Bruno Mars headlines as third day of festival comes to a close
Outkast made a triumphant return to London as they performed on the final day of Wireless Festival.
The Atlanta duo are currently on a 40-date festival tour celebrating 20 years in the music industry and performed second from the top of the bill at the Finsbury Park event on a bill that also included Ellie Goulding, Sean Paul, Clean Bandit and headline act Bruno Mars.
Taking to the stage shortly after 18:45 PM, Andre 3000 and Big Boi ran through an hour-long set in the penultimate set of the festival. Andre 3000 wore a black jumpsuit with “I’ve never been to Afrika” on the front. He was also wearing a grey wig and white sunglasses. As has become customary at recent OutKast gigs, he also had a price tag attached to his clothes with the phrase “sold” written on it.
In a set that gave nods to both old school fans and those watching for the hits OutKast opened with ‘B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)’ before playing ‘Gasoline Dreams’ and ‘ATLiens.’ Speaking to the north London audience for the first time, Andre 3000 said: “We are OutKast. If you don’t know us by now you never will. We just turned 20 years old but we feel like we turned 17 just yesterday.
Introducing one of the biggest hits of the set, Big Boi asked: “Does anyone know anyone with the surname Jackson?” prior to ‘Ms. Jackson.’
Both Andre 3000 and Big Boi performed brief solo sets during the OutKast performance with Sleepy Brown joining Big Boi for a rendition of ‘The Way You Move.’ Meanwhile, Andre 3000 brought a host of girls onto the stage when it came time to perform ‘Hey Ya!’ Among the dancing girls, who the rapper said “all looked about 10”, were Jade Thirlwall and Leigh Ann Pinnock from Little Mix.
Despite a torrential rain storm in the middle of the set, spirits did not drop throughout OutKast’s performance with both members of the group clearly enjoying the show. The set ended with Andre 3000 dedicating the performance to anyone who feelts like an outcast and saying that he and his musical partner don’t make music for “white people, black people, gay people, straight people or flippety-flop people who haven’t decided yet.”
‘Skew It on the Bar-B’
‘Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1′
‘Kryptonite (I’m on It)’
‘The Way You Move’
‘Elevators (Me & You)’
‘So Fresh, So Clean’
‘The Whole World’