The UK Drill Project

UK Tour Coming Soon


“A sellout show at the Barbican unpicks the links between musicians, police and youth violence”

Drill originated from Chicago’s Southside rap scene that gained popularity in the early 2010’s. With its melodic and dark undertones, its coded lyrics often explore the aspirations and struggles of young people.

Developed through conversations with young people across the UK, artists in the scene, defence lawyers, politicians and victims of violent youth-led crime this new show explores the perceived relationship between musicality and criminality. With the criminal justice system putting this music on trial and the ensuing moral panic in the media, can we as a society really blame an art form for a spike in violence?

Other events part of The UK Drill Project

– An interactive exhibition on UK Drill and The History of oppressed UK music curated by Sampira Al-Fihri
– An extensive series of workshops and talks with young people 
– A series of conversations with City Hall & young people deemed to be ‘at risk’
– A Q&A panel of musical & criminal experts to discuss the link between music and crime hosted by HighRise & The Barbican
– A piece of writing based on our discoveries from writer of ‘Cut Short’ (Penguin) Ciaran Tharpar (The Guardian, GQ, Noisey)

In Partnership with The Barbican, Hoodrich & Something to Aim For.
With further support from Arts Council England, The Welcome Trust, The Roundhouse, The Place & Camden Peoples Theatre.