Wireless Festival

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Wireless Festival
Main stage at 2008 O2 Wireless Festival.jpg
Main stage of the 2008 Wireless Festival
Location(s) 2005–2012 Hyde Park, London
2006–2007 Harewood House, Leeds
2013 Olympic Park, London
2014 Finsbury Park, London
Years active 2005–present
Website
www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

The Wireless Festival is a music festival in England that takes place every year in London, and took place at Harewood House, Leeds in 2006 and 2007. It is owned and managed by Live Nation.

From its inception in 2005 until 2008, the festival was sponsored by telecommunications company O2, and was called the O2 Wireless Festival. From 2009 to 2012, the main sponsor was Barclaycard and the festival renamed to Barclaycard Wireless Festival. For 2013, the sponsor changed to Yahoo!, and was renamed to Yahoo! Wireless. The 2014 Wireless Festival was held in Finsbury Park in North London for the first time, as well as Perry Park in Birmingham. The 2015 event will take place at Finsbury Park and is sponsored by the fashion retailer New Look with an extra day due to it being 10 years since the first event.

History[edit]

2005[edit]

M.I.A. performing on the XFM stage in 2005

The first festival took place in June 2005 and was in Hyde Park only. Tickets were £35 a day. Some of the acts on the line-up were (headline acts in bold):[1]

2006[edit]

Depeche Mode headlining the 2006 festival

In 2006, the festival played in both Hyde Park and Harewood House. Tickets were £37.51 per day.

The Hyde Park festival ran from 21–25 June and on the bill were:[2]

The Harewood House festival ran from 24–25 June and tickets were £32.50 for the first day and £37.50 for the second. It featured:[3]

2007[edit]

The White Stripes headline 2007's festival

Tickets for both venues went on sale on 16 March 2007 and the festival took place between 14–17 June in Hyde Park, and 15–17 June at Harewood House. Tickets were £40 for one day, £75 for two, £105 for three or £135 for four days.

The acts for both Hyde Park and Harewood House were:[4]

The acts which performed the extra date in Hyde Park were:

For the first time, the Leeds festival offered camping facilities at the festival. Campers were allowed to stay on Lord Harewood's land for £25 for as many festival days as they wished. There were 3 stages this year, and the O2 Blueroom where only O2 customers were allowed to enter.

2008[edit]

The 2008 O2 Wireless Festival spanned 4 days in Hyde Park, and was the last to carry the O2 sponsorship. An attempt to hold a parallel festival in Leeds similar to the Reading and Leeds Festivals arrangement was unsuccessful, and instead a variety of club nights featuring billed artists were held. Tickets were £45 per day.

Fatboy Slim on the main stage on Saturday 5 July

The line-up was as follows:[5]

2009[edit]

Paul Oakenfold on Stage Two on Saturday 4 July

The 2009 festival was sponsored by Barclaycard and was cut from four to two days in Hyde Park. Tickets were £45 for one day or £80 for both. The line-up was as follows:[6]

2010[edit]

Missy Elliott performance in Saturday, 3 July.

The 2010 Wireless Festival was increased to three days and took place from 2 July to 4 July 2010. Tickets were £47.50 for one day, £85 for two and £110 for three days. The line-up was as follows:[7]

The Sunday date sold out in record time, three weeks before the festival.[8]

2011[edit]

The Black Eyed Peas headline the 2011 festival
Example on the Friday
Katy B on the Saturday

The 2011 Wireless Festival was held from Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July 2011. Tickets were £48.50 (Saturday/Sunday) or £49.50 (Friday) for one day, £92 for two and £130 for three days. The Black Eyed Peas headlined the Friday, The Chemical Brothers on the Saturday, and Pulp reformed after ten years to play the Sunday and other festivals in 2011. The Black Eyed Peas date had sold out by the end of June, while tickets for the other two days remained on sale until the festival.

Line-up
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Black Eyed Peas
David Guetta
Bruno Mars
Plan B
Tinie Tempah
Chipmunk
Example
Labrinth
Jodie Connor
Far East Movement
Yasmin
Wretch 32
Mike Posner
Alexis Jordan
Natalia Kills
Dot Rotten
StooShe

The Chemical Brothers
The Streets
Chase & Status
Aphex Twin
Chromeo
Janelle Monae
Kesha
LMFAO
Nero
Katy B
Devlin
Digitalism
Battles
The Whip
Justin Robertson
Jay Electronica
J. Cole
Modestep
Maverick Sabre
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Her Majesty & The Wolves
Alex Metric
Alpines
Luke Bingham
James Holroyd

Pulp
Grace Jones
TV on the Radio
Foals
The Horrors
Metronomy
Cut Copy
Devotchka
The Like
The Naked and Famous
The Pretty Reckless
Roky Erickson
Neon Trees
Funeral Party
Fight Like Apes
Summer Camp

2012[edit]

The 2012 Wireless Festival was held from Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July. Tickets went on general sale on 18 November 2011, priced at £49.50 (Friday/Saturday) and £52.50 (Sunday), plus booking fee.[9] All tickets for the Rihanna day sold out by the end of March, a new record for the festival.[10]

The acts which played were:

Line-up
Friday Saturday Sunday

Main Stage

Deadmau5
Afrojack
The Roots
Maverick Sabre
Metric

Pepsi Max Stage
Knife Party
Feed Me
Santigold
Modestep
Childish Gambino

Barclaycard Unwind Stage
Jaguar Skills
Ms. Dynamite
Zeds Dead
Gemini
AraabMuzik
Zedd

Bandstand Stage
Pro Dot
RuN RiOT
Brave New Storm

Main Stage

Drake
Nicki Minaj
Example
Wiz Khalifa
Professor Green
Tulisa
Rita Ora

Pepsi Max Stage
Nero
The Weeknd
Labrinth
Delilah
D'banj
Hilltop Hoods
Clement Marfo & The Frontline
MistaJam

Barclaycard Unwind Stage
Chiddy Bang
Dot Rotten
The-Dream
Lady Leshurr
Sway
Sneakbo
Angel
KOAN Sound
Aluna George

Bandstand Stage
Mikill Pane
Krept & Konan
Josh Osho
Queen of Hearts
The Other Tribe
Bakery Boys

Main Stage

Rihanna
Jessie J
J.Cole
Rizzle Kicks
Labrinth
Pitbull
Cher Lloyd

Pepsi Max Stage
Calvin Harris
Kaskade
Madeon
ASAP Rocky
Flux Pavilion
Lloyd
StooShe

Barclaycard Unwind Stage
Far East Movement
Theophilus London
Doctor P
Rascals
Kreayshawn
L Marshall
Monsta
Steve Papa Edwards

Bandstand Stage
K Koke
Steve Papa Edwards
Cleo Sol
Ny
Skyline

2013[edit]

The 2013 event was moved to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford after Live Nation pulled out of the tender for Hyde Park due to curfew issues.[11] The festival was held from Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July 2013, and tickets were priced at £57.50 for day tickets and £110 for two days, plus booking fees. The event was being sponsored by Yahoo!.

The line-up for the festival was:[12]

Line-up
Friday Saturday Sunday

Justin Timberlake
Snoop Dogg
Trey Songz
John Legend
Frank Ocean
Miguel
Kesha
Wretch 32
Conor Maynard
Bingo Players

Jay-Z
Emeli Sandé
Rita Ora
Kendrick Lamar
Miguel
DJ Fresh
Calvin Harris
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Flux Pavilion
Zedd
Iggy Azalea
Devlin
Taboo

Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake (Rihanna)
will.i.am
A Tribe Called Quest
Nas
ASAP Rocky
Rizzle Kicks
Katy B
Jessie Ware
Big Sean
Magnetic Man
2 Chainz
Porter Robinson
Misha B

2014[edit]

In February 2014 it was confirmed that Wireless Festival 2014 would be held at Finsbury Park, London and Perry Park, Birmingham. The event was held over the weekend of 4–6 July 2014, on three stages. London day tickets were priced at £71.50 while Birmingham day tickets were priced at £68.75.[13] Weekend tickets for London went on sale at £210 while Birmingham weekend tickets were set at £172. On 3 July, the day before the first day of the festival, it was widely reported that Drake had pulled out due to illness, (making it the second time he had pulled out of a Wireless Festival). This was confirmed on the festival's social media sites and organisers announced that Kanye West would play instead of Drake in London, and Rudimental (who had been the support for Drake) would headline the Saturday in Birmingham with a special extended set featuring very special guests. The organisers also offered those attending on Saturday in Birmingham £20 of "Wireless Credit" which was redeemable against any concessions, merchandise stands and funfair attractions at the event.

London

Line-up
Friday Saturday Sunday

Kanye West
Pharrell Williams
Basement Jaxx
2 Chainz
Iggy Azalea
Giorgio Moroder
Foxes
Ella Eyre
Angel Haze
Joel Compass
Vic Mensa
Jess Glynne

Kanye West
Rudimental
Knife Party
Wiz Khalifa
Azealia Banks
Pretty LIghts
B.o.B.
Chance the Rapper
Earl Sweatshirt
Kwabs
A$AP Ferg
G-Eazy
YG
Sage the Gemini

Bruno Mars
Outkast
Ellie Goulding
J. Cole
John Newman
Salt-N-Pepa
Clean Bandit
Bleachers
A Great Big World
Raleigh Ritchie
Becky Hill
Dominic Young Unique

Birmingham

Line-up
Friday Saturday Sunday


Rudimental
Knife Party
Wiz Khalifa
Azealia Banks
Pretty LIghts
B.o.B.
Chance the Rapper
Earl Sweatshirt
Kwabs
A$AP Ferg
G-Eazy
YG
Sage the Gemini

Bruno Mars
Outkast
Ellie Goulding
J. Cole
John Newman
Salt-N-Pepa
Clean Bandit
Bleachers
A Great Big World
Raleigh Ritchie
Becky Hill
Dominic Young Unique

Kanye West
Pharrell Williams
Basement Jaxx
2 Chainz
Iggy Azalea
Giorgio Moroder
Foxes
Ella Eyre
Angel Haze
Joel Compass
Vic Mensa
Jess Glynne

2015[edit]

On January 31, 2015, it was confirmed that the festival would be held in Finsbury Park between July 3–5. The lineup was confirmed via the festival's Twitter page, with confirmation that Drake would return to the festival following his cancellation in 2014. It was also revealed that David Guetta and Nicki Minaj would perform as co-headliners on the Sunday, and that Avicii and Kendrick Lamar would be co-headlining on Saturday. As it's the festival's tenth birthday, there will be a special 'birthday' event on Sunday 28 June. Since the lineup was announced, several artisits have had to cancel their appearance. In early June, Big Sean removed the Wireless appearance from his tour's website and he no longer appeared on the Wireless website's lineup. Around the same time, Boy Better Know were added to the Wireless 10 event. On 14 June, Stromae had to cancel his Wireless appearance amongst other summer dates, after suffering a reaction to anti-malaria drugs whilst on his tour of Sub-Saharan Africa. Jess Glynne tweeted a day later to say she would also be cancelling a number of summer dates, including Wireless, due to having to undergo vocal chord surgery. The Friday sold out by the end of April, whilst the other three dates remained on sale until the festival.

Line-up
Main Stage
Sunday 28 June Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July

Drake
20:20 - 21:50
Rita Ora
18:45 - 19:35
Chance the Rapper
17:25 - 18:15
Katy B
16:10 - 17:00
Kid Ink
15:00 - 15:45
G-Eazy
14:10 - 14:35
Disturbing London X DJ Charlesy Present: Sneakbo, Youngen, J Hus, Bugzy Malone and Section Boyz
13:00 - 13:40

Drake
20:50 - 22:20
ASAP Rocky
19:05 - 20:05
Major Lazer
17:35 - 18:35
Labrinth
16:20 - 17:05
Joey Badass
15:20 - 16:00
Fuse ODG
14:25 - 15:00
Maverick Sabre
13:30 - 14:05

Avicii
21:10 - 22:25
Kendrick Lamar
19:20 - 20:35
Childish Gambino
18:00 - 18:45
Gorgon City
16:55 - 17:35
Mary J Blige
15:45 - 16:30
Tinashe
14:50 - 15:20
Raleigh Ritchie
14:05 - 14:30
Conor Maynard
13:20 - 13:45

David Guetta
20:40 - 22:00
Nicki Minaj
19:00 - 20:00
Jessie J
17:40 - 18:25
Clean Bandit
16:25 - 17:10
August Alsina
15:20 - 16:00
Charli XCX
14:20 - 14:55
Wretch 32
13:30 - 14:00

Stage 2/Pepsi Max Arena
Sunday 28 June Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July

Public Enemy
19:20 - 20:10
Boy Better Know
18:25 - 18:55
Black Star
17:20 - 18:05
Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
16:10 - 17:00
De La Soul
15:25 - 15:50
Jhene Aiko
14:30 - 15:05
ILoveMakonnen
13:45 - 14:10
Bishop Nehru
13:00 - 13:25

Nero
19:35 - 20:35
Duke Dumont
18:05 - 19:05
PARTYNEXTDOOR
16:55 - 17:40
Krept and Konan
15:50 - 16:30
G-Eazy
15:00 - 15:30
ILoveMakonnen
14:15 - 14:40
Vince Staples
13:30 - 13:55

Knife Party
19:50 - 20:50
Netsky
18:25 - 19:20
DJ Mustard
17:15 - 18:00
Indiana
16:20 - 16:50
Robin Schulz
15:10 - 15:55
MNEK
14:20 - 14:50
KStewart
13:30 - 14:00

Grandmaster Flash
19:20 - 20:20
Rae Sremmurd
18:15 - 18:55
Pusha T
17:10 - 17:50
Ciara
16:10 - 16:50
Arrested Development
15:10 - 15:50
Logic
14:15 - 14:45
Kiko Bun
13:30 - 13:55

Capital Xtra Presents Re:Wired Arena
Sunday 28 June
No Stage
Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July

Lethal Bizzle
20:10 - 20:40
Klingande
19:15 - 19:45
Travis Scott
18:20 - 18:50
Ms. Dynamite
17:25 - 17:55
Collie Buddz
16:30 - 17:00
Little Simz
15:40 - 16:10
OCD: Moosh & Twist
14:50 - 15:20
Melissa Steel
14:10 - 14:30
Jermain Jackman
13:30 - 13:50

Kurupt FM
20:20 - 20:50
3LAU
19:25 - 19:55
Stormzy
18:30 - 19:00
Sinead Harnett
17:35 - 18:05
Bad Rabbits
16:40 - 17:10
OWS
15:50 - 16:20
Etta Bond
15:00 - 15:30
Nick Brewer
14:15 - 14:40
Ady Suleiman
13:30 - 13:55

George the Poet
20:00 - 20:30
Shakka
19:05 - 19:35
Elliphant
18:10 - 18:40
Jaden Smith & Willow Smith
17:15 - 17:45
Tove Styrke
16:20 - 16:50
Jacob Plant
15:25 - 15:55
Damage
14:35 - 15:05
Samm Henshaw
13:45 - 14:15

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