06 Sep Sundown 2018 highlights: Krept and Konan, Bugzy Malone and more light up Norwich-based festival
Sundown Festival 2018 saw 40,000 people attend for its fourth edition, with a range of different artists doing what they do best.
Yxng Bane is an artist who continues to realise his star potential, with hits like ‘Vroom’, ‘Froze’, ‘Shape of You (Remix)’ and ‘Rihanna’ heating things up early on during Saturday. Joining him on the main stage later that day was Bugzy Malone, fresh off securing his fourth-consecutive top-10 project with his debut album, B Inspired.
Having seen Bugzy shut down a packed Pepsi Max tent at Wireless Festival a few years ago, it was clear that 0161 general’s stage presence had elevated even further. Closing off Saturday’s proceedings was Shawn Mendes and Zara Larsson.
Sunday saw Ms Banks take to the main stage in the early afternoon, stirring up the crowd as well as a few fans who may not have known her tunes but still caught a vibe anyway, with ‘Day Ones’ and more hits from her recent The Coldest Winter Ever mixtape, as well as a few popular remixes, like Big Tobz’ ‘U No My Style’ and the remix to Stylo G’s ‘Yu Zimme’, which caught the attention of Nicki Minaj last year.
Kojo Funds packed out the main stage at Sundown 2018 with his vastly-anticipated set, the first of many in the coming weeks. He performed at the 2018 GRM Daily Rated Awards and is set to embark on a seven-date nationwide tour in October when his new mixtape, Golden Boy, is released. That forthcoming debut project, if nothing else, will serve as a reminder of Kojo’s consistency, as anthems like ‘Dun Talkin’, ‘Fine Wine’, ‘Who Am I’ and ‘Warning’ had the crowd singing along loudly throughout.
In the Castle Tent, a smaller, more intimate venue, Mistajam displayed his veteran crowd-pleasing skills behind the decks, working the crowd with endless bangers and enough crowd interaction to keep things entertaining throughout, with DJ’s Sigala and Sigma delivering main stage sets.
Speaking of legends with deep resumes, Krept and Konan made lighting up a main stage look effortless with their deep bag of hits with older anthems through to newer releases from their 7 Days and 7 Nights mixtapes. The duo haven’t released much new music since last year, but still had the biggest stage at Norfolk Showground going mad as if what they performed had just dropped yesterday. Clean Bandit were the final performers of the weekend.
Check out highlights from Sundown 2018 below. All photos by Zek Snaps.