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Despite being relatively new, (starting in 2005) Wireless Festival has always had some of the best current artists performing and this year was no exception. With such acts as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Outkast and Bruno Mars it was a momentous occasion that will surely go down in the festival history books.

As Friday flew by the highlight was of course 2 day headliner, Kanye West, who opened with ‘Black Skinhead’ from his most recent album, ‘Yeezus’. With a minimalist set of just what can only be described as a very large light box/screen behind him he gave a performance that was second to none. With other acts such as local boy, Tinie Tempah and American singer/producer Pharrell Williams it was a day not to be missed, with the crowds screaming for hits such as Tinie’s ‘Pass Out’ and Pharell’s massive hit ‘Happy’ which spread like wildfire for most of 2014.

It would be rude not to mention the absence of Drake, who fell ill a few days before he was due to perform and couldn’t headline on the main stage, however Mr West took it upon himself to step in and play a few of his hits such as ‘All Me’ which put the crowd into high spirits. This was not the first time the crowd booed during Mr West’s as many responded badly to the 20-odd minute ‘rant’ midway through his Friday performance and again on the Saturday. This was nothing we hadn’t seen before as he denounced the corporations for not letting him spread his creativity and break down the walls of racism and inequality. The rant or “visionary stream of consciousness” was misinterpreted by many and took away from what was an excellent show, although maybe it wasn’t suitable for a festival. Along with acts such as Odd Future’s very own Earl Sweatshirt and Wiz Khalifa the stars of modern day hip-hop proved to everyone that they could definitely compete with the big boys and give a truly great show.

Topping off the great few days was a faultless performance by rap duo, Outkast, who are joining together on a global festival tour. Seeing Big Boi and Andre 3000 on the same stage was a dream come true for many, with thousands of people singing along to their most famous hits: ‘Ms Jackson’, ‘Roses’ and ‘Hey Ya’ as well as some other classics. They were followed by the headline act Hawaiian singer, Bruno Mars, who brought out his ‘Hooligans’ and gave a breath-taking show. Bruno dictated the tempo of his performance well, getting everyone dancing along to ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ and singing their hearts out to ‘Grenade’ whilst fireworks erupted over the stage.

Across the three days there was a superbly positive and friendly atmosphere through the ups and downs with everyone ending each day on a high. Wireless Festival will surely be a contender for the next great British festival, despite things not going as smoothly as everyone had originally hoped for.

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