New Look’s WIRELESS FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 4TH JULY 2015
Wireless Festival kicked off again this year celebrating its 10 year anniversary. To mark the occasion, an extra date was added making Wireless Festival 2015 a four day event. This year’s sponsor was High Street Fashion retailer New Look and the festival was like last year, held in Finsbury Park. Headliners for the festival included Drake, Avicci and David Guetta.
Two of the Sauce team attended the festival on the Saturday, they witnessed the best the main stage had to offer and brushed shoulders with the stars in the VIP/Press area. Kicking around in the VIP garden was Niall from One Direction, Brooklyn Beckham and philanthropist Katie Piper. The Saturdays’ Vanessa was spending a lot of time with the press backstage in various interviews as was former JLS member Oritsé, who had his wife and baby to accompany him. Model Jordan Dunn was also seen head to toe in Moschino.
We covered the highlights of the main stage throughout the day, which ended with a bang….literally as fireworks filled the Finsbury Park with Avicii’s closing set.
First up on the main stage was Conor Maynard, the 22 year old started off recording covers and became a YouTube sensation before finally being signed in 2012. Dubbed, perhaps unfairly by many as a one hit wonder, Maynard was strong choice to open.
Although many guests were yet to show up yet and were more content on standing at the bar, the ones that did turn out at the main stage made up for them giving a great receptions to the singer who was fighting the heat and keeping cool with an all-white ensemble.
The set began with his first hit ‘Can’t say no’ and other favourite followed including ‘Animal’ and ‘Turn Around’ along with a cover set medley. Maynard’s last song was his latest single ‘R U Crazy’ which had the crowd jumping around and punching the air.
Having a good rapport and banter with the crowd, the young Brighton born singer was very well received and put on a good show. He stuck around the whole day too, talking to press and socialising backstage.
Following Conor Maynards opening set was Rayleigh Ritchie and Tinashe and then we were treated to a flawless performance from RnB legend Mary J Blige.
The 44 year old graced the stage with pure elegance in a fitted red jumpsuit, sporting a cool pair of shades to cope with the soaring sun. Building up an instant relationship with the thousands of people watching, Mary J (as she so often refers to herself as), was praising the crowds for their constant support and reminding them of how important it is to stay ‘real’.
Starting with hit ‘Just Fine’ the crowds were immediately in awe and stuck around for the entirety of the set which including a whole range of amazing tracks delivered with perfection. Mary J was bursting with energy and didn’t let the heat slow her down, her talent shone through with her vocals and she wasn’t afraid to show the crowds how flexible she still was, straying away from the energetic dance routines but still putting in a jump her and a lunge there.
Mary J then introduced her latest album ‘The London Sessions’ whilst taking about how she loved recording it in the city and was happy to be back again performing at Finsbury Park for Wireless. The set ended with the hit ‘Family Affair’ and everyone that seemed to have opted to go hide in the shade and listen to the music from afar rushed into the middle to be in the atmospheric mass crowd.
Up next was Gorgon City, happy to be performing in their home town and telling the crowd their recording studio was five minutes away ‘You’re listening to Finsbury Park music in Finsbury Park ’. The English garage duo belted out their hits including ‘Ready for your love’ and ‘unmissable’. Although a good set and well received by the crowds, because of the genre of music it’s more of an easy listen on record rather than a live performance, but the crowds of increasingly alcohol intoxicated festival goers didn’t seem to notice the difference in sound.
One of the last performances of the night was from American hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar. He delivered a 75 minute set to the crowd that had seemed to double in size from the previous acts. The sun was still up, and despite the high temperatures Kendrick was wearing a black jumper whilst he filled the stage with energy running from side to side.
The crowds were pumped with the super fans out in their forces, reciting every song word for word. His hit ‘Swimming pools’ went down well and the whole festival seemed to come alive. Kendrick made a special shout out to his fans, particularly those that had been there since the beginning, he even pointed out a member of the crowd on the front row who he had remembered from one of his first performances.
The perfect warm up act before the headliner Avicii, the crowds were ready for the sun to disappear and the party to really begin, and it did. Festival atmospherics were by this time at a high. You could no longer see the grass of Finsbury Park, it was replaced with food, bottle, cups and general rubbish. The old activity of throwing bottles also started around this time, as the air above the crowds filled with full bottles of who knows what.
It was now time for the final act of the evening, Swedish DJ Avicii came to the stage on a gigantic tower high DJ booth that doubled as a Video screen displaying montages throughout the sets. Stage props were in the masses with strong uses of strobe lighting, smoke machines, fire and giant streamers.
The DJ delivered the longest set of the day, proving the crowds with hit after hit including ‘Lovers of the sun’, ‘Hey Brother’ and ‘Somebody to love’ and ‘Waiting for love’. The finale of the day was accompanied by hit single ‘Wake me up’ which included a spectacular display of fireworks providing a great atmosphere to end on.
Now it was time for the floods of crowds to pour out the gates of Finsbury Park and head to the nearest underground, a lengthy process but no one seemed to mind after Avicii ended the Saturday festival on a high note.
Words: Emma Roberts
Photos: Mel Williams