Community Festival - Home Crystal Palace Park 7 July 2023

The Story of… Rat Boy

Dubbed the voice of a generation, 22 year old Jordan Cardy is the skateboard obsessed, Burberry wearing Essex native whose stage name you all need to know.

Cardy’s ‘Rat Boy’ pseudonym originates from his school days in his hometown of Chelmsford, but since first bursting onto the scene in 2015 with his chaotic collision of genres on ‘The Mixtape’, his moniker has been on everyone’s lips.

First single ‘Sign On’ released in 2015 cemented Cardy as more than just a teenager making music in his bedroom and more so as an emerging artist with full creative control. Labelled as one of NME’s ‘Ones To Watch’ in 2016 and with a growing reputation for his high energy live gigs, Rat Boy offered up an entire world for fans to immerse themselves in.

2017 saw the release of Rat Boy’s highly-anticipated debut album, ‘SCUM’. Like Cardy’s idols – Blur, The Streets and Arctic Monkeys – the album followed a gregarious narrative focusing on the more mundane aspects of British culture: the perils of fake ID’s, getting kicked out of pubs and having little money. The intricacies of suburbia millennial life is what Cardy portrays best and even earned him the right to work with childhood hero Damon Albarn. Music icons kept coming to Rat Boy’s door as ‘Knock Knock Knock’, taken from 2015’s mixtape ‘Neighbourhood Watch’, was sampled by Kendrick Lamar for his Grammy Award winning album ‘Damn’.

Fast-forward to 2018 and Cardy surprise dropped a new seven track EP entitled ‘Civil Disorder’ featuring collaborations with Clams Casino and Lord Apex. True to form the EP has Rat Boy once again wrestling with disparate genres this time taking inspiration from 70s UK punk and early 80s American punk and mixing it with modern hip hop production.

It’s safe to say that Rat Boy’s Community performance is something you cannot afford to miss.