Kicking off my popular Festival Preview series is one of the most consistent festivals in terms of lineup- London’s Wireless Festival. Wireless takes place in early July and through the last few years has solidified its position as the best festival for urban music fans, particularly hip-hop and rap. While most festivals nowadays dip into an array of genres to cater to a wider audience, Wireless remains centered on the object of bringing in the best talent in hip-hop, rap and R&B, while injecting it with the added fire of contemporary electronic genres such as EDM or dubstep.
Last year’s lineup was something special, featuring arguably the two of the biggest figures in rap- Kanye West and Drake, while Sunday was left to the pop star charms of Bruno Mars, with the legendary Outkast playing second fiddle. 2015’s Wireless Festival lineup is no exception to excellence.
Let’s start off with the headline acts. Besides the monster EDM behemoth that is Avicii, or the chart-churners Nicki Minaj or David Guetta, or the critically acclaimed, commercially acclaimed self-confessed king, Kendrick Lamar, but Wireless have also managed to snag Drake once more following his unfortunate inability to perform in 2014. Fresh off Drake’s latest album drop- If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and with a much-anticipated sophomore on the way from Kendrick Lamar, with the exception to Kanye West, there aren’t two hotter stars in rap at the moment. On the flipside, Avicii and David Guetta continue to encapsulate ‘stadium status’ with their EDM output. There are no bigger stars in popular music right now than the names above.
Besides these titans of the industry, support acts are more than up to the mark at Wireless 2015. Diplo and co. bring their flags, twerking girls and their Caribbean style EDM to London alongside A$AP MOB frontman A$AP Rocky on the Friday. While the legendary queen of R&B, Miss Mary J Blige supports on the Saturday alongside a few of my personal favourites- Childish Gambino, Netsky and Tinashe. Chart monitors can look no further than Wireless’ Sunday lineup, with toppers Jessie J, Clean Bandit and Wretch 32 all set to perform, hip-hop is as you might expect- in abundance, with Pusha T, Rae Sremmurd and Logic all booked in, or you can throw things back a bit with performances from Arrested Development and Grandmaster Flash.
With many more acts set to be announced all the way up until early July, Wireless Festival is once again shaping up to be one of the most impressive lineups of the summer. Fans of rock and indie can’t find much up their streets here, but fans of electronic music, rap music and pop can look no further than Wireless 2015.
New Look Wireless Festival 2015 takes place 3rd-5th July, tickets are available to buy now here.