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Park’s festival double

Community Festival set to showcase new music, before grime – fresh from its high-profile backing for Jeremy Corbyn – takes to the stage as Wireless returns to Finsbury Park

22 June, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Catfish and The Bottlemen will headline Community Festival

MANY factors have been attributed to Jeremy Corbyn’s changing fortunes: the unpopularity of Theresa May, the Labour Party’s progressive manifesto, and the youth vote, among others.

And it is this last one, aided by the #grime4corbyn hashtag, which may well have been a game-changer. In just over two weeks, grime is coming to Corbyn’s back garden when Skepta, Section Boyz, Bugzy Malone and many more head up to Finsbury Park for Wireless Festival (July 7-9).

Perhaps the Labour leader, who is apparently due to appear with Run the Jewels at Glastonbury and who pitched up onstage before Reverend and the Makers and The Libertines in the run-up to the election, will be tempted to show his face at the biggest gathering of grime artists to hit Finsbury Park this year. Note, Wireless is nowhere near confined to one genre, as headliners also include Sean Paul, Naz, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper.

Chance the Rapper will perform on the Friday at Wireless Festival

Limited tickets are still available. See below for the full line-up.

Just before Wireless, Finsbury Park plays host to a more guitar-driven event – Community Festival, on July 1, will be a celebration of new music, although the line-up is not confined to the unfamiliar.

Perhaps Corbyn, in his new rock star politician guise (see recent covers of NME and Kerrang), may also turn up to welcome some newer musicians to his constituency – we think he may well find Slaves appealing. A much smaller affair than Wireless, Community’s line-up is confined to one day, but that’s not to say there’s a shortage of talent on show.

Over on the Main stage, Catfish and The Bottlemen headline, with support from The Wombats, Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, The Hunna, Darrlia, Fickle Friends and Redfaces. Then, at the N4 stage, Clean Cut Kid preside, preceded by Anteros, Stereo Honey, Wild Front, Saint Phnx and Rosborough.

If the weather continues to smile down on us, either of these festivals might be a worthwhile way of tanning, picking up some new fave bands/acts and still getting home before the tube becomes a pumpkin.

In light of recent sad events in Finsbury Park, perhaps these two festivals are an opportunity to show the leveller that music can be, as the widely diverse programmes attract crowds of all backgrounds and cultures.

The line-up for Wireless so far is:

FRIDAY, JULY 7
Chance the Rapper, Bryson Tiller, G-Eazy, Fetty Wap ft Monty, Zara Larsson, Post Malone, Flatbush Zombies, Lil Dicky, Big Narstie, Noname + Nef the Pharaoh.

SATURDAY, JULY 8
Skepta, Travis Scott, Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, Sean Paul, Lil Yachty, Wiley, Section Boyz, Yungen, Dave, Mostcak, Cadet, Jez Dior, The Age of L.U.N.A., Big Tobz and Young T & Bugsey.

SUNDAY, JULY 9
The Weeknd, Nas, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyga, Desiigner, Bugzy Malone, Hilltop Hoods, Mike Skinner & Murkage present Tonga, Stefflon Don, Yuna, AJ X Deno, Kojo Funds, Abra Cadabra, Topaz Jones, hosted by DJ Charlesy and Tim Westwood.

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