Wiz Khalifa leads Light It Up, Australia’s major new all-ages hip-hop festival

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Wiz Khalifa leads Light It Up, Australia’s major new all-ages hip-hop festival

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Australia's new hip hop festival Light It Up has announced Wiz Khalifa, Rae Sremmurd, Lola Brooke and Hooligan Hefs as its inaugural headliners.

As Australia’s love for hip-hop continues to grow, fans around the country are about to be rewarded in a big way with the announcement of LIGHT IT UP, the latest major hip hop / rap festival set to take the country by storm.

Kicking off in September 2023, Light It Up’s inaugural year will see some of the most sought after names in hip hop descending on some of the country’s largest entertainment arenas across Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth thanks to MJR, Switch! and CADA.

Light It Up Festival: Australian dates and locations

  • Saturday 02 September – Qudos Bank Arena – Sydney
  • Sunday 03 September Brisbane – Entertainment Centre – Brisbane
  • Tuesday 05 September – Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Adelaide
  • Wednesday 06 September – RAC Arena – Perth
  • Friday 08 September – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne
  • Sunday 10 September – Spark Arena, Auckland

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Leading the announcement is North Dakota Hip Hop juggernaut and hugely successful entrepreneur Wiz Khalifa, who will headline shows in Australia for the first time since his 2015 sellout tour which came off the back of the globally revered single See You Again (ft. Charlie Puth) from the Fast & Furious 7 soundtrack.

Joining Wiz Khalifa on the national festival run will be American hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd and Brooklyn based Billboard Hot 100 charting artist Lola Brooke, fresh from huge sets of Coachella 2023. While Rae Sremmurd will be landing down under for the first time since their standout performance at FOMO Festival in 2019, Lola Brooke will officially be making her Australian debut at Light It Up.

In addition to a lineup stacked with top tier American hip hop acts, Australian born and raised hip hop will also be front and centre with NSW’s very own pioneer of Australian drill, Samoan/Chinese artist Hooligan Hefs and Australian-Samoan hip-hop rising star Youngn Lipz, as well as the DMC Champion DJ BeastMode.

Backed by the creative brains at TEG MJR and Switch Events – whose previous tours have included Snoop Dogg’s highly acclaimed multi-date arena tour, Ice Cube’s recent sell out Australian run, 50 Cent’s massive outdoor events and countless others – Light It Up Festival will mark the next major step for hip hop focused festivals in Australia.

Pre-sale tickets for Light It Up Festival go on sale at 12:00pm Local on Thursday 1st June. General Public tickets go on sale at 12:00pm Local on Friday 2nd June.

Available via MJRPresents.com