Over the weekend, the Verge team had the privilege of attending one of London’s most exciting events and the mega festival that is Wireless.
It felt as though all Londoner’s attended and the world watched as some of the biggest and brightest stars performed, adding that extra sparkle to an incredible weekend. With the sun blazing down on all of our shoulders as we raved away the hours, it was a weekend designed perfectly for good fun and brilliant memories. The crowd showed up in full force showing an abundance of support for some of our favourite international acts, and of course, our all-time homegrown favourites.
There’s no doubt that sunshine and music makes the world go round, and what could be better than a perfect combination of both simultaneously? From the excitement of the packed Pepsi Max stage to the enormous and thrilling atmosphere of the main stage; it was impossible to not gravitate towards wonderful people and even better vibes.
As you probably have already heard, the Wireless team had many tricks up their sleeves and were determined to give everyone the best possible start to their summer; and we must say mission accomplished! There was not one disappointed face in sight, just pure smiles upon everyone’s, admittedly sweaty, faces. We thought we’d break it down one day at a time so, if you wasn’t able to attend, we can make you even more jealous about what you missed!
Friday (day 1) consisted of anticipation, eager energy and a desperate need to unwind from the stresses of our normal lives. The line-up itself was enough to de-stress us all and force us to grab the nearest pot of body glitter we could find. We got to see some of Britains best, including one of London’s most exciting artists Kojo Funds, and our summer-time angel Mabel. If you’re looking for some UK legends, Wireless provided us with the finest – including Wretch 32 and the godfather Wiley. Capital Xtra’s queen of the air-waves Yinka blew us all away with a mix perfect for good weather, and we had some of our dearest American and Canadian friends come to make our festival memories even better. Only the best artists were good enough for Wireless, and they proved it with an impressive opening day at the main stage. PartyNextDoor, Big Sean and Post Malone graced the stage with an energy that will go unmatched. As if we weren’t already spoiled enough, none other than the glorious J.Cole hit the stage and set the festival headliner barriers incredibly high; with a performance of some of our favourite throw backs, such as ”Power Trip” and ”Wet Dreamz”, to some of his more recent hits like ”ATM” and ”Motivate”.
Saturday (day 2) started off with some real vigour as we all came back for another round of summer-time partying. If you live on this planet, then you’ll know that the World Cup has pretty much taken over everything, but Wireless did not surrender. Instead, at game time (England vs Sweden), all acts were postponed and the main stage became a huge arena for England’s victory. With huge screens on stage, it felt as though majority of London was celebrating arm-in-arm, as we watched history take place within the walls of the festival. The atmosphere was euphoric as people cheered in hysterics, which geared everyone up for an even better night ahead. Krept x Konan, French Montana, Migos and more kept the good energy alive, and encouraged everyone to keep that football fuelled spirit rising sky high. What could be better than celebrating football coming home than with the UK king that is Stormzy? We’ll answer for you, absolutely nothing. Stormzy represented British pride to the fullest as he took the main stage to another dimension with our favourite anthems.
Sunday (day 3) prepped us for an enormous surprise that continued to keep us guessing, googling and gossiping throughout the whole day. With no one really knowing what to expect, the only assumption we could make for certain was that it was going to be another hot and exhilarating day. Continuing the UK’s greatest theme was Not3s and Mist, with sets that got the mood just right for our last Wireless experience. But, if you fancied some bangers from across the pond Rae Sremmurd, Rick Ross and Lil Uzi Vert were guaranteed to give you what you need to keep the fire going. As the day progressed, the food digested and the mission for hydration accomplished the expectations for the yet to be announced act rose. Who could it be? How would it be announced? What could we expect? Although the disappointment of not seeing the founder of the keys, DJ Khaled, plagued us slightly – we must admit that we became caught up in the speculation. The landlord Giggs was up first and the crowd were more than ready and completely welcoming. Whilst he performed all the great party smashes such as ”Talking The Hardest” and ”Look What The Cat Dragged In” the audience got more and more prepared for the final act. Little did we know, the grand reveal was closer than we thought. During Gigg’s set, a moment of silence where it felt as though the earth stood still was then followed by something massive… down came the official OVO owl with the patriotic Great Britain wing- Champaign Papi had landed. The grand eruption and sudden outbreak of roars soared through the air as the crowd went crazy for the final Wireless act. Streaming ahead with ”KMT”, the audience didn’t know what to expect next but we all knew it was going to be an evening full of OVO greatness. Drake performed songs from his latest chart topping project ”Scorpion” including the now viral sensation ”In My Feelings”.
We couldn’t have asked for a better entry to summer and we just don’t know how anything else could compare. Wireless 2018 shook boundaries, exceeded expectations and prepared us for what is to be an unbelievable summer. If you’re looking for a great time with phenomenal energy and marvellous people be sure to come along to Wireless 2019, we’ll see you there for sure!
Photography credit: Diallo Williams, Deevelopmedia