Impressive lineup of US rap talent, including Future and A$AP Rocky, will join UK stars such as Stefflon Don, AJ Tracey and Fredo
Cardi B and Migos will share headline duties on Friday night – a performance that will mark Cardi’s debut at Wireless. She pulled out of last year’s event after she became pregnant with her first child, with Migos member Offset. (The couple has since split.) In 2017, Cardi B became the first solo female rapper to have No 1 song in the US in 20 years. Her album Invasion of Privacy also topped the US charts, and she is nominated for five awards at next month’s Grammys.
Migos are one of the most successful and industrious rap groups in the US: in 2018, the group released of the album Culture II, and members Quavo and Takeoff released solo albums. The trio have collaborated with Calvin Harris, DJ Khaled and Gucci Mane, and will release their fourth studio album, Culture III, this year.
Travis Scott is a UK festival exclusive for Wireless. Now on a US tour to support his album Astroworld, he is nominated for three awards at the Grammys, has a Brit nomination for best international male, and is set to perform at this year’s Super Bowl half-time show.
Rapper ASAP Rocky, who has more than 4.5bn streams, will close the festival on Sunday night in another UK festival exclusive. Wireless 2019 will also feature Future as a special guest on Saturday night, for his only UK date of 2019. Other major rap artists to appear at the event over the weekend include Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug and Rae Sremmurd.
Other British talent is also on the lineup, which features one of London’s biggest rap and grime stars, AJ Tracey, as well as Not3s, Fredo, Loski, B Young, Cadet and more.
The festival will be returning to Finsbury Park for its 14th year, on the strict condition that performing artists avoid profanity. The local council also imposed tougher sound level limits after rising residential concern last October, which sparked a row over censorship.