Wireless Festival turned 11 this weekend. The three-day festival took place in Finsbury Park, London, with headline performances from Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, and grime collective Boy Better Know. In the face of adversity (repeated attempts by locals to shut the festival down), the performers of Wireless fought back hard; with cameos, covers and guest performances galore.
Up-and-coming Birmingham rapper Lady Leshurr shook up the Pepsi Stage Arena with a cover of ‘Work’ by Rihanna and a message to “just be focused and follow your dream.”
On the bus into Finsbury Park, Dua Lipa started a Facebook Live stream of her arrival at the festival, her pre-show preparation, and her opening number, ‘Blow Your Mind’. She closed with ‘Hotter Than Hell’.
Miguel struggled for words when addressing the racial violence situation in America. He told the crowd “We can’t let shit just blow over and not take action anymore,” Miguel said to the Wireless Festival crowd. “Look, our children will inherit this Earth when we’re gone. What are we leaving for them? What are we doing for them now, not tomorrow? Now!”
The pirate radio station of ‘People Just Do Nothing’ fame, Kurupt FM, sprayed champagne bubbles over the audience at their Friday night show on Stage 3.
Former Black Eyed Peas member Fergie returned to the UK after a three year hiatus on the third day of the festival. Alongside her solo work and new single ‘M.I.L.F.$’, she played Black Eyed Peas tracks, including ‘Let’s Get It Started’ and ‘I Gotta Feeling’.
Wireless Festival, now in its eleventh year, took place between the 8th and 10th July in Finsbury Park, London.