Led by UK rap icon STEFFLON DON and Nigerian afropop princess AYRA starr, some of the world’s best artists and DJs, across hip-hop, R&B, soul, and pan-african music, are set to descend on Stockholm in Sweden this summer for the 2022 Ladieslovehiphop Festival. It is taking place at Fållan & Slakthusomrdet on August 19-20.
Put together by Swedish collective and creative movement Ladieslovehiphop (LLHH), in partnership with Live Nation Sweden and Luger, and is a one-of-a-kind itinerant festival. It has the strong purpose and ambition of contributing to a more diversified and equal live music scene across the world. The festival has demonstrated this through its women-led artist line-up across the two-day festival.
Ladieslovehiphop Festival is excited to announce STEFFLON DON as its first headliner. The platinum-selling rap artist and songwriter heads to Stockholm on the back of a stellar 2022. WIthin the last year, the British Jamaican native released ‘Juice’ and ‘Like That’. She collaborated with the likes of Miraa May and Adekunle Gold. In addition to these, she will be releasing her album this year.
Ladieslovehiphop Festival will also see Nigerian pop sensation AYRA STARR performing music from her critically acclaimed ’19 & Dangerous. Released only last year, the project has led Ayra Starr to become one of Africa’s fastest-rising new music stars. While also being championed by the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NME, and British Vogue, among others.
Joining them from Atlanta is multifaceted rising star BABY TATE with her exquisite sound of summery pop, amorous R&B, and hard-hitting hip-hop music, which has birthed viral hits like ‘I Am’ and ‘Eenie Meenie’. She will be performing alongside UK drill phenomenon IVORIAN DOLL, known for such hits as ‘Rumours’ and ‘Body Bag’; the lyrically dexterous ‘Queen of the South’ herself, SHAYBO; and one of alternative R&B’s best-kept secrets OJERIME, who comes with co-signs from the likes of Kaytranada and Annie Mac.
Future stars such as UK viral sensation DREYA MAC, who has taken over the world with her hit song ‘Own Brand (Baddie)’; ascending Brixton rap artist CRISTALE, who is one to watch in the UK rap and drill scene; Swedish Grammy (Grammis) nominated genre-bending artist and DJ NÁPOLES; and British R&B and jazz rising star JAZ KARIS, are also among the stellar artists set to perform at the Ladieslovehiphop Festival.
Curated across three different stages, the Ladieslovehiphop Festival will give visitors a rich and expansive experiential weekend. Asides from the line-up the festival will also offer rich food, exciting art installations, and exhibitions. Each night culminates in vibrant DJ sets from the likes of South Africa’s amapiano sensation UNCLE WAFFLES and UK ‘Queen of RnB Edits’ JORDSS.
Speaking about the festival, Ladieslovehiphop collective founders Nataša Marijana and Rebecca Tegegne say,
“It feels amazing to finally have a proper festival summer after these past two years. We have curated a line-up of artists and DJs that we believe our community are excited to see perform. We will transform Stockholms’ very own meatpacking district into an indoor and outdoor festival area. Here,our visitors can enjoy concerts during the day and dance all night long to DJ sets. Besides a carefully selected line-up, the festival will offer tasty vegetarian food, art installations, and much more.”
Adding to the excitement around the festival, Live Nation Sweden promoter Karolina Kozlowska adds, “Ladieslovehiphop, along with the booking agencies Luger and Live Nation Sweden have curated a line-up with the most interesting names in popular culture today. The festival presents both up and coming and internationally claimed headliners in hip-hop, R&B, afrobeat, and their subgenres. Together, we offer a great mix of everything in pop music right now for all the music lovers out there!”
See some of Ayra’s music here: Radr Essential Vol 59: Listen to Lojay serenade Ayra Starr.