Five Acts We’re Hype To See At This Year’s Wireless Festival

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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:

Vic Mensa

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]

A$AP Ferg

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

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]

Vince Staples

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.

Bugzy Malone Announces Headline Tour Dates

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This November, Manchester’s Bugzy Malone will be heading out on the road in support of his latest release Facing Time, which will include stops in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield, London (6th November) and his hometown.

Check out the schedule below and get your tickets now. If you missed it, you can check out our review for Facing Time here.

4th Nov 2016 – Birmingham O2 Institute 2
5th Nov 2016 – Bristol Marble Factory
6th Nov 2016 – London Village Underground
7th Nov 2016 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
9th Nov 2016 – Leeds University Stylus
11th Nov 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
12th Nov 2016 – Sheffield Plug
13th Nov 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy

REVIEW: Bugzy Malone – Facing Time

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The truth is, we’ve only become truly aware of Bugzy Malone following ‘Relegation Riddim’, and became fans of the Manchester emcee during his subsequent back-and-forth with Chip. Then, he released last year’s Walk With Me, and we knew then that Bugzy was going to be around for a long time. Now, after delving into his latest — the oft-dark and reflective Facing Time — it’s clear that Bugzy Malone has positioned himself as one of the leaders in Grime overall (an amazing thing for a non-Londoner, to be fair).

Now, the rolling of Facing Time (and much of the EP’s themes) seems to be a matter of perfect timing, given the news that he might actually be facing time in regards to an alleged robbery (his Fire In The Booth further supports this theory). Look no further than the first two tracks (including the title track), which sees Bugzy both speaking on transitioning from the roads to the stages, and getting very vivid on where he comes from. It’s these types of tracks (‘Moving’ is life-changing) that stand out on the project, as faster moving cuts like ‘Mosh Pit Gang’ seem to not fit with the overall feel (with that said; that track is sure to hype concerts and festivals everywhere).

Overall, Bugzy Malone is proving that he can create magnificent bodies of work, which contribute to the culture as a whole while also keeping the spotlight on the North. Just imagine how a full album might sound?

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Bugzy Malone – Facing Time