Even with a few line-up hiccups and yet more trouble at the hands of festival gatecrashers, the closing day of Wireless Festival 2015 proved to be a roaring success… and arguably the best of the three days.
Wretch-32 opened proceedings on the main stage with a live band, much to the appreciation of the London crowd, while lesser known names Samm Henshaw and Kiko Bun kicked things off elsewhere.
Giving festival goers a dose of 90s UK R&B nostalgia on the Capital Xtra Re:Wired stage, Damage ghetto-romanced their way back into the hearts of fans while Charlie XCX got ‘Fancy’ on the main stage. But it was Logic over on the Pepsi Max stage who caught the attention of those who arrived early enough to take advantage of a full day.
Coming off of the back of his Under Pressure tour, the Def Jam rapper ran through a collection of tracks from last year’s album of the same name - arguably one of 2014’s best rap albums - including ‘I’m Gone’, ‘Alright’ and ‘Metropolis’. After explaining he hadn’t slept for a few days following the cancellation of three flights to get to the UK, the tongue-twisting wordsmith’s finest moment came when he gifted the UK audience with a never-before-heard new track, potentially titled 'Whoa' - Logic explained it hadn’t even been mixed yet.
With tens of thousands of women camped out at the main stage around 3pm it could only mean one thing - R&B heartthrob August Alsina was up next. Rocking out with a band and three very flexible female dancers, the New Orleans native crooned his way through a few songs from his Testimony album, as well as new single ‘Hip Hop’. He finished his set off by jumping down into the front of the crowd to hug, kiss and take pictures with some of his reams of admirers.
Attempting to visit the Pepsi Max stage for both Ciara and Pusha T’s performances was a big no no. With fans spewing out of the tent far and beyond, you were lucky if you got within 300 metres of the tent’s perimeter. With that said, it was obvious even before they even touched the stage that they should have been performing on the main stage.
Jaden and Willow Smith’s joint performance on the Re:Wired stage saw the pair bring out Drake, who was watching from the side of the stage with their mother Jada Pinkett-Smith. While across the park Jessie J’s performance was delayed by approximately 30 minutes due to the singer’s ongoing health problems associated with her heart. Putting on a brave face she touched down on the main stage following a cloud of unnecessary boos and explained that she has had two operations in the last few weeks and was advised not to perform but she didn’t want to cancel a show in London. Breaking down prior to singing ‘Nobody’s Perfect’, she explained she was nervous and showed the audience her hands were shaking. The boos became cheers and Jessie powered through.
London talents Shakka and George The Poet closed out the Re:Wired stage while Grandmaster Flash, one of the godfathers of hip hop, set the decks on fire over at the Pepsi Max stage spinning his way through some insane breakbeats with some erratic scratching still as on-point as it was back in the 70s when Hip Hop culture first began to blossom.
Over on the main stage things began to look like they were going to fall apart. Nicki Minaj, the penultimate act to play, and also the reason why many bought a ticket to the final day of Wireless, missed her flight to the UK but was said to be on her way. Headliner David Guetta was unable to start early because he too was on a flight, so it was down to DJ Charlesy and the gang to keep the music bumping and the crowd active for over an hour until Guetta was due to arrive on stage.
Hitting the stage on time, Guetta’s set up was very similar to Avicii’s on the previous day: huge cube, massive light show, party streamers, fireworks. Playing a few fan favourites that included sing-a-long smash ‘Bulletproof’, the French mega DJ at one point even threw in a dance remix of the worldwide Hip Hop smash ‘CoCo’. Looking like a great way to close out the three day festival (four if you include the Wireless 10 birthday celebration the week before), Guetta left his decks early to make way for a fashionably late Nicki Minaj.
Apologising to the audience, the Young Money rapper jumped straight into it, proving herself ever the true professional. Working her way through hits such as ‘Moment 4 Life’, ‘Truffle Butter’ and of course ‘Anaconda’, she and her twerk-tastic backing dancers shook their way through a rapid 30 minute set that was topped off with a speaker-blowing rendition of ‘Starships’.
While there may have been some issues on the final day of Wireless 2015, it all sorted itself out in the end. Let’s just hope the few ignorant gatecrashers didn’t ruin it for too many people, and haven’t ruined it for next year’s event.