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Line-up revealed for Skepta’s Big Smoke Festival

Line-up revealed for Skepta’s Big Smoke Festival

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Skepta has announced the complete lineup for the first-ever Big Smoke Festival, a one-day music event set to take place at Crystal Palace Park on Saturday, July 6, 2024. The renowned Mercury Prize-winning artist has personally curated two stages, bringing together a stellar and diverse lineup of artists, creating an unforgettable celebration of the music cultures he passionately champions.

Skepta will be headlining the Big Smoke stage with a full-scale festival show, marking his only performance in the UK for 2024. The lineup also includes The Streets, Mahalia, JME, Lancey, K-Trap, Odumodublvck, and The Den featuring Frisco, Flowdan, Sir Spyro, Infamousizak, Manga, Thafirst, and a special guest yet to be announced. On the Más Tiempo Stage, expect impressive sets from renowned international artists such as Loco Dice, Uncle Waffles, Syreeta, Kitty Amor, and more, showcasing house, amapiano, and beyond.

Tickets are on sale now, with payment plan options available, and fans are encouraged to purchase quickly to avoid disappointment via this page on Ticketmaster. You can secure your ticket with a deposit of less than £20 and split the total cost of any ticket over 4 monthly payments.

Skepta expresses the importance of providing opportunities for others and embracing new talent. He sees the Big Smoke Festival as a platform for creating something special, fostering unity, and countering the prevalent phone culture. The inclusion of both rap and dance stages sets it apart from other festivals, making it a unique offering that could become a summer staple in London.

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In 2022, Skepta, a renowned MC, producer, designer, director, and founding member of the influential British grime collective Boy Better Know, launched his new label called Más Tiempo. With strong ties to the vibrant dance music community in the UK, Skepta and Más Tiempo have taken the house music scene to unprecedented levels. While focusing on rap once again, Skepta dropped his latest project titled “48 Hours” and teased a new track called “Gas Me Up” before the highly anticipated Big Smoke Festival. This festival will be the exclusive opportunity to witness Skepta’s performance in the UK in 2024.

Mike Skinner, the renowned producer, singer, and DJ known as The Streets, has recently launched his widely praised sixth album titled “The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light.” Additionally, he embarked on a UK tour at Everyman Cinemas, showcasing his directorial debut feature film, which shares the same name. The Streets’ extensive collection of music holds immense importance in UK music culture and is closely intertwined with the dancefloor. Undoubtedly, their performance at Big Smoke will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Mike Skinner, from The Streets, expresses his excitement about returning to South London for a festival with an impressive lineup. He believes this event marks the start of something big for Big Smoke and is thrilled to be a part of it from the beginning.

Mahalia, the talented singer from Leicester, has rightfully secured a place among the UK’s most captivating neo-soul and R&B artists. As a nominee for the BRIT, GRAMMY, and Ivor Novello Awards, as well as a multiple MOBO award winner, she has consistently been leading the way in pop and R&B music. Her highly praised album, IRL, released in 2023, propelled her to embark on her most significant tours across the UK and the US.

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Mahalia expresses her excitement about being involved in the inaugural Big Smoke Festival, stating that sharing the stage with admired artists she already loves and admires is a lifelong dream fulfilled.

JME, a British MC and pioneer in UK grime, needs no introduction. He co-founded Boy Better Know and was part of the Meridian Crew with his brother, Skepta. Lancey, an enigmatic rapper, has gained worldwide attention with his unique blend of drill, trap, and R&B, characterized by a dark and brooding sound. K-Trap, a UK drill pioneer, will also perform on the Big Smoke Stage, showcasing his chart-topping hits and influential role in shaping the UK drill scene. Odumodublvck, a Nigerian artist, is known for his pioneering drill sound influenced by grime, Afrobeat, and progressive R&B. The Den, founded by Frisco in 2015, is a must-see event for grime and UK rap fans, featuring groundbreaking artists in a live setting.

The Más Tiempo stage will showcase Loco Dice, a renowned German DJ and electronic music producer known for his work in house and tech house. He has had legendary residencies at Ibiza’s Space and Hi Ibiza. Jammer and Skepta will also perform DJ sets throughout the day. Uncle Waffles, a South African amapiano superstar, is set to captivate Crystal Palace Park with her unique live sets and infectious energy. Syreeta, a resident of HE.SHE.THEY., brings authentic, fearless, and inclusive vibes to her sets, drawing from chunky basslines and a palette of house and techno. She has delighted dance floors, festivals, and streams worldwide. The trailblazing Kitty Amor, the first UK DJ from the African Electronic Music scene to play at Printworks, will join Syreeta at Big Smoke Festival. Additionally, international DJ and producer HoneyLuv, forward-thinking electronic artist Ossie, and London’s foremost party starters, The Menendez Brothers, are also part of the lineup.

Tickets are on sale now, with payment plan options available, and fans are encouraged to purchase quickly to avoid disappointment via this page on Ticketmaster. You can secure your ticket with a deposit of less than £20 and split the total cost of any ticket over 4 monthly payments.

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