Plus Lily Allen joins Mark Ronson onstage at the London bash
Jay-Z played a greatest hits set at the O2 Wireless Festival last night (July 3), during which he called the UK his “second home”.
Instead he blazed through most of his own better-known songs, including ’99 Problems’, ‘U Don’t Know’, ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’, ‘Oh My God’, ‘Big Pimpin’ and ‘Hard Knock Life’.
Jay-Z called London his “second home” during the show, and even used his big screen to display a fluttering Union Jack during ‘Public Service Announcement’.
With 30,000 fans chanting “HOVA!” and making Roc-A-Fella diamond hand signs, it was a far cry from his first gig in the capital at the Hammersmith Palais in 2001, which almost caused a riot.
Earlier in the day Mark Ronson introduced a procession of guest vocalists for his O2 Wireless set of cover versions, including The Charlatans‘ Tim Burgess, rappers Plastic Little and Charlie Waller of The Rumble Strips
Inevitably all eyes were on Lily Allen when she appeared with Ronson for two songs.
Despite fluffing the intro to ‘Littlest Things’ the singer seemed in good spirits, dedicating the song to “Nanny Allen“, who recently passed away.
Festival organisers had feared a washout when thunderstorms lashed Hyde Park yesterday afternoon. However by the time of Hot Chip‘s sprightly early evening set the clouds had parted and it remained dry for the rest of the night.
Morrissey is due to headline Wireless tonight (July 4) – see NME.COM for a full report.