“We don’t make music for white people, black people, gay people, straight people or flippety-flop people who haven’t decided yet.” OutKast
After a lovely couple of days catching up with friends from Abu Dhabi, I attempted to channel my inner youth (it was tough and took some deep searching) and I took the teenager to the final day of the Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park. Luckily she had the full festival experience the day before when her eldest brother took her and they partied in the thick of the crowd to the sounds of Rudimental, Wiz Khalifa and rants of Kanye West containing the disappointment by the no-show of the much-anticipated Drake who cancelled due to illness.
Us girls however, enjoyed the more civilised VIP nation experience with some celebrity spotting (well X Factor wannabes, girl band members and footballers and Hugh Jackman) and were lucky enough to see some great acts kicking off with old skool girl duo Salt n Pepa followed by John Newman, Ellie Goulding, Outkast and the headline act Bruno Mars in his first UK Festival headline performance.
Now I had seen Bruno before in Dubai and he and his very lively band didn’t disappoint this time either. His set finished off the day and ended the festival in a frenzy of crowd pleasing tunes, whole band participation dance routines and festival finale firework display. Some freaky entertainment was provided backstage in the VIP area by performers from Cirque Le Soir as well as a free bar and food and distinctly non-festival like toilet facilities, which got a very big thumbs up from me! All in all a good day except the intermittent rain (however there was a beautiful rainbow) and the distinctly uncivilised crush into the tube at Finsbury Park station.
Some of the madness that is Cirque Le Soir
Good old UK rain on a sunny day brought out a pretty rainbow
Up close and personal with J Cole
Check out the official Sunday photos in the Wireless gallery here.