Last night Drake turned up for a surprise set at London’s Wireless festival, and if you’ve ever wondered what 50,000 people collectively losing their shit looks like, just check out the footage on Twitter. Drizzy blessed Finsbury Park with his presence after DJ Khaled pulled out of his headline slot at the last minute, citing “travel issues”. Travel issues so problematic that the star has still managed to post family holiday pictures on Instagram with the “caption still on vacation”. The festival later revealed that they had been aware that Khaled wouldn’t be able to perform for several months, and had tried to make it work to no avail.
But you know what, it doesn’t really matter does it? Who really wants to see Khaled, especially when there was the offer of Drake instead? The world’s richest hype man, or somebody who’s consistently released banger after banger for over a decade?
Throughout the day there’d been rumours about Drake’s appearance, although no headliner had been confirmed. These rumours were exacerbated when security wearing ‘Scorpion’ t-shirts were spotted and a video of Drake talking about the festival several years ago resurfaced on Twitter; but it wasn’t until at the end of Giggs’ slot and a banner with the OVO owl (especially adorned with a union jack wing) was dropped on the back of the stage that the star’s performance was confirmed. As the Canadian rapper bounded on stage, Giggs welcomed him Wireless with a “make some noise for my brother Drizzy right now”, before the duo launched into their sweltering collab ‘KMT’.
Drizzy then blitzed through a six-song set for the raucous crowd, with live debuts for several songs from his new record ‘Scorpion’. Speaking to army of sweaty music fans, it looked like Drake was throwing pot shots DJ Khaled, telling the audience: “I was in the middle of my vacation, I left vacation to be with each and everyone of you tonight at Wireless fest. And if they let me, I’d stay all motherfucking night!” to roars of appreciation. Saying all the right things, Drake continued to charm the crowd, pledging his love for England’s capital: “If you know anything about me, you know I live and die for London England.”
Drake finished with a trio of singles from the latest album, going from chart-topping bop ‘Nice For What’, to the scalding ‘I’m Upset’, and rounding off the triple threat, and the entire set, with a huge sing-a-long to ‘God’s Plan’. It was short, sweet, and a million times better than what we could expect from Khaled. Hell, he even found the time to get in the footie spirit, calling out “Come On England!” before he left the stage.
Yes, dancing to ‘Wild Thoughts’ in a field of half drunk revellers might have been quite fun, and yes, Khaled shouting “another one” would make a fantastic Instagram story; but I’ll take this surprise set over him any day.
KMT (with Giggs)
Nonstop (live debut)
Look Alive (BlocBoy JB cover)
Nice for What (live debut)
I’m Upset (live debut)