Event: Boy Better Know take the crown at Red Bull Culture Clash

In Other by Nick Russell


Home grown grime collective Boy Better Know smashed the decibel metre during Wednesday night’s Red Bull Culture Clash at London’s Wembley Arena to be crowned 2012 champion by hosts Tim Westwood and Gemma Cairney. 


The 12 strong crew including JME, Shorty, Wiley and Skepta brought out special guests Lethal Bizzle and Chip in the final round to see off their competition with specially recorded dubplates and freestyles in front of over 7,000 music fans. The sound of London’s streets was victorious, beating loud and heavy competition from Major Lazer, Annie Mac Presents Magnetic Man and Channel One.

The four competing crews pulled out all the stops last night. Global megastar Usher jumped on a plane as soon as he’d cast his vote in the US presidential election to join genre-defying super-producer Diplo for a once in a lifetime reggae remix of his number one record, Climax.

Rita Ora travelled across the city on a motorbike to make a special performance, arriving on stage complete with biker leathers and crash helmet.  

Unannounced special guests Katy B and Example performed on the Annie Mac and Magnetic Man stage. Channel One spun a full vinyl set of analogue sounds in digital times. 


With over 100 artists performing across the night, a host of celebrity fans turned out to watch the battle unfold, including BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, Maverick Sabre, Wretch 32 and Yasmin.

Look out for our exclusive video footage on the night – in the meantime check our other uploads over at BlatantlyBlunt.com/tv