Off the Record, right? Tinchy Stryder is touring the UK in November 2011 - tickets on sale Friday 9th September

Posted: 5th September 2011

The UK has produced some big grime stars during the past decade or so - Dizzee Rascal, Sway, Wiley and Kano kick-started the genre in the early 2000s, with more recent players such as Tinie Tempah, Devlin and Ghetts all whipping-up a storm from London to the rest of the country and, in the case of Tempah, globally.

Taking its origins from rap and UK garage, grime hasn't been the most-liked amongst radio stations until recently, nor have major-labels paid much attention. But it's undeniably British and definitely a case of 'youth making music for youth' (for the most part anyway), with grime beginning to spread from the streets and clubs into festivals and charts - and that's where Tinchy Stryder has found himself after notching up a number 1 hit with, er, "Number One", one of the many hits on his first mainstream album success, "Catch 22". That was in 2009.

Fast forward to 2011 and Stryder is continuing to hook up with just about every other grime or pop artist, repeating early successes with N-Dubz front-man Dappy on the "Spaceship" single in the spring. For his next release, "Off The Record", he's linked up with Calvin Harris - that'll be another hit, then.

The even bigger news is Stryder will be on tour during the autumn with a clutch of shows across the country, starting with Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich and London so far. We will have tickets on sale from Friday onwards, priced at £12.50 - £13.

Paul Pledger