Thousands flocked to Finsbury Park this weekend for popular festival – Wireless. Each year the festivals line up is spectacular, Summer Festival Guide headed over to check things out. With over 40 acts on both Saturday and Sunday; including Ciara, Jessie J, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Avicci and Kendrick Lamar, Wireless was sure to be a festival not to be forgotten.
With the sun beating down on Finsbury Park Saturday's sold-out show, started to fill out almost immediately. As the crowd flooded through the gates of Finsbury Park, they were greeted by a high-spirited Conor Maynard who kicked started Saturday on the main stage, whilst KStewart and Ady Sulieman took to the other two stages.
Raleigh Ritchie and Tinashe later took to the main stage and both performed equally good sets. Raleigh got the crowd jumping around and seemed to genuinely enjoy it just as much as they were enjoying him. Tinashe performed a great up beat set from her latest album Aquarius. Summer Festival Guide caught up with Raleigh Ritchie back stage where he told us about his love for performing, festivals and Game of Thrones.
Indiana took to the Pepsi Max Arena where she slowed things down a bit and performed a very mellow set. Fans swayed as the singer performed tracks from her latest album – ‘No Romeo’ and she drew in the crowd however the singer sped things up a bit towards the end of her set and the crowd loved it.
Whilst waiting for Mary J Blige crowds flocked to numerous food vans to refuel. Ranging from Chinese to Mexican, Vegan to Steak Grills and Lebanese to Caribbean food the crowd were definitely spoilt for choice. Mary J Blige dived straight in to her set list starting with her hit song ‘Just Fine’. The crowd immediately jumped to their feet and started dancing. Mary J had the crowd dancing for the whole 45 minutes of her set. With a great set list and her high-spirit Mary J had the crowd eating out of the palm of her hands.
Gorgon City and Childish Gambino later took to the main stage. Whilst Stormzy took to the RE: WIRED stage. Gorgon City's up beat set had the crowd dancing with range of hits including 'Stronger', 'Rather Be' & 'Real Love'.
The mult-talented Childish Gambino ran out onto the main stage next and it wasn't long before he was shirtless and belting out 'Crawl', 'Worldstar' and more from his back cataloge of albums.
Stormzy had a huge crowd for his highly anticipated set performing his latest tracks to a very appreciative crowd who sung their hearts out word for word.
As the crowd waited for Kendrick Lamar yet again they headed for the food vans and the bars to refuel and rehydrate. Kendrick took to the stage performing many tracks both old and new including 'Backstreet Freestyle', 'Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe' and 'Swimming Pools (Drank). The crowd loved Kendrick and Kendrick loved the crowd. Avicii wowed crowds when he later took to the stage and saw what had been an amazing day off with an equally amazing set and a spectacular light and firework display.
Sunday afternoon saw Wretch 32 kick start the day off on the main stage with an impressive performance. Also kicking off the day around the park was Samm Henshaw on the Re: WIRED stage and Kiko Bun in the Pepsi Max Arena. Summer Festival Guide caught up with Samm Henshaw backstage and he was just as happy and full of energy off stage as he was on.
Charlie XCX, August Alsina and Clean Bandit were the main stage line up for the afternoon. Whilst Arrested Development, Ciara, Pusha T and Rae Sremmurd took to the Pepsi Max Arena. Leaving Damage, Jacob Plant, Tove Stryke, Jaden & Willow Smith, Elliphant and Shakka to entertain those at the RE: WIRED stage.
Charli XCX with her trademark Sucker heart prop and full band on stage rocked the crowd with her hits 'Sucker', 'Breaking Up', 'I Love It'. Full of energy and with the sun pelting down on Finsbury Park, Charli had the crowd singing with her throughout her entire set!
Ciara was off to a rocky start with her mic being switched off for the first 15 minutes of her set. However that did not stop the crowd from singing along to the popular singer's songs and enjoying the show Ciara provided. Jaden and Willow left the crowd slightly befuddled with a rather unusual performance. However the crowd soon perked up when willow performed popular hit 'Whip my Hair' and Jaden shared a new track with the Wireless crowd. The sibling duo were full of energy and provided a good performance, aiding each other throughout.
As night began to fall, crowds were left disheartened when the festival organisers shamefully admitted that Nicki Minaj was running late due to travel complications and that they had lost touch with the award winning female rapper. It was later announced that Nicki and David Guetta had mutually agreed to share the set time which crowd's responded to with boos.
When David Guetta took to the stage half an hour after the announcement crowds went wild as he started his set. The light show Guetta provided was spectacular and he managed to win back the crowd with popular tracks, smoke, confetti and fireworks. David Guetta continued for a further 40 minutes before Nicki Minaj finally made her entrance and crowds seemed to have forgiven the female rapper within an instance.
Nicki continued to work the crowd and performed popular songs including 'Truffle Butter', 'Only', 'Moment for Life' and 'Anaconda'. Adoring fans sang and danced the night away enjoying the all-round amazing show Nicki delivered. Nicki Minaj was the perfect act to round off the Wireless weekend she left the crowd on a positive high and closed the show with a tremendously great performance.
French born DJ David Guetta and Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj took to the stage of Wireless Festival last night and did not disappoint. Due to travel issues Nicki had missed her spot but had mutually agreed with David that they would share the set. David Guetta started on stage with a number of classics including dance and hip hop tubes which got the crowd dancing and singing along. David constantly remind the crowd of his love for for London and wasted no time in letting off the fireworks, smoke and even confetti. Throughout his performance David engaged with the crowd, hyping them up for both his performance and for what was up to come.
About 20 minutes into his set David teased the crowd with a song he and Nicki had recorded together. However it wasn't for a further 20 minutes that Nicki Minaj finally graced the adoring crowd with her presence. Nicki wasted no time in getting started and had the crowd eating out of the palm of her hands. David and Nicki performed one song together and then Nicki was left to take over. Nicki jumped straight into songs off of her latest album The Pink Print. Including only and anaconda. Both of which she performed with backing dancers both male and female which sent the crowd wild. Nicki moved on to older songs from previous albums including Pink Friday.
Nicki continued to engage with the crowd asking her 'fellow West Indians' if they had prepared any Ox tail soup or Curried Goat for her. She continued on to joke with the crowd and fully engage with them throughout her set, whilst continuing with songs both old and new.
All in all it is safe to say that although Nicki had missed her own set, she made up for it with the performance she provided for her fans. She did not fail to deliver an amazing set, with amazing song choices and a positive vibe despite the complications she had finished. It is safe to say that Nicki Minaj was a perfect way to end the weekend and Wireless Festival 2015.
After last year’s hugely successful three-day run, Wireless will return to London's Finsbury Park for the weekend of 3rd – 5th July to celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday with an incredible line-up and a new name – ‘New Look Wireless’.
Wireless promoter Steve Homer of Live Nation said:
"This year we have an incredible line-up for New Look Wireless. We can’t wait to bring Drake back to the main stage, along with some of the best artists that span the world of Hip-hop, dance, R&B and UK Garage. This is our 10th Birthday and we’re really going to make it one to remember."
Joining Drake as headliners are Avicii and Kendrick Lamar on Saturday and Nicki Minaj and David Guetta on Sunday.
Also on the lineup are:
Labrinth, Nero, Joey Badass, Fuse ODG, Knife Party, Childish Gambino, Gorgon City, Jessie J, Clean Bandit, Wretch 32, Grandmaster Flash, Arrested Development + many more!
Whether it rains or not, I am expecting the Scottish crowd to be out in full force, having been to T in the Park before I am more than familiar with the enthusiastic atmosphere consistent through all weather conditions! I'm almost as excited to see the festival goers that choose to slide face down through the mud as I am to see the numerous artists confirmed over the three days.
Having looked through the line-up I hope to see (as long as stage times don't clash) Snow Patrol, Florence and the Machine, Professor Green, The Blackout and Tinie Tempah on the Friday. On the Saturday I'll hope to catch The Stone Roses, David Guetta, Jessie J, Enter Shikari, Rizzle Kicks, and Fake Blood. On the Sunday, Kasabian, Nicki Minaj, Swedish House Mafia, Chase and Status, Skrillex, Twin Atlantic, Rita Ora and The Subways!
Saturday and Sunday are now completely sold out for this years Wireless Festival, and if you haven't got your ticket yet but want to catch a piece of Wireless, you can still get day tickets for Friday to see deadmau5, Aforjack and more!
After pulling out in 2010 due to unforseen circumstances, Drake returns to London to headline Wireless Festival in 2012. Joining Drake on the main stage will be US rapper Nicki Minaj, Example, Wiz Khalifa, Professor Green, Tulisa and Rita Ora. Over in the Pepsi Max Stage, Nero will headline along with The Weekend, Labrinth, Deliah, D'banj, Hilltop Hoods, Clement Marfo & The Frontline.
Rihanna returns to London to headline Sunday night after a massive sell out tour in the UK last year. Joining Rhi-Rhi on the main stage is Jessie J, J Cole, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Pitbull and Cher Llyod.
The Summer Festival Guide will be on hand to bring you all the action from Saturday, we will be keeping you up to date on the performances through the day, who we have seen in the press area's, and will hopefully catch a few acts to interview through the day!
The N Dubz star will make her V debut as a solo artist at this year’s festival, which takes place across the weekend of the 18th and 19th August.
The ‘Young’ singer will join headliners Stone Roses and The Killers and a veritable feast of musical talent including Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Lawon, Rita Ora,Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran as well as her NDubz band mate Dappy.
The addition of Tulisa to the bill comes after the news that US folk singer Lissie will sadly no longer be appearing on the V Festival line up.
With the festival weekend drawing ever closer, fans are being asked to stay tuned for further announcements over the upcoming weeks.
July 7, headlined by international superstar Drake, and Sunday July 8, headlined by global sensationRihanna have now sold out! Incredible demand has led to 65,000 tickets being snapped up for each day, well over a month in advance of the festival. Three day tickets and two day tickets have also sold out, tickets for Friday July 6, headlined by Deadmau5 are still available but selling fast.
Acts joining Deadmau5 on Friday 6 July include The Roots, Maverick Sabre, Santigold and Afrojack whilst Saturday’s line-up headlined by Drake includes Nicki Minaj, Example, Wiz Khalifa, Rita Ora and Professor Green.Rihanna will be joined by Jessie J, J Cole, Rizzle Kicks, andPitbull amongst others on Sunday July 8.
Without doubt this year’s Barclaycard Wireless Festival will be the biggest and best yet!
Full line up so far as follows:
Friday 6 July Deadmau5
The Roots Maverick Sabre Metric Knife Party Feed Me Santigold Modestep Jaguar Skills Zeds Dead Childish Gambino Ms Dynamite Gemini Araabmuzik Zedd Plus special guest – Afrojack
Saturday 7 July Drake Nicki Minaj Example Wiz Khalifa The Weekend Professor Green Labrinth Tulisa Rita Ora Chiddy Bang D’banj Hilltop Hoods Clement Marfo and the Frontline Dot Rotten Angel EJ Sneakbo Lady Leshurr Koan Sound AlunaGeorge Josh Osho Bakery Boys Plus Special Guest – Nero
Sunday 8 July Rihanna Jessie J J Cole Rizzle Kicks Labrinth Pitbull Cher Lloyd Kaskade Madeon A$AP Rocky Lloyd Flux Pavilion Delilah Stooshe Far East Movement Theophilus London Doctor P Kreayshawn L Marshall Monsta Steve Papa Edwards Skyline Plus special guest – Calvin Harris
Tickets for sites in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, and Weston Park, Staffordshire, went on sale at 10am on Friday 2nd March and by 12pm they had all been snapped up.
This year’s line up has proven to be one of the most popular in V Festival's seventeen year history, with the recently reunited Stone Roses and fellow rockers from across the pond The Killers promising to give fans a weekend to remember. Joining them on the bill is aplethora of music royalty including Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, the first lady of American hip-hop Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Tinie Tempah and the Brit Award winning Ed Sheeran.
Festival Director, Simon Moran commented:
“Each year the festival goes from strength to strength and that’s credit to the outstanding artists that take to the stages across the weekend, and the fans that attend year-on-year creating a uniqueatmosphere.”
Also making a welcome return to the festival this year is the Glee Club Comedy Tent, with a line up that will include the comedy genius of Edinburgh favourite Tim Minchin.
For those fans that missed out on V Festival 2012 tickets during today’s general sale, there are still a limited amount of coach packages available through the music travel company Big Green Coach at https://vfestival.biggreencoach.co.uk.
The line up so far:
STONE ROSES – THE KILLERS – SNOW PATROL – NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – NICKI MINAJ- DAVID GUETTA – TINIE TEMPAH – EXAMPLE – ED SHEERAN –TOM JONES – KEANE – MADNESS – JAMES MORRISON – FRIENDLY FIRES – HAPPY MONDAYS – EMELI SANDÉ – PROFESSOR GREEN – NERO – OLLY MURS – NOAH & THE WHALE – BEN HOWARD – LMFAO – RIZZLE KICKS – FRANK TURNER – LABRINTH – THE ENEMY- MAVERICK SABRE – MILES KANE – RODRIGO Y GABRIELA –PIXIE LOTT – LISSIE – DAPPY – SHED SEVEN – THE TING TINGS – THE HUMAN LEAGUE – FRANK OCEAN – THE PROCLAIMERS – THE STRANGLERS – REVEREND AND THE MAKERS – INSPIRAL CARPETS – DJ FRESH LIVE
Legendary Mancunian rockers TheStone Roses and V Festival favourites The Killers are today announced as headlining V Festival’s Virgin Media stage. Taking place across the V weekend of 18th and 19th August 2012, the original Madchester foursome and the returning US rockers will be joined by a host of superstars to make this year’s V Festival, one to remember.
Following last year’s ‘American Revolution’ with performances from Eminem and Rihanna, feisty US rapper Nicki Minaj will be gracing the fields of Hylands & Weston Park, and after his show stopping set in 2011 David Guetta will be joining her.
An exciting line up of acts old and new have been brought together to entertain music aficionados and festival debutantes alike. Lucky fans with tickets to this summer’s hottest festival will also see performances from the likes of Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tinie Tempah, two-time Brit Award winner Ed Sheeran, Example, Tom Jones, Keane, Madness, James Morrison, Nero, Emeli Sandé, Friendly Fires, Happy Mondays, Professor Green, Olly Murs, plus many more to be announced across four stages at the two festival sites in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.
Returning Essex boy Olly Murs said: "Coming back to play at V Festival for a second year is fantastic! I've been going to the festival as a punter for years, so performing there is always going to be special – especially on that main stage. I'm bringing my full 10 piece band with me this year, it's going to be immense – I can't wait"
The hugely successful Glee Club Comedy Tent also makes its return as the festival’s fifth stage this year, with side-splitting performers including Doc Brown, Justin Moorehouse, Kevin McCarthy, Natan Caton, Gary Delany, John Fothergill and many more to be announced in the lead up to the festival.
Festival Director, Simon Moran comments:“We’re really delighted with the line-up this year. We have a great mix of artists topping a bill that will see the welcome return to live performance of Manchester’s finest export, along with some of the biggest acts in the music industry today including The Killers,Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran and the legendary Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds.
“The mix of established and exciting breakthrough acts promises to give festival goers a cracking weekend.“
Over the festival weekend there’ll also be sets from Noah & The Whale, Ben Howard, Rizzle Kicks, Frank Turner, Labrinth, Maverick Sabre, The Enemy, Miles Kane, Dappy, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Pixie Lott, Lissie, Shed Seven, The Ting Tings, The Human League, The Proclaimers, The Stranglers, Reverend and the Makers, Inspiral Carpets, The Rifles, Dj Fresh.
Tinie Tempah’s pal Labrinth said "So happy that I'm going to play V festival! Can't wait to get out there and rock the crowd. V Fest is special! See you there!!!!"
The glamorous V Style camping will also see a return this year. V Style got agreat reception last summer and will once again give festival fans the chance to get the best of both worlds – being able to dance the days away with their favourite artists before chilling-out, in luxury, in ready built Pod Pads, Cloud Yurts, Hearthworks Tipis and pop-up hotel rooms.
Festival Director, Bob Angus comments: “As in previous years, we want to again emphasise how important it is for fans to buy their tickets from official outlets listed on VFestival.com. This will ensure they don’t miss out on what promises to be the hottest ticket this summer.”
Tickets go on sale from Friday 2nd March at 10am with fans advised to visit www.vfestival.com, where all official outlets are detailed. V organisers again stress to fans that purchasing tickets from unofficial outlets could lead to disappointment.
STONE ROSES – THE KILLERS – SNOW PATROL – NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – NICKI MINAJ– DAVID GUETTA – TINIE TEMPAH – ED SHEERAN –EXAMPLE – TOM JONES – KEANE – MADNESS – JAMES MORRISON – NERO – EMELI SANDÉ – FRIENDLY FIRES – HAPPY MONDAYS – PROFESSOR GREEN – OLLY MURS – NOAH & THE WHALE –BEN HOWARD – RIZZLE KICKS – FRANK TURNER – LABRINTH – MAVERICK SABRE – THE ENEMY – MILES KANE – DAPPY – RODRIGO Y GABRIELA – PIXIE LOTT – LISSIE – SHED SEVEN – THE TING TINGS – THE HUMAN LEAGUE – THE PROCLAIMERS – THE STRANGLERS – REVEREND AND THE MAKERS – INSPIRAL CARPETS – THE RIFLES – DJ FRESH