Stormzy leads Wireless line-up
Hip-hop, grime and rap festival set to stay in its Finsbury Park home
01 March, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Stormzy is among the headline acts at this year’s Wireless Festival
WHILE some other London festivals have been forced to find new homes this year, Wireless seems to have survived the battle over Finsbury Park for another summer.
Wireless Festival, which started in 2005, takes place between July 6 and 8. This year it has signed up J. Cole, Stormzy and DJ Khaled to lead the barrage of urban music due to flood the park for three days.
The hip-hop, grime and rap fest has changed in its nature over more recent years. While still attracting international names and global superstars, it has given more attention to homegrown talent, many of whom have made a name for themselves across the world.
That’s not to say that Wireless is restricted to UK artists, as the line-up shows. But the biggest draw of the weekend remains most likely to be London’s own Stormzy. The recent double Brit award winner – and Jeremy Corbyn advocate– was on fire when he took on Theresa May over Grenfell last week.
Who knows, we suggested it last year when the #grime4corbyn phenomenon was at its height, but, with so many of his supporters playing on his doorstep, perhaps this is the year that JC decides to make a Wireless cameo.
This year also includes UK festival exclusive performances by US rapper J. Cole and hip-hop legend and record producer DJ Khaled, who will be joined by a yet to be revealed selection of guests and collaborators, as well as Rae Sremmurd, Giggs, Lil Uzi Vert, Rick Ross, Migos, GoldLink, French Montana, 6LACK, Ski Mask The Slump God and Smokepurpp.
Also on the line-up are grime old hands Wiley and Giggs, north London hip-hop artist Wretch 32, master of Afro-beat, dancehall, grime and hip-hop fusion J Hus, Canadian R&B star Partynextdoor, Detroit rapper Big Sean, R&B queen Mabel, Afroswing musician Kojo Funds and Washington-based MC GoldLink as well as many more.
The full line-up so far is as follows:
FRIDAY, JULY 6
J. Cole, Post Malone, Partynextdoor, Special Guest: Big Sean, Goldlink, Wiley, Wretch 32, Mabel, Kojo Funds, Belly Squad, Bas and Donae’o.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Stormzy, Migos, J Hus, French Montana, 6lack, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Belly, Mostack, Fredo, Hardy Caprio and Ramz.
SUNDAY, JULY 8
DJ Khaled And Friends, Special Guest: Giggs, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Uzi Vert, Cardi B, Rick Ross, Playboi Carti, Lil Pump, Mist, Not3s, Trippie Redd, Ski Mask The Slump God, 67, Smokepurpp, Jaykae and Lisa Mercedez.
• Weekend and day tickets are available from www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/