Pirate Radio

Interviews

Warrior Mode: Jammz is the Unstoppable Force Lighting Up Grime

He spits fire, produces beats, runs his own label, sends for the Tories, and performs more often than a West End actor. It's time to become acquainted with Jammz.
Joe Zadeh
12.7.16
Premieres

Exclusive: Watch Dizzee Rascal Tell the Story of His Lifelong Love for Jungle Music

In this exclusive video from Radar Radio, Dizzee plays records with legendary producer Ray Keith, and goes total fanboy on the scene that made him.
Daisy Jones
11.16.16
Levi's® Music Project presents Estates of Mind

Bold Frequency: Exploring the Legacy of Pirate Radio Culture

The glory days of pirate radio have passed in the UK but we can never forget what a big part it played in our culture and how it helped create whole music genres
ADVERTORIAL
11.10.16
Lone

I Listened to the New Lone Track over the Phone in Tribute to Rave Nostalgia

The UK producer shares a nostalgic roller on London imprint R&S Records you have to call up to listen to.
Alexander Iadarola
4.6.16
Trending Now

Remember When Terry Wogan Was Secretly a Pirate Radio DJ?

Forget everything you thought you knew about Tel, this is the true sounds of the Wogan.
THUMP Staff
2.2.16
dubstep

How Youngsta Went From a High School Dropout to the Forefront of UK Dubstep

This South Londoner remains loyal to his signature sounds of the underground.
Hollie McGowan
9.24.15
Woah, Dude!

Beats, Grindah and Kurupt FM Set the 1Xtra Studio Ablaze Last Night with Big Narstie, Stormzy, and Craig David

K-to-the-U-to-the-R-to-the-U-to-the-P-to-the-T!
Ryan Bassil
9.11.15
my first club

Slimzee's First Club: Sneaking Into the UK's Most Notorious Hardcore Raves

The grime godfather connects the pivotal 90s rave Labyrinth to his early pirate radio days.
THUMP Staff
8.11.15
Music

Jungle, Raves and Pirate Radio: The History and Future of Kool FM

Meeting the guys behind Kool, London's longest-running jungle pirate station.
Jamie Clifton
8.6.15
in the club

Worlds Apart: BBC Radio 1’s Benji B On the Real Difference Between UK and US Clubbing

"People should be taking the culture seriously. Club culture is an art.​"
Greg Scruggs
7.31.15
Music

Pirate Radio Turf War, Raids and Raves: Looking Back at the Early Days of KISS FM

We talked to founder Gordon Mac and former DJ Lindsay Wesker about how their station – run illegally out of a Walthamstow tower block through the late-1980s – informed a generation of music-lovers.
Matt Trueman
5.15.15
Music

Ewen Spencer: The Man Who Shot the Origins of Grime

The photographer was there to capture the London scene in its earliest years.
Clive Martin
11.18.14
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