This year’s Wireless Festival was a landmark in the festival’s history. After years of resurgence, the UK’s rap scene stood shoulder to shoulder with America’s, Skepta headlining alongside Chance the Rapper, Section Boyz performing next to Travis Scott. It was a realisation that British rap no longer caters to a niche audience but a global one.
Among the cohort of UK MCs bringing a taste of home to Finsbury Park was Cadet. The South London MC has built a reputation as one of the hottest newcomers this year thanks to a series of breakout mixtapes and seriously live supporting slots for Bugzy Malone and Krept & Konan.
To give us a glimpse of his Wireless experience, Cadet took his photographer backstage with him to capture his triumphant Saturday afternoon set and broke down what it means for an upstart like him to play one of the biggest festivals in his home town. Take a look at Cadet’s Wireless photo-diary below.
This is still unbelievable to me. There is no better feeling than walking out on stage to a crowd that is there to listen to me on my own merit, even more so at Wireless given my history with this place.
As soon as I touch mic, I'm at home. The first few tunes at a live gig always build up the energy but at a festival, out in the sun, seeing all of those faces shouting your bars back at you, it's next level. This is me in my element.
Energy levels MAD! Top off and giving it everything for the crowd. When the crowd is hype, you can't help but feel that energy inside you and want to give it everything you can. This is what I was born to do.
Strength! Having an artist like Donae'O alongside me on stage was a moment. It's a pleasure to be able to work with other talented people to create moments like these both in and out of the studio.
After the party comes the after party! Not many fans get to see how much work goes in behind the scenes at gigs and festivals. Stepping off stage after a sick set and then wrapping up a run of interviews is crazy but you're on such a high, you get to express a different side of you than if you were doing an interview on the phone or in a studio.
Underrated Legends - my squad in full effect after smashing it at Wireless. Now on to the next and dropping The Commitment 2 E.P this week!