When it comes to hip-hop festivals in the UK, there’s one which always guarantees a line-up bursting with the biggest names from the world of rap. Wireless Festival in London’s Finsbury Park has been delivering arguably the best modern UK hip-hop weekends for 14 years now.
This year’s festival promises to do the same, running from its normal central London location between Friday July 5th and Sunday July 7th.
Unfortunately, if you didn’t already grab a ticket, they’re now officially completely sold out. But for those lucky enough to have got your hands on one or if you’re still desperately still trying to snag one, this preview should hopefully get you excited, help you plan your weekend and ensure you don’t miss a beat this July.
On Friday, you can expect huge performances from trap royalty Cardi B and Migos who are the headliners for day 1, who will no doubt reeling off last year’s massive tracks from Invasion of Privacy and Culture II, respectively.
In the way of British rappers, Friday also sees Bugzy Malone, Headie One and Fredo taking to the stage to add some authentic grime into the mix and no doubt set a high bar to beat going into the weekend.
But if you thought Friday was bringing its trap A-game, then frankly Saturday blows Friday completely out of the water.
Travis Scott, fresh off his Astroworld Wish You Were Here Tour which has been widely praised as one of the best live hip-hop shows for a long time, will headline – but that’s just for starters. There’ll also be Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, Trippie Redd, Sheck Wes and Juice WRLD so be prepared for a day literally dripping with the biggest US trap artists in the game today.
Aside from all that, you can look forward to more British talent in the way of Yungen and Lotto Boyzz and, also on Saturday, organisers have been thoughtful enough to create a memorial slot kept for Cadet who was due to perform but sadly passed away earlier this year.
By the final day, if you thought they couldn’t squeeze any more mammoth names into the line-up then you’re fortunately wrong. A$AP ROCKY and Rae Sremmurd headline alongside support from Gunna, Lil Baby, Ski Mask, J.I.D, British bop-maker AJ Tracey and many more. Denzel Curry has a Sunday slot too and will have released new album ZUU by then, so make sure you get familiar with the track list to avoid being the only one not screaming out the hooks.
So hoepfully you can see why Wireless has a reputation for incredible hip-hop line-ups and, not only that, these are just the acts we know about – last year Drake made a surprise appearance, before that it was Tinie Tempah, and whose to say that we won’t see Tyler, J. Cole or whoever else getting brought on this summer?
— Wireless Festival (@WirelessFest) July 8, 2018
Even with no surprises, this year’s line-up is solid enough to please any trap or grime fan. Get excited.
For the full line-up, head to the Wireless Festival website.