Dizzee Rascal plays Olympic venue

London’s Copper Box Arena played host to Dizzee Rascal this past weekend as part of the Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour.

cba-rbmat-dizzee-rascal-on-stageThe grime icon (pictured left) performed his Mercury Prize-winning album Boy In Da Corner for the first time in the UK, 13 years after its release.

A crowd of 7,500 – including FKA Twigs, Lily Allen, Professor Green, Jamie Winstone, Dev Haynes and this year’s Mercury Prize winner, Skepta – turned out to the London-based venue to see Dizzee perform.

GLL, the charitable social enterprise that runs the Arena under its consumer-facing brand Better, hailed the event as a success. Commenting on its significance for the venue, GLL partnership manager Russ Barnes said: “Everybody at The Copper Box Arena is proud to have hosted such an iconic event at this unique venue, and we look forward to welcoming many other artists here in the future.”

The Copper Box Arena is part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and has hosted events including Sport Relief, Matchroom Boxing, Team GB basketball, as well as various corporate events.

The venue recently appointed Chris Miles, formerly of Vinopolis, to the role of events manager at the Arena and at the London Aquatics Centre.