Wireless Festival reviewed
Wireless – what a weekend! The three day festival is brand new to Birmingham fields and so I embarked to Perry Park on Friday with high hopes and a list of amazing artists to see.
After going to the London festival for the past few years, the vibes in Birmingham were cool and colourful, with a central hub at the towering Main Stage and a scattering of buzzing tents. The news of Drake cancelling added a slight cloud to the first day, making it a much more laid back line up, dampened further by the rain! The heavens opening didn’t stop the extreme lyrics from A$AP Ferg and Schoolboy Q to kick off the day though, stomping across the stage and even diving into the crowd. Azealia Banks blasted out her pumping prose against powerful beats, accompanied by a troupe of dancers in matching pink power catsuits. Labrinth added a warmth to the day from below our umbrellas and gave that all-singing festival vibe that made us forget the weather, try out a few whirling fun fare rides, and dance alongside a fantastic live band for new headliner Rudimental, with a guest hit performance from gorgeous Ella Eyre.
With a taste for the days ahead, heading to Perry Park on Saturday felt much more hopeful as the sun shined brightly and the crowds grew. The girls were swooning to J. Cole as he seduced with song, and we caught a few tunes from Ellie Goulding before cramming into the BrumBrum tent for Sean Paul. The old school rhythms and scores of bodies shaking-that-thing made it a classic rave up fully appreciated by the Birmingham crowd. This flowed beautifully into the cool vibes from Outkast at the Main Stage, just before we caught the last song from Robin Thicke, which was of course Blurred Lines and of course took the house down! Not originally fans, we were introduced to the happiest, most high spirited set from Bruno Mars, compete with live brass band and a host of hip shaking dance moves.
By Sunday we were feeling slightly delicate and definitely set to sit back and soak up the last and by far the busiest day. Iggy Azalea brought an endless amount of sassiness as she shot out her fiercest licks and definitely flaunted her most well-known asset. Despite not being from an indie set, Tinie Tempah is no stranger to making an impact at a festival and had everyone jumping and screaming with his most well-known anthems. The happiness continued with Pharrell Williams as members of the crowd joined him on stage, and he selected the best N*E*R*D songs to treat the crowds to, alongside his own mega hits. The weekend was crowned with a memorable performance from none other than Kanye West, plus that rant about the media. His set was an epic mix of his early tracks and aggressive new songs from his latest offering, and despite him advising he is not invincible, he definitely had the crowd amazed.
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