Big Smoke 2024: The Streets, JME, and Mahalia join the line-up for Skepta's inaugural festival

Skepta at the British Fashion Awards in 2016 (AFP via Getty Images)
Skepta at the British Fashion Awards in 2016 (AFP via Getty Images)

London is currently in the grip of an icy chill, and yet, the only thing everyone seems to be talking about is... summer festivals?

Even British Grime rapper Skepta is joining in with the fun, and throwing his own hat into the ring. After announcing his inaugural music festival Big Smoke last year, he has now confirmed the line-up.

Skepta will be headlining in his only UK performance of the year, and sharing a bill with The Streets and Mahalia, as well as his younger brother and Boy Better Know collaborator JME.

But that's just the beginning – keep scrolling for all of the announced acts so far.

Introducing the project on Instagram live last year, Skepta said: "I’m gassed to finally announce that Big Smoke Festival is official… I’m so excited, it’s been a wild one to do this. I just want to say thank you to all the supporters, it’s been a couple years that you didn’t see me on a stage.

"I know a lot of people have been wondering when they’ll see Skepta at a festival, and I really wanted to save all that energy and put it into something that was for us, by us.”

Here's everything to know about the July festival.

When and where is it taking place?

The new festival will be taking place at Crystal Palace Park on July 6, 2024.

The large south London park will also be home to the South Facing Festival in August 2024.

Big Smoke line up

Skepta performing in London in 2017 (Getty Images)
Skepta performing in London in 2017 (Getty Images)

Skepta will be headlining, and giving his only live performance of 2024, as will Más Tiempo: the house music label Skepta runs with his Boy Better Know collaborator Jammer.

Highlights on the bill also include South Africa-based amapiano DJ and producer Uncle Waffles, south London rapper K-Trap, Stratford's Lancey, German DJ Loco Dice, and what appears to be a solo slot fellow grime MC Jammer.

The line-up also includes Syreeta, Honeyluv, Odumodublvck, Kitty Amor, and The Den: featuring Frisco, Flowdan, Sir Spyro, Infamousizak, Manga, Thafirst and a special guest to be announced.

More artists are still to be announced.

Speaking to his fans during a live stream, Skepta confirmed the set up: "There’s going to be a live stage with all your favourite acts – anyone you know that’s affiliated with Skepta. There’ll be a live stage on one side and the Más Tiempo stage which will also be a full line-up. I might bust up one stage, fly over to the other one and link with Jammer. It’s gonna be crazy."

Más Tiempo only tend to perform several times a year, making nabbing tickets to see the collective a difficult job: tickets for their gig at the newly opened Tottenham club, Drumsheds, back in December, for example, completely sold out.

Why is it called Big Smoke?

Skepta's management, brand partnerships and consultancy company is called Big Smoke Corporation, so it makes sense that the name of his upcoming festival would follow suit.

What inspired the original labelling, though? Well, Big Smoke is a nickname for both London and Toronto, and the African American heavyweight champion boxer Jack Johnson (1878-1946), as well as a character on Grand Theft Auto. It's likely that here it refers to Skepta's home city.

Skepta cleared things up with a screenshot of a web page on 'nicknames for London', which he shared on his Instagram. The first nickname listed is 'The Big Smoke'.

How can I get tickets?

Tickets are on sale now, with prices starting from general admission at £72.80. Head to Ticketmaster to bag some.

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