On Thursday 30th October 2014 history was made in London’s Earls Court, when bass superstars Chase & Status and Rage, original Digital Soundboy Shy FX and reggae legend David Rodigan took to the stage and performed together for the very first time as Rebel Sound.
Formed especially for the Red Bull Culture Clash 2014, Rebel Sound prepared for months, secretively cutting dubplates and working with some of the biggest names in the UK and across the world in preparation to take on 3 other crews in the Culture Clash; Tottenham grime crew BBK (reigning champions), Stone Love and New York’s A$AP Mob.
On the night of 30th October, after months of hard work, Rebel Sound took to the stage and unleashed a slew of dubplates featuring everyone from Emile Sande to Beanieman, UK Apache to Pusha T and many more in between.
As well as the many dubplates they had created, the group had more surprises in store, bringing Sir Trevor McDonald out of retirement to record a special news report that opened the first round, a video from the Kurupt FM crew and in the second round, explosive special guest, Tempa T. In a show that Zane Lowe described as “Perfect”, the crowd spoke, and showed their appreciation for Rebel Sound, who went on to win 3 out of 4 rounds, and ultimately, the title of Red Bull Culture Clash Champions 2014.
For those that weren’t able to get one of the 20,000 tickets sold for the night, the whole show was streamed live on YouTube and generated a huge amount of buzz online. With over 500,000 viewers worldwide, the hype was off the scale and for the majority of the 4 hour show ‘Rebel Sound’ was trending in the Number 1 position worldwide.
Support from other artists and celebrities on Twitter was huge, with everyone from Lily Allen to Rio Ferdinand and Example backing the supergroup to win.
After such an explosive start, 2015 looks exciting for Rebel Sound. Returning for a one off show in London as part of the Red Bull Music Academy UK tour they will then be hitting the UK and European festival circuit for one summer only. It’s clear that the world certainly wants to see more of what they have in store, so keep an eye out for them at a festival near you this summer!