Jay-Z, Lily Allen, Missy Elliott and LCD Soundsystem were among the acts on the Wireless bill in London’s Hyde Park over the weekend (July 2-4).
Missy Elliot played a set which included her hits ‘Work It’ and ‘Get Ur Freak On’. However, her set over-ran after she turned up half an hour later than billed, forcing the organisers to pull the plug during the intro to ‘Lose Control’.
In a provocative move, given the traditional sporting rivalry between England and Germany, Elliott’s band arrived on stage wearing Germany football shirts. Germany defeated Argentina 4-0 later the same day.
Slash onstage with his touring vocalist Myles Kennedy, Sunday July 4. Fans were treated to a number of Guns N’Roses classics, as well as tracks from Slash’s current solo album.
LCD Soundsystem lashed out at the crowd during their headline set on day two at the Wireless Festival (July 3) after fans threw several bottles onstage.
The band, who recently released their third album ‘This Is Happening’, stopped their set midway through to chastise the lively audience members.
“Hey anonymous asshole throwing stuff, do that to my face and I’ll kick your face in,” spat frontman James Murphy before adding: “And then I’ll pay your medical bill.”
Lily Allen played just before Jay-Z on Sunday, and reminded the crowd of her imminent retirement from music. “This is probably my last gig in London for quite some time,” she declared.
No doubt much to the delight of these fans, Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce was in attendance at Wireless – though she didn’t get on stage to perform.
And here she is, with showbiz chum Gwyneth Paltrow in tow.
Jay-Z called London his “second home” as he headlined the final day of the 2010 Barclaycard Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park, July 4.
Jay-Z told fans: “I feel like London is my second home, all of a sudden”, before he marked ‘Independence Day’ by projecting a large US flag behind him during his set.
During a megamix of ‘Girls, Girls’, Girls’ and ’03 Bonnie And Clyde’, Jay-Z urged everyone to “grab a jacket and throw it in the air”, before he threw his coat at an eager female fan. Security however failed to get the coat to the fan. The exasaperated rapper urged them: “Just give her the jacket, Jesus.”
The Wireless crowd in full voice.
Devlin, Third Stage, July 4.
Mr Hudson on the Main Stage, July 4.
Mark Ronson in the crowd at Wireless.
Professor Green at Wireless. He later joined Lily Allen onstage to rap at the end of ‘Smile’.
2manyDJs at Wireless.
New Young Pony Club on the Third Stage, July 3.
Friendly Fires on the Main Stage, July 4.
Friendly Fires at Wireless.
Darwin Deez laughs it up on the Third Stage, July 3.
Darwin Deez shows off his freakishly long neck.