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Wireless 2013

Wireless 2013 had its biggest line up yet with its headlining acts being Jay Z and Justin Timberlake. If that was not enough other massive artists were performing at Stratford’s Olympic Park across the Friday to Sunday weekend including, Snoop Dogg, Tinie Tempah, Calvin Harris and Macklemore. The atmosphere was infectious and the huge site was crowded with festival goers. There was so much to do with five stages all hosting different artists from different musical genres. Only being there for a day I was sure not to waste time. I spent most of my time divided between the Pepsi Max stage and the Main Stage where the majority of major artists were performing. The first band I saw were Little Mix. Not having the best reputation what with their fan base being mainly screaming adolescent girls I was not sure what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Vocally, the girls were stunning. Their strong voices interlocked beautifully with each other as they harmonised their way through a forty minute set. They performed their main single releases including the number one single ‘Wings’ and ‘DNA’ which mirrored the records perfectly. They also sang a medley of iconic girl band hits from TLC, ‘No Scrubs’ to Destiny’s Child’s ‘Bootylicious’ which was a welcome surprise.

Following Little Mix, I watched John Legend, Miguel and Trey Songz perform their set list on the main stage. The artists were all vocally superb, however it was John Legend who came out on top, getting the crowds full attention through his more upbeat songs like ‘Who Did That To You?’ to his simply beautiful rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.

Post John it was time for Frank Ocean back on the Pepsi Max Stage. The tent was bursting at the seams and Frank completely captivated his audience from start to finish with the crowd singing each and every word of his songs. Personal highlights included ‘Forest Gump’, ‘Thinkin Bout You’ and my personal favourite,’ Pyramids’ in which Frank sounded better than the recorded versions. He sang with such ease in a raw yet powerful manner. His voice had a soothing effect so much so that there was no need for a massive show to accompany it.

The final act I saw was the one I had been awaiting, Justin Timberlake. With only the main stage now open everyone flocked to the area which was prepped for Justin and his Tennessee Kids’.

Joined by a full instrumental band and backing vocalists, Justin graced the stage opening with ‘My Love’ a true RnB classic and the crowd including myself chanted along to every word. In his two hour set Justin covered pretty much every single he has ever released from ‘Cry Me A River’ to one a personal  favourite, ‘Rock Your Body’. As his audience complied with the pace at which Justin set, the whole scene slowed when he performed a stunning acoustic version of ‘What Goes Around’. Not only did this present his incredible vocal range but it was refreshing to hear such a well-known track in a different way.  As well as all of his older classics Justin covered an abundance of singles from his new album, ‘The 20/20 Experience’. ‘That Girl’, ‘Pusher Love Girl’ and ‘Take Back The Night’ were excellently performed with Justin being backed by his soulful band. Out of so many amazing moments within the sets there are two major highlights. One of which was the performance of ‘Suit and Tie’ when Jay Z himself came out on stage to play his part in the song. This was only a glimpse of the pairs joint performance which was set to play on the Sunday evening. My other peak moment was the performance of the epic ‘Mirrors’. My favourite song by Justin did not disappoint. The grand brassy opening took my breath away and complimented Justin’s phenomenal vocal ability. Justin’s set did not falter one bit. Never have I seen an artist display such vigour and love for his job, and he finished off a perfect day. Bring on next year!

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