Yesterday it was announced that the ‘Godfather of Grime’, Wiley, will be playing at The Cube on Friday 25th January. A huge name in the rap and grime genre, it is a booking which could restart Friday nights in style, hopefully in a more successful way than recent events at The Cube.
With support from R3wire and Varski, this night looks like it should be great, with tickets at a mere £6.50; a bargain price for an artist who produced the tune of the summer, ‘Heatwave’, and follow up hit ‘Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)’.
Nonetheless, Wiley’s recent University gigs suggest that Southampton students shouldn’t get their hopes up. The Coventry Telegraph reported in October that Wiley had cancelled an appearance at Warwick University, with his team sending the venue a text to say that he had been involved in a car accident. However, it later emerged that the accident had been fabricated and that Wiley had tweeted earlier that day to say he had “other things to do.”
Since cancelling his appearance at Warwick, Wiley has vowed never to play a student gig again. In an interview with The Daily Star newspaper, he stated that: “I don’t like students’ attitudes. They only really like indie (rock) bands, and why would I want to perform for people who are going: ‘Shut up Wiley, you’re s**t?’ I did a gig at Surrey Uni recently that I hated… I didn’t need that £12,000, so I cancelled the whole uni tour and now I won’t play a university ever again.”
Ultimately, the booking of Wiley for The Cube may be futile. Despite fostering a successful music career in recent months, and gearing up to the release of his tenth studio album The Ascent, it remains to be seen whether Wiley will even turn up.
Union President Sam Ling had this to say: “It’s hard to know the specific details of other unions, mainly because all I’ve seen is through student media. When it comes to our event, I’ve got real confidence and I’m looking forward to it and there’s been a fantastic student reaction to the fact that he’s playing. It’s part of one of our Ministry of Sound nights and we have an excellent working relationship with the people who deliver them and they have never disappointed us and they have a good working relationship with the artist.”
Wiley is set to play at The Cube on January 25th, with tickets available through the Box Office.