THE FINAL day of Wireless Connect was HUGE. Across three days, the festival has been the virtual home of the biggest and best rap, grime, hip hop and R&B from the UK and US, and it certainly went out in style.
Fans joining in from home have been stunned by last night’s sets from Skepta, Migos, No Merci, IAMDDB, Young Thug, Trippie Red, 24KGolden, Iann Dior, Ray BLK and so many other incredible acts.
Music fans also had behind the scenes access to unseen footage and interviews – hosted by the amazing Yinka Bokinni in MelodyVR’s state-of-the-art studio in the historic Alexandra Palace.
There was no better way to spend a Sunday than re-living grime pioneer Skepta’s surprise appearance at Wireless 2019. “And if I ain’t the headline, then I must be the special guest,” he joked, before going into ‘Praise The Lord (Da Shine)’, ‘It Ain’t Safe’ and ‘What Do You Mean?’; all met with euphoric screams of the crowd.
He spoke to the thousands of fans, “Man’s played Wireless a few times. You know we had to come and… Shut it down”, sending the crowd even more frenzied before ploughing into ‘Shutdown’.
Another incredible throwback to 2019 came from Atlanta trio Migos. The US rap heavyweights Offset, Quavo and Takeoff played to a sold out Finsbury Park, with a massive 16-song offering including ‘Motorsport’ and ‘Bad and Boujee’.
Also hailing from Atlanta, Young Thug’s Wireless set was packed with raw energy , with a particular highlight being the Juice WRLD guest slot for chart topper ‘Lucid Dreams’.
Wireless Connect gave fans at home a big Sunday helping of US stars, including an immense set from American rapper, singer, and songwriter Trippie Redd.
California-born rapper and singer 24k Golden floored us with his major hit ‘City of Angels’ from the LA studio, later joined by Texas-raised rapper iann Dior to perform ‘Mood’, a track from his new upcoming album.
Dior rocked out for his own set, with a mix of wall-to-wall hits that packed a hefty punch.
No Merci returned for their second set at Wireless Connect, this time presenting DJ Maximum & Friends on the decks with a huge mix of talent including the young, energetic rap rockstar Master Peace.
The grime MC Paul Stephen brought new energy to the Ally Pally stage. Closing the set was legendary French-born, south-east London-raised rapper Octavian.
Speaking to the fans at home, he said,“Big up Wireless Connect – and big up Black Lives Matter.”
One of Manchester’s hottest exports IAMDDB served up a blend of hip hop, jazz and trap, and slowed it down for ‘all the lovers at home’ with ‘Quarantine’. She told Wireless Connect she is all about “just vibing and really connecting with the audience” for her first ever virtual show.
Lewisham singer Ray BLK, who’s known for her introspective and sociopolitical lyrics, gave a powerful freestyle dedicated to Black Lives Matter.
Her beautiful set featured a debut of the new track ‘Lovesick’ along with some of her classics ‘Action’ and ‘Chill Out’ before ending with ‘My Hood’ – the anthem dedicated to her ‘Londoners’, with BLK saying she could “feel the vibes from home.”
The final day of Wireless Connect included stirring sets from Big Narstie, Sheck Wes, Digga D, M1ILLONZ, MAXO KREAM, D Double E & Asher D, Miraa May, GUAPDAD 4000, Lady Leshurr, Donae’o, Knucks, NITO NB, Suspect, Shaybo, The Underachievers, Jahmed and Kaniva.
Wireless Connect has been totally free to experience, with viewers encouraged to make a donation to Black Lives Matter via Crowdfunder. Across the three-day event, many artists chose to acknowledge Black Lives Matter in their own personal way.
This weekend was an energetic, wildly entertaining and incredibly ambitious world-first from an incredible collection of UK and US artists, Wireless Connect and MelodyVR, which was only possible because of the support of the fans at home.
Exclusive performances were filmed this month at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace and MelodyVR’s state-of-the-art safe LA studio.
Wireless Festival would like to remind everyone to stay safe and alert, social distance and follow Government safety guidelines.