Are you ready to meet NASS 2023 headliners?
Attention all revolutionists! Get ready to experience one of the greatest live performances in history. The one and only Wu Tang Clan is set to headline NASS festival in 2023, bringing their unmatched energy, lyrical prowess, and unique style to the stage.
Get ready for the return of the Wu! Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Wu Tang Clan are coming to Bristol to remind us of their legendary sound at NASS 2023. For 30 years, Wu Tang Clan have been a driving force in the world of hip-hop. With their iconic debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), released in 1993, they became one of the most influential and respected rap groups of all time. Since then, they have released numerous critically acclaimed albums, collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, and toured the world to sold-out crowds.
We have single rappers.
We have rapper duets o menage a trois.
Then we have large rapper crews, and the best of them, Wu Tan Clan.
But who are the Wu Tan Clan? Staten Island, beginning of the 90s. In the underground rap scene, 8 rappers fight to get big: RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa. A lot of people may think that they were friends and were like, ‘hey, let’s do a rap group together’. But it was all done with a little bit more in-depth thinking than that. As little stars orbiting in the underground scene, they all knew each other, but they were not necessarily friends. Coming together was more an artistic effort to challenge bigger names like 2Pac or Ice Cube.
The conception of the iconic group is surrounded by mystery and legend. How they allegedly sold drugs to finance their first album. How they presented themselves in the album cover in a record house office to try to get a deal. A quick googling will throw you into a non-stopping rabbit hole of sensationalist memorabilia.
But this is not what we came here to tell you.
Wu Tan clan was a revolution. Understanding working together under the same concept and yet each and every one of them preserved their own style.
Wu Tan Clan got lyrically inspired by martial arts, chess, war, and used these metaphors in a very smart way.
Wu Tan Clan changed how hip hop and rap artists approached production, using 50s and 60s soul, funk and jazz samples, broken and remixed, to create something radically different to anything seen till then.
Wu Tan Clan did not sing about gold and limos, but about real struggles, sang by real voices who actually lived said struggles.
And let’s not forget about the iconic Wu Tang logo, which has become synonymous with the group’s legendary status. Whether it’s emblazoned on a t-shirt or tattooed on a fan’s arm, the Wu Tang symbol represents a cultural movement that transcends music.
Artists are still inspired in 2023 from the Wu Tan Clan revolution. And please, do not come to stay quiet during the first two hours of the set and then sing C.R.E.A.M. or Triumph at the encore.
Understand the brand, its intersectionality, and how Wu Tan Clan bleeds all the way into the new millennium.
Long live the Wu Tan Clan.
They will be playing on Saturday 8th of July! Don’t miss the opportunity and grab your tickets before they go up in price here
Listen to Wu Tang and other bangers from NASS 2023 lineup by checking our official playlist