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Wireless Festival 2018: The Round Up!

Wireless Festival is arguably the biggest stage the UK has to offer, for many UK artists it is a dream to be booked for Wireless and it can certainly open many doors for our home grown talent. Consecutively running for 13 years, Finsbury Park hosted the annual festival which kick started on Friday 6th July through to Sunday the 8th. This year Wireless was headlined by some of the world's best talent; J.Cole, Post Malone, Stormzy, Migos, French Montana, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Uzi, Giggs and a very special guest.

 

Photography by. @jdshotyou

 

The whole weekend was filled with performances from all over the country and shone light on the connection that is building with the UK and US artists. I feel like at previous London festivals the interaction with different artists was weak, whereas now we are starting to see them catching a vibe, taking images and interacting together. Post Malone, Stormzy and Migos was amongst the best performances, all bringing their hits to the stage and creating some memories in the UK.

 

Throughout the day there had been rumours about the 6ix God making a potential appearance during The Landlords set on main stage, although nothing had been confirmed. These rumours were seeming to be true when Giggs brought out a special friend of Drake’s and fellow OVO member, Baka Not Nice – the Toronto artist performed his hit ‘Live Up To My Name’. Swiftly after this performance, the speculation that Drake was in town was correct as members of security, wearing ‘Scorpion’ t-shirts emerged.

 

Photography by. @jdshotyou

 

After Giggs finished his electric performance, a huge banner emerged on the stage of the iconic OVO own with a union jack embedded onto the wing. At this point huge cheers came from the 50,000+ people, who knew what was about to happen. The DJ started to spin ‘KMT’ and the rappers voice emerged from the curtains. The energy that the two artist brought was a perfect way to kick start Drake’s set in London. By this point I don’t think anyone was remotely fazed by the fact DJ Khaled was a no show and after finishing ‘KMT’ the rapper addressed the cancellation by Khaled. “Then I heard that somebody might have cancelled their performance today, but it’s okay. I came out here to ask London permission if I could run a little set to make up for that.” Little did fans know that a week after ‘Scorpion’ dropping, they would get to hear these tracks live. The Toronto superstar has always shown mad love to London, but he continues to turn up at huge UK events and put his all into performances. Spinning through a six song set, the rapper showed his fans a glimpse of what the experience will be like for his upcoming tour with Migos 'Aubrey & The Three Amigos'. After giving the fans a taster of 'Scorpion' he ended his set with 3 of the projects huge successes; 'Nice For What', 'I'm Upset' & 'God's Plan'.

 

In my opinion one of the performances of the weekend must go to Lil Uzi Vert, he turned the London crowd upside down on the Sunday. The energy he brought was something else and wasn’t too shy to get involved with the crowd and let them vibe with him. Then Uzi decided to bring Playboi Carti out to perform a few tracks with him, the vibe was something else – both artists looked to be enjoying themselves also. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lil Uzi performance without him stealing some kind of headline which is exactly what he did at Wireless. We are all aware that the Philly rapper has never hid from showing satanic imagery and symbols in songs, videos and clothing, during his set in London he decided to take fans with him. Before performing his hit single ‘XO Tour Life’ the rapper said “and if nobody flying up to heaven right now, obviously all y’all motherfuckers going to hell right with me.” As the beat drops he continues to speak to his fans “I’m so sorry you can’t get out! You’re stuck, it’s over. You heard the song a million times and you didn’t even know.”

 

Photography by. @jdshotyou

 

Wireless is a festival that brings worldwide talent straight to the UK to showcase their talents, but as the years have gone on, the UK scene has continued to flourish and grow, which ultimately means that there is no way that the stage cannot be utilised for our home grown talent. This year we saw 0121's very own Jaykae come out and shut down the Pepsi Max Stage with his catalogue of hits which have lit up not only the Birmingham scene, but the UK on a whole. But, it didn't stop there, Jaykae capitalised on the opportunity to bring out a very special guest, who hasn't seen the glamorous side to the music industry just yet. That's right, Remtrex joined the Brum Town captain on stage, after recently being released from prison and jumping straight back into the music business. A huge milestone for Jaykae, Remtrex and Birmingham. The duo made a huge statement by doing this, and let everyone know that it was time for the Second City to shine. 

 

We can't wait to see what they've got lined up for next years Wireless, but be sure to re-live the moments from this years showcase via our official photo gallery below.

 

 

PHOTO GALLERY: Wireless Festival 2018 - @jdshotyou

 

 

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