Wizkid to headline 1Xtra Live

The Nigerian afrobeats star will close out the show at Arena Birmingham on October 5

Zambujeira do Mar, 08/08/2018 - The 22nd edition of Meo Sudoeste Festival takes place in the White House Estate. Concert by Wizkid (Filipe Amorim / Global Images/Sipa USA)

WIZKID WILL headline the 1Xtra Live music event in Birmingham, it has been announced.

The afrobeats star will perform at Arena Birmingham on 5 October. He joins a lineup of some of the hottest acts around including south London rapper Ms Banks, Headie One and Stylo G.

Wizkid said: “Looking forward to 1Xtra Live! Can’t wait to perform! Big up 1Xtra for supporting our culture!”

Dominican-American singer and rapper DaniLeigh, who has also been added to the lineup said: “I’m looking forward to performing at 1Xtra Live this year in Birmingham! I can’t wait to meet my UK fans, it’s going to be so fun.”

Also performing on the night are Aitch, French Montana, Jaykae, Lil Tecca and Miraa May.

A number of surprise guests will also be revealed on the night.

DJ Target said: “1Xtra Live is our flagship night where we really get to let our hair down and showcase some of the cream of artists we love and support on the network. This year we head to Birmingham, a city we’ve always had an amazing relationship with, and we bring another incredible lineup with us, including French Montana, who’s gone from strength to strength since we last welcomed him as a surprise in 2017. His full set is going to go off. Aitch is undoubtedly next up when it comes to UK Rap and he’s going to kill it; Ms Banks has had a fierce year too and is brilliant live.”

Popcaan, who was originally listed among this year’s acts has been taken off the lineup.

In a statement, 1Xtra said: “Due to travel issues, Popcaan will no longer be able to perform at 1Xtra Live 2019.”

The Jamaican dancehall artist had also been scheduled to appear at last year’s 1Xtra Live but was removed from the lineup shortly before the show.

At the time, the BBC press office said: “Due to reasons beyond our control, Popcaan is unable to fly to the UK and will no longer be able to perform at #1XtraLive

This year’s show will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network from 7pm on Saturday October 5. 1Xtra Live: The Warm Up will capture all of the backstage build-up from 4-7pm on 1Xtra.

Tickets for the event have sold out but listeners can tune into 1Xtra for their chance to win tickets.

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