Wireless festival guide
See stage times and travel advice for the Finsbury Park festival
Mon Jun 30 2014
Once based in Hyde Park, this star-packed festival jumped ship to the Stratford Olympic Park last year. This weekend (Friday July 4 - Sunday July 6) marks its first year in Finsbury Park.
The big names
NB. Drake will no longer perform at Wireless due to illness. Kanye West will now headline on both Friday and Saturday.
Pity the poor team charged with assembling the rider for Friday’s headliner Kanye West. After the alleged excesses of his recent wedding (30 life-sized nudes made of marble, a golden toilet tower), he may well be feeling extra, extra demanding. Aside from King ’Ye, who performs his first post-‘Yeezus’ London show at Wireless, Friday’s bill is loaded with stars thanks to appearances from Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea and Tinie Tempah.
Permanently stuck between being fly and needing a cry, Canadian rapper Drake heads Saturday’s line-up, with support from Rudimental, Schoolboy Q and Azealia Banks, whose career as a human car-crash has gone from strength to strength since the release of ‘212’ way back in 2011.
Sunday’s official headliner is pint-sized soul poppet Bruno Mars, but, for us at least, the real draw is the first London show by Outkast since 2001. A whole generation has missed out on seeing Big Boi and André 3000 spit their gamechanging rhymes in the flesh, and their welcome return to touring this summer has seen hit-strewn sets galore.
Away from the main stage, two more sound systems will be brimming with upcoming talent. All-singing, all-dancing Canadian singer Kiesza plays late afternoon on Friday, while hook-laden D&B star Wilkinson might well make a dent in Drake’s crowd on Saturday when he headlines Stage 3. Less upcoming but still definitely ‘in effect’, Salt-N-Pepa make an early afternoon appearance on Sunday.
Where to meet for a pint
You could do worse than the Faltering Fullback on Perth Road – a huge, multi-roomed pub with a great garden, and just a short skip from the park.
Where to carry on afterwards
Probably your best (and closest) option is scuzzy-yet-buzzy venue The Silver Bullet, opposite Finsbury Park station, which stays open until 3.30am each night. Who knows, though, maybe Kanye’s booked Rowans Bowling Alley for a free afterparty – complete with carved marble bowling balls, of course.
What do residents think?
The recent Arctic Monkeys concerts seemed to go smoothly (with far fewer arrests than the Stone Roses gigs the year before), with many locals enjoying having a ‘free’ concert on their doorsteps.
Listen to our Wireless mixtape
Lots of booze, lots of bass and no loudmouth MCs – south London grime MC Novelist gives us the lowdown on how to throw a banging party
Indie rockers The Maccabees tell us how eavesdropping on conversations around London helped inspire album number four
Tom Furse of The Horrors is bewitched by the raw rock ’n’ roll of the original garage band
On her new album Lianne La Havas transforms from a breezy singer-songwriter into a full-blown, homegrown star. We get acquainted with Streatham’s finest
Euan Ferguson marvels at the unearthly sounds made by a band from five minutes down the road