Preview: Wireless Festival (4-6/07/2014)

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The remnants of winter are disappearing and summer is finally coming, bringing festival season with it. Wireless Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary returning on the 4th, 5th and 6th of July 2014 in both London’s Finsbury Park and for the first time ever, in Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

The festival has truly transitioned from its indie origins, with headliners such as The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age. These recent years have witnessed Wireless Festival emerge as a hub for urban music with outstanding performances from artists such as Rihanna and Drake in 2012. This year’s festival has large boots to fill after last year’s captivating show, with Justin Timberlake on Friday, Jay Z on Saturday and the two combined for the ‘Legends of Summer’ show on Sunday.

In 2013 the festival was based for the first time in the newly and impressively built Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The audience was treated to the chilled R&B tunes of Mr. Timberlake and the heavy hip-hop beats of Jay-Z. Rihanna arrived on Sunday as a guest to perform ‘Run This Town‘ as the duo neared their finale, making the only response to be had, utter excitement. Can this year really outdo its last?

It would seem so! This year boasts another impressive line-up from not only prominent and accomplished artists such as Pharrell Williams (winner of three Grammys this year) and OutKast (highly anticipated for reuniting for the first time since 2006), but also up and coming musicians such as Ella Eyre and Clean Bandit, who had their respective hits with ‘Waiting All Night‘ and ‘Rather Be‘ leaving audiences eagerly awaiting what they’ll do next.

Friday in London and Sunday in Birmingham brings Kanye West with his critically acclaimed album Yeezus, which holds hits such as ‘Black Skinhead‘ and more niche tracks like ‘New Slaves’. Drake mirrors this, headlining Friday in Birmingham and Saturday in London and will undoubtedly perform a combination of his older tracks from the Grammy award winning Take Care and new material from Nothing Was the Same. Lastly, Bruno Mars comes to Birmingham on Saturday and London on Sunday and who wouldn’t want to see him live after his fantastic performance at this year’s Superbowl?

Each headliner is critically acclaimed and notorious for their passionate performances, guaranteeing this event to be a fantastic weekend. Furthermore, Wireless is the only confirmed UK summer show for Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars making this festival the perfect opportunity to see the amazing artists that have brought some of the best music of the year.

Tickets are priced at £210, or £195 without the booking fee in London and £172, or £160 without the booking fee in Birmingham for the weekend. Day tickets for London are £71.50 and £62.50 for Birmingham. Tickets are available here.

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