Wireless Festival 2022 Shakes Things Up with a 9 Day Celebration of Music

Gopuff delivers Wireless, Europe’s biggest celebration of contemporary black music, returns to the UK bigger than ever in 2022, taking place at three sites over two weekends. The nine days of music starts on Friday 01 July – Sunday 03 July at London’s Crystal Palace Park and continues the following weekend with simultaneous three-day events in London Finsbury Park and Outdoor at the Birmingham NEC across Friday 08 July – Sunday 11 July.

Seven massive headliners including UK and even EU exclusive performances from A$AP RockyJ. ColeTyler, The Creator, Cardi BNicki Minaj, Dave, SZA, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion.

As if that wasn’t enough to get your heart racing, Wireless 2022 has announced even more of the hottest names in hip-hop, rap, r&b, rap, trap and grime including Playboi Carti, Roddy Ricch, Burna Boy, Little Simz, Polo G, Summer Walker and more. Wireless is renowned for creating ‘I was there’ moments and in 2022 will be the only place to see many of these names in the UK. Tickets will be exceptionally high demand and fans are encouraged to buy early to avoid disappointment. 

BBC Radio 1Xtra will be partnering with Wireless for the very first time, broadcasting live from site and bringing listeners all the action. With exclusive backstage interviews and performances, the 1Xtra DJs will also host stages and provide live DJ sets. 

If you’re anything like us, you’ll already be making a detailed plan of which shows you’re most looking forward to across this epic 9 day event so here’s your breakdown:

London Crystal Palace – Fri 01 July – Sunday 03 July

Hip-hop superstar A$AP Rocky headlines the Friday in Crystal Palace, with the UK exclusive booking being his first UK show in six years. Headlining Saturday in Crystal Palace is a UK exclusive set from rap royalty J Cole and Rap and cultural visionary Tyler, the Creator will close out Sunday with an unmissable headline set.

They will be joined over the course of the weekend by the incredibly in-demand Playboi Carti and pop-rap sensation Doja Cat. As well as UK exclusive performances from massive names The Kid Laroi, Lil Uzi Vert, Don Toliver, Trippie Redd. The acclaimed BRIT award winning Little Simz will hit the Wireless stage for the first time, the versatile Roddy Ricch andGrammy nominated Baby Keem are set for their first shows on British soil. As well as UK exclusive sets from Gunna, Kali Uchis, one of the most exciting voices in r&b Snoh Aalegra plus more to be announced.

London Finsbury Park – Fri 08 July – Sunday 11 July

Cardi B is set for an electrifying headline set on the Friday night. R&B superstar SZA is confirmed for her first ever UK festival headline set in a special European exclusive appearance. Closing out the Sunday at Finsbury Park is a European Festival exclusive and hugely anticipated set from rap queen Nicki Minaj.

Alongside Roddy Ricch, the unstoppable Megan Thee Stallion following her mind-blowing performance at Crystal Palace in 2021. UK exclusive sets from afrobeats king Burna Boy, slick R&B songwriter Giveon, Summer Walker it set to make her Wireless debut in aEuropean exclusive set, as well as the huge Wireless debut for rap sensation Jack Harlow and UK exclusive from hit-making producer turned star rapper BLXST. UK exclusive appearances from eminent rap heavyweight Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Chicago’s finest Polo G stepping out on stage at Wireless for the first time and more to come.

Birmingham NEC –  Fri 08 July – Sunday 11 July

Wireless Festival returns to Birmingham for the first time in eight years, taking place at a brand-new site outside at National Exhibition Centre, specially created for the biggest celebration of contemporary black music and the full Wireless experience with no wellies in sight.

Dave will headline Friday having cemented himself as a bona-fide generational talent at the top of UK rap’s apex. Rap and pop-culture queen Cardi B will bring the energy with a huge hits-fuelled headline show on Saturday. Headlining Sunday outside at Birmingham NEC is a UK exclusive set from rap royalty J Cole.

Also confirmed Atlanta R&B singer and icon in the making Summer Walker for her only European festival appearance of 2022, as well as UK exclusive sets from star producer turned star rapper BLXST, undisputed king of afrobeats Burna Boy, established Atlanta rapper Lil Baby, the all-conquering Central Cee. As well as the acclaimed BRIT award winning Little Simz and massive performances from Jack Harlow making his Wireless debut. The much-loved London duo D-Block Europe, Gunna also jumps on the epic billas well UK exclusives from huge Compton rap star Roddy Ricch, Chicago’s finest Polo G with a huge host of exciting names yet to be added.

Don’t miss out! Get your tickets on www.wirelessfestival.co.uk
Read our 2021 Wireless Festival recap here

Photography: Ben Awin, Jordan Hughes, Ashley Verse, James Bridle, Luke Dyson