21 February – 4 March

Roundhouse Rising Festival has returned and we couldn't be more excited. Beginning tomorrow and ending on the 4th March, expect a programme full of creatives you SHOULD know about - and will do by the time the event is over. 

Curated to bring the best talent of tomorrow to a variety of audiences, Rising Festival is a staple event throughout the year. 

This year promises to be just as epic as those before... Featuring Little Simz, BBC Music Introducing, Artist Toolkit Day at YouTube Space, one epic sound clash and so much more. 


The event kicks off with RISING FUTURES on the 21st - focusing on creative masterclasses, talks and workshops for those looking to take the next step in music. This will be a fantastic day and a great giveback to the future of music. 

What follows will not disappoint as we see a variety of performances and workshops dedicated to development and learning. 

If grimes your thing, 28th February sees BBC Music Introducing, present a night of emerging talent from the urban music world, curated by DJ Target (BBC Radio 1Xtra), with highlights broadcast on 1Xtra. The show is free and tickets are applied for via a lottery. Midland's finest Dapz on the Map (RiskyRoadz) heads up the show, tipped by Professor Green, Shola Ama, BBK & Ghetts. 

On 1st March, Roundhouse's RISING SOUNDS comes to life, a project that unites established artists and producers with next generation names to produce an album that fuses artist styles. This event is the first chance to hear the album in a room full of industry invitees, with several tracks performed live. Gaika (Warp Records), Bayoz Music (Giggs' producer), Margot Broom (Fat White Family) are just a snapshot of those involved.

A favourite on the agenda is the clash of titans, the RISING SOUNDCLASH, acting as one of the final shows on 2nd March. Bossy LDN, DJ duo Girls Can't DJ, Prestige Pak and Resonate Sounds will all fight for the title of RISING SOUNDCLASH CHAMPION 2018. Judging the clash is 1Xtra's Sian Anderson, Roundhouse's Laurie Charlesworth and KISS FM's Swarzy Macaly. This will be hi-energy buzz from beginning to end. Do not miss. On the 3rd March it's the PRODUCERS TAKEOVER 'ROUND OUR PLACE,' an all day festival curated by emerging producers. The Roundhouse studios will be transformed into a mini neighbourhood, with a lounge, an indoor park, a house party rave and a library. Producers have confirmed Jerome Thomas and Boadi and The Banku Powers as two of the artists. 


The Grand Finale comes in the form of LITTLE SIMZ: WELCOME TO WONDERLAND: THE EXPERIENCE, a conceptual all-day event put together by the pioneering rapper and performer. On Sunday 4th March, Little Simz unites her favourite new artists, including rising star Cleo Sol, DJ Miller, and Ezra Collective, the five piece collective fusing afrobeats, hip-hop and jazz. Known for his soulful arrangements and grooving basslines, IAMNOBODI also joins, then NYC rapper Junglepussy brings her power bars to the Roundhouse's main stage space. Plus there's way more talent in the form of teenage MC 'Lioness', South London soul songstress Tawiah and the incredible Van Jess. It's a family affair with DJ and Producer OTG, creator McKay Felt and Corey Wash in tow. Past guests include Stormzy, Chipmunk and more.




Wednesday 21st February || Rising Futures

Thursday 22nd February || AWATE
The Last Skeptik

Sackler Space, Doors 7pm

Saturday 24th February || Artist Toolkit day

YouTube Space, Kings Cross

Doors 12pm

Sunday 25th February || Blair Dunlop (Headline)

Ailbhe Reddy (Main support)

DM Farley (Support 2)

Saachi Sen (Support 3)

Sackler Space, Doors 18:00-21:30

Tuesday 27th February || JAZZ RE:FRESHED

Triforce (Headline)

Ayo Saluwu and the Jazzadelics (Main support)

Fred Fredas (Support 2)

Roundhouse Music Collective (Support 3)

Sackler Space, Doors 19:00-22:30

Wednesday 28th February || BBC1XTRA/Introducing

Dapz on the Map


Alicai Harley


Mvngo & Lashes

Sackler Space, Doors 19:00-22:30, Free event

Thursday 1st March || RISING SOUNDS

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)

Sackler Space, Doors 19:45-21:30

Friday 2nd March ||  Rising Soundclash

BOSSY London

Girls Can't DJ

Prestige Pak

Resonate Sounds

JUDGES : Sian Anderson (1Xtra) | Laurie Charlesworth | Swarzy Macaly (KISS FM)

Sackler Space, 20:00 - 01:00

Saturday 3rd March || ROUND OUR PLACE : Rising Festival Producers Takeover

Jerome Thomas
Boadi and The Banku Powers

Sunday 4th March || Little Simz – Welcome to Wonderland Part II (Main Space) 

Little Simz




Ezra Collective



Cleo Sol


McKay Felt

Corey Wash

DJ Miller

Main Space + other spaces, 13.00 – 23.00

Ticket prices:

Sackler space shows: 

Pre purchased - £8

On-the-door - £12

Main space shows:

Pre purchased - £25 || On-the-door - £30

Round our Place

Pre purchased £6

On-the-door £8

Combined day & night ticket £10

Industry tickets available - £5 (Industry to email

Tickets - 0300 6789 222
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