Wireless Festival 2013

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Sorry for not being able to blog lately but I’ve been really with travelling to London for the Yahoo Wireless Festival which was held at the Olympic Park near Stratford.
This year I was fortunate to stay 5/10mins away from the venue so it was easier than last year where I took the underground to get there.
Also this year, I was accompanied by my best friend Zain Eltigani and my 3 other cousins so it was more crazier and more fun.

Hosted by
Similar to last year, Wireless Festival was hosted by Kiss FM UK.
(Rickie Haywood Williams , Melvin Odoom, Charlie Hedges)

So here is my Festival Diary for this year:

Friday 12th July ( Day 1 of the festival)
In total the crowd was about 40,000 people

12pm- 1300 : Me and Zain  and my cousins waited in line and tried to get as close to the main stage as we could.

1300-13:30 : Conor Maynard  opened up the festival with his no 1 tracks from his album 
Contrast :Vegas Girl , Turn Around Cant Say No and Animal. He also did a cover of Daft Punk Get Lucky

13:50 -14:30 : Wretch 32 smashed his set and got he crowd dancing to all of his tracks.

14:50- 15:30 : Ke$ha electrified her performance by having a lot of syncronised routines and some slightly bizarre surprises however she performed Tik Tok Blow ,We R Who We R and Blah Blah Blah and a few others.

15:55-16:40  : Miguel gave some jazz and r&b flavour to his set. He played Sure Thing , How many drinks, All I want is you  and Adorn

17:05-17:50 : John Legend blew the crowd with his incredible set. From starting his set with Used to Love You to singing other hits like Tonight ( Best you ever had) , Save room and my favourite Ordinary People.

18:20-19:10 Trey Songz was my favourite act  for the festival. I’ve been waiting to see him for very long time and luckily he didn’t disappoint.
By singing Say Ahh, Simply Amazing, Bottoms Up 2 Reasons and Heart attack , I was mesmorized by his presence and blown away by how amazing he was.

19:40-20:40 Snoop Dogg/Lion was an interesting act but he the one thing that made his performance great was he sang all the songs that the crowd knew such as;
Drop it like its hot, Beautiful, P.I.M.P , Signs and Young Wild and Free.
Also Rita Ora made a surprise appearance on Snoop’s set.

21:20-23:00 Justin Timberlake owned the stage and even had a few celebrities watching his set from the VIP seating such as Rita Ora and Frank Ocean.

The songs he sang included Cry Me a River , My Love, Rock Your Body, Sexy Back, Summer Love, Until The End Of Time , What Goes Around and Mirrors and  Suit and Tie from his new album and surprisingly Jay Z performed his verse for Suit and Tie along side JT

Saturday 13th July (Day 2 and last day of the festival)
In total the crowd was about 40,000 people.

12pm- 1300 : Me and Zain  and my cousins waited in line and tried to get as close to the main stage as we could.

1300-13:40 : Earth Wind and Fire a band that was popular in the 80s/90s performed back on stage giving the crowd a retro, old school feel.

14:05-14:45 DJ Fresh/ Live  hyped up the crowd by singing bangers….

15:05-15:45 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performance was another smashing performance because towards the end of his set, Macklemore came off the stage  and crowd surfed. The two big hits that he sang were of course Thriftshop and Cant hold us with Ryan Lewis.

16:05-16:50 Miguel once again returned onto the stage and played the same set as the day before.

17:15-18:00 Kendrick Lamar was a rapping sensation. Not only did he perform his hit songs, he also did a freestyle at the end of his set , which blew the crown away.
The tracks played were Swimming Pools (Drank), Poetic Justice, Money Trees, B**** Don’t Kill My Vibe and his verse from F***in’ Problem.

18:25-19:15 Rita Ora returned back onto the main stage singing tracks from her debut album ORA such as opening up he set with Radioactive then moving on to the other tracks like  Been Lying, Hot Right Now , Shine Your Light, How We Do and R.I.P.

19:40-20:40 Emeli Sande blew the crowd away with her amazing/unique voice.
The 2 tracks I  adored the most were Beneath Your Beautiful and Read All about it.

21:20-23:00 The rapstar legend himself ..JAY Z killed the stage by mixing his set from old tunes such as Bonnie and Clyde and new tunes from his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
His set line up included Tom Ford, Holy Grail (in which  JT came on to the stage and performed with him) Clique,Run This Town, Empire State of Mind, Hard Knock Life , his verse from Crazy In Love…etc

Sunday 14th July (Day 3 and last day of the festival)

Even though I wasn’t able to attend the final day of Wireless, the acts included the likes of Big Sean, Jessie Ware, Rizzle Kicks, A$AP Rocky, Nas , A Tribe Called Quest and the duo Justin Timberlake and JAY Z.

1     1. Trey Songz 
       2. Jay Z
       3.   John Legend
      4. Justin Timberlake
      5.  Kendrick Lamar
      6.Wretch 32
      7.Conor Maynard
      8. Rita Ora
      9. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
     10. DJ Fresh

Festival Essentials

From this festival, I have learnt what to pack and what not to pack for a festival and what to wear for the festivals.

Wear comfortable clothing ,such as jeans and a t-shirt or shorts and as for accessories I would go for a tribal look, like feathers and aztec prints
Carry waterproofs such as umbrellas, ponchos ,waterproof jackets and trousers for the wet weather.
Luckily for me this year it was very sunny and hot. So I learned to pack sunscreen, a towel, sunglasses , a sunhat and bottles of water.
As for footwear, I would advise people to wear wellies or Dr Martens because at festivals can be very muddy , so wearing trainers and uggs would get ruined reli quickly unless its sunny then wear flip flops and sandals.

What to pack in a bag

Phone, Money for merchandise and snacks, camera, mints and chewing gum, sunglasses,umbrella , big bottle of water ( keep it light so you don’t have to carry a lot) 

My Pictures

Heres My pictures that took at the festival :

Day 1

Artists watching the stage from above
          Frank Ocean

 Rita Ora

Day 2

The atmosphere of the crowd and close ups

Posted By Urbanista ( Azza Gasim)
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