grime4Corbyn campaign – which saw artists such as JME and Stormzy offer their backing.

According to the first ever academic study into grime, 58% of those who listen to the genre backed Labour, while one-in-four said their vote for the party was influenced by Grime4Corbyn.

Others artists who backed Mr Corbyn during campaigning included AJ Tracey, Novelist and Akala via social media as they urged fans to vote Labour.

The 67-year-old Labour leader repaid the favour to Stormzy last month as he handed him the artist of the year award at the GQ Awards.

The State of Play: Grime Music report, produced by Ticketmaster and Westminster University, asked 607 grime fans how they had voted in the election.

It also said 22% of grime fans voted Conservative, while 8% opted for the Liberal Democrats.

The research, aiming to understand the public’s attitude towards grime, also found:

:: Two-in-five Britons are now listening to the genre which emerged in the late Nineties and early 2000s in east London.

:: Mercury Prize-nominated Stormzy was the most streamed grime artist on Spotify across the past year.

:: Attendance for grime events has increased by a third over the past three years, according to Ticketmaster.

:: The average listener of grime music is 29 years old

Grime artist Lady Leshurr said she hoped the report would help people to further their understanding of the genre.

She added: “Grime is the voice of UK youth and we under estimate the power we hold. We need to make our voice heard and stand up for what we believe in.”

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