The biggest stars of urban music travelled from around the globe to play at Wireless at the weekend.
Birmingham’s virgin festival was a huge success as more than 60,000 people headed to Perry Park, near Great Barr, to see Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and others across three days.
More glam than Glastonbury, the festival was a chance for hip hop and r’n’b lovers to come out to play – and although the most cautious donned their wellies, the worst of the weather held off to make the weekend a real hit. Topping off the bill yesterday, Kim Kardashian’s husband, rapper Kanye West, appeared for the majority of his set in a full-face silver balaclava, in front of huge video screens, which relayed warped images of himself.
Despite a less-than-energetic show, his die-hard fans still lapped up hit after hit, including Jesus Walks and Clique. Other acts had the crowds dancing for the entire weekend – including Get Lucky star Pharrell Williams, who pulled a group of kids from the audience up on stage to enjoy the atmosphere with him.
The previous day, his partner in crime from huge smash-hit record Blurred Lines took to the BrumBrum stage. Robin Thicke got so worked up he leapt into the crowd towards the end of his act.
On Saturday soul superstar Bruno Mars belted out his biggest hits such as ‘Treasure’, ‘Billionaire’, ‘Grenade’ and ‘Just The Way You Are’ as he headlined the main stage. Ellie Goulding also appeared as the show headed into the evening, with the British singer dressed for festival partying in leggings and a gym bra. Other acts included British rapper Tinie Tempah.