He may have gone home empty-handed from the BRIT Awards last night, but Skepta’s profile is set to grow even further with the announcement that he is to headline the 2017 Wireless Festival in London this summer, alongside American heavyweights The Weekend and Chance the Rapper.
This year’s event is set to take place from July 7th-9th in North London’s Finsbury Park. Tickets are currently on sale for the 2017 edition of the festival, with further acts still to be announced.
Skepta will headline the 2017 Wireless Festival
Friday sees Chicago’s Chance The Rapper supported by Bryson Tiller, G-Eazy, Zara Larsson, Post Malone, Flatbush Zombies, Lil Dicky, Big Narstie, Noname, and Nef The Pharoah.
Skepta takes the big Saturday night headline spot, with Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, Sean Paul, Lil Yachty, Wiley, Section Boyz, Yungen, Dave, Mostack, Jez Dior, The Age Of L.U.N.A, Big Tobz, Young T and Bugsey also on the bill.
Canadian star The Weeknd closes out the festival with support from Nas, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyga, Desiigner, Hilltop Hoods, Mike Skinner Presents Tonga, Stefflon Don, Yuna, Cadet, AJ X Deno, Abra Cadabra, Topaz Jones, and DJ Charlesy.
Last year, the increasingly popular urban music event was headlined by Calvin Harris, Chase & Status and J Cole.
Chance The Rapper will also headline the festival
Skepta performed a blazing version of his anthem ‘Shutdown’ at last night’s BRIT Awards, despite losing out to the late David Bowie in the Best Album and Best British Male categories. However, he did also confirm the existence of a previously rumoured collaboration with popular indie-pop act The 1975, who themselves won Best British Group at the BRITs.
“Me and Skepta know each other,” The 1975's lead singer Matt Healy previously told NME. “We tried working with each other recently but it just didn’t work out. Just for loads of reasons – but we’re going to do something in the future.”
He continued: “We’re going to do a tune together. We want to do like a ‘West End Girls’ Pet Shop Boys [kind of thing]. Maybe start a band, just me and Skepta do a band. Well we’re talking about it, so let’s see what happens.”