London’s Wireless Festival kicks off with Beastie Boys tributes

Afrojack and Jaguar Skills salute the Beastie Boys on day one of the Hyde Park festival

Day one of London’s Wireless festival was marked by tributes to late Beastie Boys rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch.

The three-day festival kicked off yesterday (July 6) with simultaneous sets from Childish Gambino, Metric and Zeed. Later on, Santigold delivered an especially memorable performance, inviting crowd members to invade the Pepsi Max Stage and dance with her to old favourite ‘Creator’.

After a well-received set from The Roots, Afrojack began his performance with a dedication to two recently-deceased musicians – Chuck Brown, the late “Godfather of Go-Go”, and Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

Another nod to the Beasties came during Jaguar Skills‘ headline set over on the Unwind Stage. The mash-up artist sampled the rap group’s 1994 classic ‘Sabotage’ during his hour-long performance, which also featured snippets of The Verve‘s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and House of Pain‘s party favourite ‘Jump Around’.

Back on the main stage, headliner Deadmau5 came on at 8.30pm and delivered a career-spanning set of progressive house music. ‘Some Chords’ and ‘Strobe’ were particular highlights from his generous two-hour performance.

Wireless Festival continues today (July 7) with performances from Example, Professor Green, The-Dream and Saturday headliner Drake. The annual three-day event, held at London’s Hyde Park, will conclude tomorrow (July 8) with a headline set from Rihanna.