If festivals were bears in a bed (work with me here) this would be the bear that wouldn’t stop rolling over. The most restless of the bunch, Wireless this year will be staged at its third venue in as many years. Thrown out of Hyde Park because Mayfair residents want their sleep and not quite fitting with the Olympic Park, the festival has finally settled in Finsbury Park. This year, for the first time, Wireless have adopted a Reading/Leeds set-up, pairing with Perry Park in Birmingham to shuttle acts back and forth across the weekend.
Speaking of acts, organisers really have outdone themselves, with a stellar line-up that has some stand-out acts. Headling the whole shebang is Kanye West and his delightful mix of visceral rage and chant-a-long hip-hop classics; Drake’s smooth soulful r’n’b; and Bruno Mars’ poppy preppy funky hits.
It’s baffling that organisers have chosen Mars to headline above Outkast on the Sunday (Friday in Birmingham), when one is far more legendary and popular than the other and will potentially cause major crowding issues if put on the smaller second stage. However, just the fact that Andre 3000 and Big Boi will be present immediately guarantees a good time – as long as the London crowd gives them more love than sunstroked Coachellans.
…maybe she’ll drop something new at Wireless – now there’s an exciting thought…
Elsewhere on the line-up, Pharrell Williams brings his incredibly inventive and near-classical album G I R L to the UK festival scene, probably joining forces with Giorgio Moroder for a song or two, Knife Party will make everyone lose their minds as they did two years ago, and hopefully Chance the Rapper will perform Acid Rap in its entirety.
Representing the female contingent are Iggy Azalea, Angel Haze, the much-hyped Foxes and Azealia Banks, who has cruelly been keeping her patient fans waiting for new material for months. Maybe she’ll drop something new at Wireless – now there’s an exciting thought.
…nothing’s quite as much fun as sitting in a park with a veggie burger and a pint…
The music’s in place, a new venue is booked, let’s just hope the weather joins in the fun. Because nothing’s quite as much fun as sitting in a park with a veggie burger and a pint singing along to Jesus Walks with thousands of other people. I can’t wait.
One-day tickets for Friday and Saturday (London) are sold out, but you can still get Sunday (£71.50) and three-day tickets (£210). All tickets are still available for Birmingham (£172 for three days; early bird £68.75 for one-day tickets). Buy tickets and find out more information from the Wireless website.