They might have lost Cardi B, but the Wireless line-up is still one of the best around for rap fans. With J Cole, Big Sean, Migos, Stormzy, J Hus, Wiley, Giggs and DJ Khaled all performing at Finsbury Park, it’s one of the biggest line-ups of the season. 2018’s outing promises to be triumphant for home-grown talent, with the UK’s scene stronger than ever while the likes of J Cole and Migos will be riding high. DJ Khaled’s headline slot is definitely one to watch, especially given the number of artists he’s worked with over the years. There’s no telling who Khaled has bagged for appearances at Wireless but you can be rest assured that they’ll be huge.
There are no thrills at Wireless, which is part of the charm. Instead of battling your way through hordes of twee performance artists and vaguely culturally appropriative themed stages, you get three days of non-stop rap, and occasionally R&B talent. While the line-up’s not as expansive or immersive as other festivals, it’s incredibly focused, meaning that each artist gets a proper chance to flex their talents – a rarity at most festivals.
Every variety of rap music is on show at Wireless, from murky UK drill to jubilant dancehall to waved-out SoundCloud rap. While it’s taken many festivals years to catch up with the fact that rap music is the new pop, Wireless has been representing the best of British and American talent since day one, making it a favourite not just with festival goers but with artists as well. Every aspiring rapper in the UK aims to get a slot on the Wireless stage and what they do with that slot can make or break the rest of their careers, so make sure to put enough time aside for the new school as well as the bigger hitters. Even better it’s on the Victoria line so easy to get home no matter which side of the river you live on.
Wireless takes place 6 July – 8 July, Finsbury Park, London
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