Every year, London’s Wireless Festival maintains its standing that the city’s top event with its slew of top tier acts; this year, it’s being headlined by Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, J. Cole, Boy Better Know & Kygo. Those names set aside, we’d like to shed some light on other acts those attending might want to make time for:
While building quite the fan base, Chicago’s Vic Mensa has maintained a pretty low level of fame ever since breaking out onto the Hip-Hop scene alongside the likes of Chance The Rapper; more recently, the Roc Nation signee has been focusing his energy on social justice with charged-up records to match. Expect Mensa to be one of the artists to shake things up on stage, especially in light of England’s latest political issues. [Friday, 8th July]
We feel that A$AP Ferg is getting the slept-on treatment: his latest album, Always Strive And Prosper, is easily one of the best albums to drop this year. His live show is no joke either: like his fellow A$AP Mob members, Ferg knows how to get a crowd (no matter how big) turned up to maximum levels. Don’t sleep on his set. [Saturday, 9th July]
Boy Better Know
If there’s a group of people that’s brought Grime to the international stage, it’s Boy Better Know, who have been tearing up festivals all over the planet in the last couple of years. Don’t be left out of the bunch — when Skepta (especially Skepta), Jme, Jammer, Shorty, Frisco and Solo 45 (not to mention Wiley, if you wanna really be literal about it) take the stage, you’ll hear the crowd singing/rapping every word. These guys definitely deserve the headline banner this go ’round. [Sunday, 10th July]
[BONUS: Section Boyz — who perform on the same night — have been shelling as well!]
Bugzy Malone has solidified himself as one of the premiere Grime artist out right now, thanks to certain releases such as Walk With Me and the more recent Facing Time, which contains some of the coldest, most personal tracks heard thus far. We’re definitely interested to see how the Manchester native will project that depth on stage. [Saturday, 9th July]
Boy…if there’s a young emcee out there that’s set to take the throne, it’s Long Beach, CA’s Vince Staples. If you’ve heard his debut album Summertime ’06 (or anything else prior, really), you already know — Staples ability to bring you into his world with raw lyricism and dark, vivid storytelling is something to behold. He’s no stranger to the festival stage, either.
BONUS: Big Sean [Sunday, 10th July]. Honestly, we just want to see if Jhené Aiko will take to the stage to keep tongues wagging, so to speak.