Rinse FM Awarded FM Licence

It’s just been annnounced that Rinse FM, the long running pirate radio station that has played an integral part in the rise of underground sounds such as dubstep, grime and UK Funky, has finally been awarded a FM radio licence.

Started in 1994 as a pirate radio station, the news that some 16 years later Rinse FM is now a fully legal enterprise is splendid for all involved as the station has been petitioning for a full licence since 2007 (the humour of being legal at 16 is not lost on us either)

Rinse FM has been responsible for breaking acts such as Dizzee Rascal and Wiley as well as iconic dubstep DJs like Skream and Kode 9. A recent broadcasting move towards the global gutter house and UK Funky scenes has provided rising talents such as the Night Slugs crew and Roska with a platform to showcase their new material alongside new Dubstep acts producers such as Brackles.

A Rinse FM press release read as follows:

“Rinse FM are proud to officially announce that we have been awarded an FM radio licence.

Established as an unlicenced station in 1994, we have always taken great pride in the music that we promote and broadcast at Rinse. Moving forward, the licence will allow us to continue our mission, broadcasting in the pirate
format that we and our listeners know and love. We’d like to say a huge thankyou to all our listeners and supporters past and present.

Rinse FM is uniquely placed at the hub of the Capitalʼs thriving British underground music community, demonstrating throughout 16 years of broadcasting that we provide a vital, unique and exceptionally successful, grass-roots gateway into broadcast radio and the wider music industry. Our DJ’s and MC’s have won Mercury Music Prize awards and nominations for numerous others, gold discs in recognition of sales, and widespread critical acclaim.

In stark contrast to the homogenized radio landscape Rinse FM seeks to champion the diverse needs of young London and those passionate about youth-orientated music culture, showcasing genres typically referred to as urban and/or dance while interacting with and influencing those scenes. Our fiercely grass-roots broadcasting ethos engages massively underrepresented communities.”