Drake brings out Skepta to perform ‘Shutdown’ at Wireless Festival – watch

Headline set saw rapper perform in front of a Union Jack flag and deliver hit heavy performance

Drake brought out London grime MC Skepta to perform ‘Shutdown’ during a hit-laden headline set at Wireless Festival last night (July 3).

The Toronto rapper was first due to headline Wireless in 2014 but was forced to pull out through illness. He returned to Finsbury Park in north London in triumphant form however, paying tribute to the UK capital as his “second home”.

Opening with ‘Legend’ from his 2015 mixtape ‘if You’re Reading This Its Too Late’, Drake was in celebratory mood throughout the 90 minute set and reeled off fan favourites at a rate of knots. ‘Trophies’, ‘Headlines’ and ‘We Made It’ all coming in the first fifteen minutes.

Performing in front of a Union Jack backdrop, Drake gave recognition to his surroundings by talking in London slang “It’s a mad ting innit bruv?”) and asking what 50,000 people in Finsbury Park sounds like. “I’m not here to change your life,” he told the appreciative audience. “I just want to be a part of it.”

OVO affiliate Partynextdoor joined Drake on one song while iLoveMakonnen, dressed in a green and white polo shirt, performed ‘Tuesday’ with his new label boss.

However, the biggest reaction for a guest star was by far when Skepta came out. Drake wore a Boy Better Know T-Shirt throughout the gig and brought out the crew’s biggest name member to perform his single ‘Shutdown’. “Man’s never been in Finsbury when it’s shutdown,” said Drake as the song began, aping the beginning of the recorded version.

After the song ended, both Skepta and Drake paid tribute to Lukey Maxwell. Maxwell was stabbed and killed in June in an incident in London’s Northumberland Park.

Later in the set Drake slowed things down for a while, performing some of his more plaintive material (‘How Bout Now’, ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’) as well as an adapted version of ‘Find Your Love’, transformed into an R&B slow jam.

“I do a lot of festivals but this is my favourite crowd ever,” the rapper said at one point. “Whenever I’m away from home you make me feel at home.”

Drake performing live

The set finished with a return to the opening track of the night, ‘Legend’, and it’s refrain of “If I die then I’m a motherfucking legend” before Drake could tell fans he plans to stay in London to record. “I’m going to stay here for two weeks and work on the album, ‘Views From The 6’. I don’t care about these singers or these rappers, I just care about you guys.”

Drake played:

‘We Made It’
‘Crew Love’
‘6 Man’
‘No Tellin’
‘Best I Ever Had’
‘My Way’ (Remix)
‘The Motto’
‘Truffle Butter’
‘6 God’
‘Worst Behavior’
‘How Bout Now’
‘Find Your Love’
‘Take Care’
‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’
‘0 To 100’
‘All Me’
‘HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)’
‘Started From the Bottom’
’10 Bands’
‘Know Yourself’