The 15th anniversary SW4 was blessed by the heavens on Sunday with some heavy rain and fantastic mud features on Clapham Common. But that did not stop both the crowd and artists from having a great time. Our clothes are finally dry and we’re ready to give you our highlights on what happened this August bank holiday at SW4…
First up we saw Dizzee Rascal in the afternoon on Saturday on the main stage attracting a huge crowd. Sticking mostly with his chart-topping hits, it was a fantastic vibe with a beer in hand on a sunny afternoon. Dizzee was on top form for the whole of his lengthy set and it was a great start to the weekend.
Idris Elba was DJ’ing alongside Low Steppa in a packed out Stage 3 tent with a boxing ring surrounding the decks. It was great to see him putting on an awesome show despite the recent news and controversy that he won’t be the future James Bond (which we’re pretty gutted about). After his set at SW4 though, we’d love to have Idris in back the ring for another 10 rounds of that.
Another notable performance from the Saturday was Nadia Rose on the main stage in the afternoon. Although not performing to the huge crowds that Dizzee Rascal and Idris Elba could attract, the female grime star still had plenty of attitude on stage, busting some great moves along with her backing dancers. Nadia put on a great show in a home-town performance and the crowd lapped it up.
The rain came on Sunday and threatened to spoil what had so far been a great festival. But attendees did not let the rain and mud get in their way – donning coats and ponchos, the crowds persevered which the artists really appreciated. Craig David was in the afternoon slot with his TS5 set on his SW4 debut and he did not disappoint. Playing a mix of old-school tunes and covers of chart hits, David brought some much-needed Summer vibes to a rain-soaked Clapham Common as his huge revival continues.
My Nu Leng were near the very top of our must-see list and their set fully justified our excitement. Usually performing in the large tents creating a fantastic atmosphere complimenting their style, it was a bit of a shock to find out they were playing on the main stage. But the boys from Bristol absolutely smashed it and despite the weather, the crowd was bouncing throughout the whole set. If you’re looking for an act and a crowd with a lot of energy then we’d highly recommend seeing My Nu Leng live at some point.
The final act of the weekend were the legendary Chase and Status. They’ve been around for a long time and have performed everywhere – everyone seems to have seen them at least once so this was a set we weren’t overly excited to see. But there’s a reason why Chase and Status have been around so long and have stood the test of time; it’s because they’re still a fantastic act and this performance re-affirmed that. It was a great way to end the weekend with the only disappointment being that it finished so early at 10:30pm! Fortunately, Clapham and Brixton are full of bars and after parties to keep the party going just a bit longer. We had a fantastic weekend at SW4 18 and can’t wait for the next one – see you next year!