Roundhouse Rising 2018 full line-up revealed: Little Simz, Junglepussy, Cleo Sol, VanJess, and more

Little Simz, Junglepussy, Cleo Sol, and plethora of new names will perform at the new music and arts festival, Roundhouse Rising, starting next month.

The full programme for the 10-day festival has now been revealed, and promises to showcase developing talents from all types of artistic and technical disciplines, including grime, acoustic music, sound production and DJing.

The festival takes place between February 21 and March 4.

It will culminate with Welcome to Wonderland: The Experience, a conceptual all-day event, curated by Little Simz. The pioneering performer is bringing together some of her favourite new artists, including rising star Cleo Sol, the five-piece collective fusing afrobeats, hip hop and jazz, Ezra Collective, and New Yorker rapper Junglepussy.

Simz has also enlisted teenage MC Lioness, south London songstress Tawiah, and the incredible neo-soul duo VanJess. Producer-DJs IAmNoBodi, DJ Miller and OTG will fill the gaps between live sets, and way from the main stage, discussions, exhibitions and food are planned.

Other festival highlights include a sound clash, a producers’ day and an artist toolkit day. There will also be new additions in the form of the Roundhouse Resident Artist (Awate), Rising Futures, a day of creative masterclasses and workshops for those looking to take their next step in music, and a night of emerging talent with BBC Music Introducing, hosted by DJ Target.

See the full agenda and line-up at the bottom of this post.

Tickets for Roundhouse Rising events start from £5, and can be purchased from the Roundhouse. Some events are free.

The Roundhouse Rising festival has been taking place since 2011, and is focused on new and emerging talent. Previous guests have included Jamie Woon, Wretch 32 and Stormzy. Coverage and highlights of the festival have been broadcast by Roundhouse Radio, the venue’s radio station, run by 11 to 25-year-olds.

Roundhouse Rising Festival 2018 line-up

Wednesday, February 21 – Rising Futures at the Roundhouse 

Venue: Roundhouse

Thursday, February 22 – Awate

Venue: Sackler Space, Roundhouse

The Last Skeptik

Saturday, February 24 – Artist Toolkit Day

Venue: YouTube Space, King’s Cross

Sunday, February 25 – Blair Dunlop

Venue: Sackler Space, Roundhouse

Blair Dunlop (Headline)
Ailbhe Reddy (Main support)
DM Farley (Support 2)
Saachi Sen (Support 3)

Tuesday, February 27 – Jazz Re:Freshed

Venue: Sackler Space, Roundhouse

Triforce (Headline)
Ayo Saluwu and the Jazzadelics (Main support)
Fred Fredas (Support 2)
Roundhouse Music Collective (Support 3)

Wednesday, February 28 – BBC Music Introducing (Free event)

Venue: Sackler Space, Roundhouse

Dapz on the Map
Alicai Harley
Mvngo & Lashes

Thursday, March 1 – Rising Sounds

Venue: Sackler Space, Roundhouse

Rising Sounds Album Launch featuring unsigned bands and artists who have taken part in our Rising Sounds Album project, working with a professional producer to record a track. Producers working on the project this year include Gaika (Warp Records), Bayoz Music (Giggs), Margot Broom (Fat White Family).

Friday, March 2 – Rising Soundclash

Venue: Sackler Space, Roundhouse

Bossy London
Girls Can’t DJ
Prestige Pak
Resonate Sounds

(Judges: Sian Anderson (BBC Radio 1Xtra), Laurie Charlesworth, Swarzy Macaly (Kiss FM))

Saturday, March 3 – Round Our Place: Rising Festival Producers Takeover

Venue: Roundhouse

Jerome Thomas
Boadi and The Banku Powers

Sunday, March 4 – Little Simz – Welcome to Wonderland Part II

Venue: Main Space and other spaces, Roundhouse

Little Simz
Ezra Collective
Cleo Sol
McKay Felt
Corey Wash
DJ Miller

Image: Nici Eberl