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Wireless Festival 2018 – Who’s playing?
Published: 22 Jan 18
Summer may feel like a mighty long way away, but the first announcement of acts playing at Wireless 2018 already has us counting down days till Festival season! If you're unfamiliar with Wireless and don't know what to expect, check out our previous blog - we explain the whole thing there.
Here’s our pick of the artists announced for Saturday's line up, and the songs we can’t wait to hear live!
A lot of talent emerged from the UK last year, and yet, 2017 unreservedly belonged to Stormzy. Grime’s golden boy ended a hiatus from social media to release his debut full-length Gang Signs and Prayer in February – it went straight in at number 1, the first grime album EVER to hold the top spot.
Add that to his remix of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, and Stormzy was inescapable – his set at Wireless promises to be a massive homecoming for the London faithful.
Top Tracks: Shut Up, Big for your Boots, Know Me From
Migos are kind of like hip-hop’s marmite – you pretty much love them or hate them. Quavo, Takeoff & Offset dropped their platinum selling album Culture last January, and didn’t take their collective foot off the gas, killing features and dropping collaborative EPs with the biggest artists on the scene all year.
With new album Culture II due to drop at the end of January, Migos’ performance should be filled with fresh material, along with some older classics for the mixtape fans sprinkled in.
Top Tracks: T-Shirt, Bad and Boujee, Stirfry
Another homegrown talent, J Hus has gone from strength to strength since Common Sense dropped in May. Blending Afrobeats and Rap, Hus’ debut has gained co-signs from some of the most well-respected UK MCs, and his massive single ‘Did You See’ was absolutely everywhere.
J Hus’ huge, summery sound was absolutely made for outdoor festivals like Wireless – this will be a set you won’t want to miss.
Top Tracks: Spirit, Behind Closed Doors, Dem Boy Paigon
The South Bronx’s finest, French Montana also had a huge 2017. Unforgettable was the 4th most streamed song of last year – unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard the infectious dancehall rhythm being blasted from car stereos and nightclub speakers alike.
Fresh off the success of his second studio album Jungle Rules, French comes with a back catalogue full of bangers. Plus, with Rae Sremmurd due to play the Sunday, we wouldn’t rule out a guest appearance from Swae Lee on the day…
Top Tracks: Hurtin’ Me, Ain’t Worried About Nothin’, Shot Caller
If you fancy something a little more chilled during a long day in the summer sun, check out 6lack. His Grammy nominated debut Free 6LACK covers familiar lyrical content of love and heartbreak – but is set apart by his sombre delivery over dark, atmospheric beats.
6LACK is going to be massive in 2018. This won’t be one to dance to, but we highly recommend checking his performance out – any fans of The Weeknd or Bryson Tiller won’t be disappointed.
Top Tracks: Ex Calling, One Way, Free
Check out the full line up for Wireless here and remember, Chapter Rebookers* can choose 2 free tickets to Wireless as a reward! For all information about how to reserve your room for next year, and all terms and conditions,
*Excludes Chapter South Bank