'Literal dream come true'
Drake replaced DJ Khaled as a surprise headliner at London’s Wireless Festival this evening (July 8). Check out footage and the setlist below.
Khaled was scheduled to headline the closing night of the Finsbury Park event – cancelling at the last minute due to ‘travel issues’. Billed as ‘DJ Khaled and Friends’, the show would have followed today’s performances from Giggs, Rae Sremmurd, Rick Ross and more. Last night (July 7) welcomed an epic headline performance from Stormzy.
With the vacant top spot remaining as ‘TBA’ tonight, rumours began to circulate suggesting that Drake would step up to make a surprise return to the capital. It has been said that the festival’s security team were spotted with ‘Scorpion‘ AAA passes, referencing the Canadian artist’s new LP. Then, Drake took to the stage in an ‘OVO’ football shirt and took London by surprise.
During his set, Drake duetted with Giggs on ‘KMT’, and also performed ‘Nonstop’, ‘I’m Upset’ and ‘Nice For What’ live for the first time.
Drake’s setlist was:
KMT (with Giggs)
Nonstop (live debut)
Look Alive (BlocBoy JB cover)
Nice for What (live debut)
I’m Upset (live debut)
A source told The Sun that Drake was “planning his biggest surprise to tie in with the launch of his latest album”, after he was initially set to appear as a guest during Giggs’ slot.
Giggs previously brought Drake onstage during his Reading Festival show last year. The pair performed ‘KMT’ together, which originally appeared on Drake’s ‘More Life‘ playlist.
‘Scorpion’ surpassed 132 million streams on Spotify and 170 million streams on Apple Music in its first day. It was then confirmed to be the first album to clock over 1 billion streams worldwide.
Reviewing the 25-track release, NME said: “‘Scorpion’ sounds like Drake knowing that he’s won, cynically deciding not to challenge himself. Sure, the crown is still his, but to quote Drake’s own words on this album: ‘Is there more?'”