Gig Review: Wireless Festival, 14th July - Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake, A Tribe Called Quest, Magnetic Man & more ✭✭✭✭✭

Wireless Festival

Saturday 14th July 

What a weekend it has been. The organisers have pulled out all the stops to make this one of the best years yet, even though a few were worried about the change of location; as Hyde Park is more central, but with the amount of tickets sold the bigger location was definitely needed. This weekend couldn't have been better, perfect weather, great live music and good company. Finishing off the weekend was a great line up, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Magnetic Man, Katy B and headliners Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.

Magnetic Man was performing on the Pepsi Max Stage, due to technical difficulties and the weather being so hot they were having trouble with sound. Once they hit the stage they didn't really have a lot of time left. It took a while for them to get going. Once they dropped some of the well known tracks the crowd were pumping. The crowd loved it when they dropped “I Need Air” it also meant the end of their set. I got to see some of the people walking out of the tent, covered in sweat and enjoying every bit of the day.

We had another hip hop royalty on the main stage in the form of Nas, he bought the sound of New York to East London. With a bass thumping performance the crowd were loving it, even in temperatures over 30 degrees there were no signs of the audience flagging, with the hardcore fans following every word and everyone else bouncing, jigging and head nodding to the bass-heavy beats and distinctive rap sound. With one classic tune after he included to his set “Hate Me Now”, “Daughters” (personal favourite), “Street Dreams”, “Life’s A Bitch”, “Made You Look”, and so many more. Nas didn't need anyone else to come and help him on stage, however he did take the opportunity to make a tribute to Amy Winehouse, with the song “Cherry Wine” which they collaborated on – he reached out to fans saying “R.I.P. Amy, I see you baby”. Hip Hop royalty and he proved it with his performance.   

Bringing a touch of old school hip hop were A Tribe Called Quest, a reunion of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, they haven’t performed in the UK for 20 years, and they also dedicated their performance to Trayvon Martin (a recent teenager who was shot down in America and the killer was cleared of murder). Q-Tip spoke “I don’t want to be a downer but yesterday (Saturday) in America, we a miscarriage of justice,” “it’s not the first time this has happened. Pray for us… we need help” he added. They performed “Bonita Applebum”, “Scenario”, “Award Tour” and finished the whole set off with “Can I Kick It”. They had the whole audience loving the old school beats; the audience were in a great mood and clearly loved being taken back to when hip hop was good. Great performance and it was great to see them all on stage, never thought I’d get to see them live.

Timberlake and Jay-Z, who already headlined on previous nights, took to the stage together, billed as Legends Of The Summer, it gave festival goers a chance to see the north American stadium tour of the same name. Looks like north America are in for some good times. They hit the night off with their single Holy Grail, their set lasted for two-and-a-half hours and it was a combination of their solo hits and a mash-up of their popular tracks as well as their other collaboration “Suit and Tie”, which is what ended the night.

During the performance of “Run This Town” the crowd went crazy, we heard her voice first and then she took to the stage – the only other guest that JT and Jay-Z had on stage, Rihanna.

We got to listen to so many songs, unfortunately at some points it was lagging a little, it might have been because it had been a long weekend and everyone had been standing for so long. But you can’t help but love seeing Jay-Z and JT live, regardless of how much your feet hurt.

Most of the songs performed were the same from Friday and Saturday. JT performed “Señorita”, “Cry Me A River”, “Like I Love You”, “Tunnel Vision”, the new single “Take Back The Night” and “Futuresex/lovesounds”. Jay-Z performed his well-known tracks, “99 Problems, “03 Bonnie & Clyde”, “Jigga What”. Both artists in their own right are music royalty and both clearly had enjoyed the night and the whole weekend.

The whole weekend of Wireless was great, a massive thank you to all the organisers. Can’t wait till next year.