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O2 Wireless Festival
Wireless Festival
Main stage at 2008 O2 Wireless Festival.jpg
Main stage of the 2008 Wireless Festival
GenreAll genre
  • 5-7 July
  • 6-8 July
Location(s)2005-12 Hyde Park, London
2006-07 Harewood House
2013 Olympic Park, London
2014 Perry Park, Birmingham
2014-present Finsbury Park
Years active2005-present
FoundersLive Nation Entertainment
Most recent6-8 July 2018
Next event5-7 July 2019
Organised byLive Nation
SponsorNew Look (2015-)

The Wireless Festival is a music festival in England that takes place every year in London, took place at Harewood House, Leeds in 2006 and 2007, and took place in Perry Park, Birmingham in 2014. It is owned and managed by Live Nation.

From its inception in 2005 until 2008, the festival was sponsored by telecommunications company O2, and was called the O2 Wireless Festival. From 2009 to 2012, the main sponsor was Barclaycard and the festival renamed to Barclaycard Wireless Festival. For 2013, the sponsor changed to Yahoo!, and was renamed to Yahoo! Wireless. The 2014 Wireless Festival was held in Finsbury Park in North London for the first time, as well as Perry Park in Birmingham. The 2015 Wireless Festival took place at Finsbury Park and was sponsored by the fashion retailer New Look with an extra day added due to it being 10 years since the first event.



M.I.A. performing on the XFM stage in 2005

The first festival took place in June 2005 and was in Hyde Park only. Tickets were £35 a day. Some of the acts on the line-up were (headline acts in bold):[1]


Depeche Mode headlining the 2006 festival

In 2006, the festival played in both Hyde Park and Harewood House. Tickets were £37.51 per day.

The Hyde Park festival ran from 21-25 June and on the bill were:[2]

The Harewood House festival ran from 24-25 June and tickets were £32.50 for the first day and £37.50 for the second. It featured:[3]


The White Stripes headline 2007's festival

Tickets for both venues went on sale on 16 March 2007 and the festival took place between 14-17 June in Hyde Park, and 15-17 June at Harewood House. Tickets were £40 for one day, £75 for two, £105 for three or £135 for four days.

The acts for both Hyde Park and Harewood House were:[4]

The acts which performed the extra date in Hyde Park were:

For the first time, the Leeds festival offered camping facilities at the festival. Campers were allowed to stay on Lord Harewood's land for £25 for as many festival days as they wished. There were 3 stages this year, and the O2 Blueroom where only O2 customers were allowed to enter.


The 2008 O2 Wireless Festival spanned 4 days in Hyde Park, and was the last to carry the O2 sponsorship. An attempt to hold a parallel festival in Leeds similar to the Reading and Leeds Festivals arrangement was unsuccessful, and instead a variety of club nights featuring billed artists were held. Tickets were £45 per day.

Fatboy Slim on the main stage on Saturday 5 July

The line-up was as follows:[5]


Paul Oakenfold on Stage Two on Saturday 4 July

The 2009 festival was sponsored by Barclaycard and was cut from four to two days in Hyde Park. Tickets were £45 for one day or £80 for both. The line-up was as follows:[6]


Missy Elliott performance in Saturday, 3 July.

The 2010 Wireless Festival was increased to three days and took place from 2 July to 4 July 2010. Tickets were £47.50 for one day, £85 for two and £110 for three days. The line-up was as follows:[7]

The Sunday date sold out in record time, three weeks before the festival.[8]


The Black Eyed Peas headline the 2011 festival
Example on the Friday
Katy B on the Saturday

The 2011 Wireless Festival was held from Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July 2011. Tickets were £48.50 (Saturday/Sunday) or £49.50 (Friday) for one day, £92 for two and £130 for three days. The Black Eyed Peas headlined the Friday, The Chemical Brothers on the Saturday, and Pulp reformed after ten years to play the Sunday and other festivals in 2011. The Black Eyed Peas date had sold out by the end of June, while tickets for the other two days remained on sale until the festival.


The 2012 Wireless Festival was held from Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July. Tickets went on general sale on 18 November 2011, priced at £49.50 (Friday/Saturday) and £52.50 (Sunday), plus booking fee.[9] All tickets for the Rihanna day sold out by the end of March, a new record for the festival.[10]

The acts which played were:

Friday Saturday Sunday

Main Stage

The Roots
Maverick Sabre

Pepsi Max Stage
Knife Party
Feed Me
Childish Gambino

Barclaycard Unwind Stage
Jaguar Skills
Ms. Dynamite
Zeds Dead

Bandstand Stage
Pro Dot
Brave New Storm

Main Stage

Nicki Minaj
Wiz Khalifa
Professor Green
Rita Ora

Pepsi Max Stage
The Weeknd
Hilltop Hoods
Clement Marfo & The Frontline

Barclaycard Unwind Stage
Chiddy Bang
Dot Rotten
Lady Leshurr
KOAN Sound
Aluna George

Bandstand Stage
Mikill Pane
Krept & Konan
Josh Osho
Queen of Hearts
The Other Tribe
Bakery Boys

Main Stage

Jessie J
J. Cole
Rizzle Kicks
Cher Lloyd

Pepsi Max Stage
Calvin Harris
ASAP Rocky
Flux Pavilion

Barclaycard Unwind Stage
Far East Movement
Theophilus London
Doctor P
L Marshall
Steve Papa Edwards

Bandstand Stage
K Koke
Steve Papa Edwards
Cleo Sol


Justin Timberlake performing on Friday 12

The 2013 event was moved to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford after Live Nation pulled out of the tender for Hyde Park due to curfew issues.[11] The festival was held from Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July 2013, and tickets were priced at £57.50 for day tickets and £110 for two days, plus booking fees. The event was being sponsored by Yahoo!.

The line-up for the festival was:[12]


In February 2014 it was confirmed that Wireless Festival 2014 would be held at Finsbury Park, London and Perry Park, Birmingham. The event was held over the weekend of 4-6 July 2014, on three stages. London day tickets were priced at £71.50 while Birmingham day tickets were priced at £68.75.[13] Weekend tickets for London went on sale at £210 while Birmingham weekend tickets were set at £172. On 3 July, the day before the first day of the festival, it was widely reported that Drake had pulled out due to illness, (making it the second time he had pulled out of a Wireless Festival). This was confirmed on the festival's social media sites and organisers announced that Kanye West would play instead of Drake in London, and Rudimental (who had been the support for Drake) would headline the Saturday in Birmingham with a special extended set featuring very special guests. The organisers also offered those attending on Saturday in Birmingham £20 of "Wireless Credit" which was redeemable against any concessions, merchandise stands and funfair attractions at the event.




On 31 January 2015 it was confirmed that the festival would be held in Finsbury Park between 3 and 5 July. The lineup was confirmed via the festival's Twitter page, with confirmation that Drake would return to the festival following his cancellation in 2014. It was also revealed that David Guetta and Nicki Minaj would perform as co-headliners on the Sunday, and that Avicii and Kendrick Lamar would be co-headlining on Saturday. As it's the festival's tenth birthday, there will be a special 'birthday' event on Sunday 28 June. Since the lineup was announced, several artists have had to cancel their appearance. In early June, Big Sean removed the Wireless appearance from his tour's website and he no longer appeared on the Wireless website's lineup. Around the same time, Boy Better Know were added to the Wireless 10 event. On 14 June, Stromae had to cancel his Wireless appearance amongst other summer dates, after suffering a reaction to anti-malaria drugs whilst on his tour of Sub-Saharan Africa. Someome tweeted a day later to say she would also be cancelling a number of summer dates, including Wireless, due to having to undergo vocal chord surgery. The Friday sold out by the end of April, whilst the other three dates remained on sale until the festival.

Clean Bandit
16:25 - 17:10
Main Stage
Sunday 28 June Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July

20:20 - 21:50
Rita Ora
18:45 - 19:35
Chance the Rapper
17:25 - 18:15
Katy B
16:10 - 17:00
Kid Ink
15:00 - 15:45
14:10 - 14:35
Disturbing London X DJ Charlesy Present: Sneakbo, Yungen, J Hus, Bugzy Malone and Section Boyz
13:00 - 13:40

20:50 - 22:20
ASAP Rocky
19:05 - 20:05
Major Lazer
17:35 - 18:35
16:20 - 17:05
Joey Badass
15:20 - 16:00
Fuse ODG
14:25 - 15:00
Maverick Sabre
13:30 - 14:05

21:10 - 22:25
Kendrick Lamar
19:20 - 20:35
Childish Gambino
18:00 - 18:45
Gorgon City
16:55 - 17:35
Mary J Blige
15:45 - 16:30
14:50 - 15:20
Raleigh Ritchie
14:05 - 14:30
Conor Maynard
13:20 - 13:45

David Guetta + Nicki Minaj
20:40 - 22:00
Jessie J
17:40 - 18:25
August Alsina
15:20 - 16:00
Charli XCX
14:20 - 14:55
Wretch 32
13:30 - 14:00

Stage 2/Pepsi Max Arena
Sunday 28 June Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July

Public Enemy
19:20 - 20:10
Boy Better Know
18:25 - 18:55
Black Star
17:20 - 18:05
Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
16:10 - 17:00
De La Soul
15:25 - 15:50
Jhene Aiko
14:30 - 15:05
13:45 - 14:10
Bishop Nehru
13:00 - 13:25

19:35 - 20:35
Duke Dumont
18:05 - 19:05
16:55 - 17:40
Krept and Konan
15:50 - 16:30
15:00 - 15:30
14:15 - 14:40
Vince Staples
13:30 - 13:55

Knife Party
19:50 - 20:50
18:25 - 19:20
DJ Mustard
17:15 - 18:00
16:20 - 16:50
Robin Schulz
15:10 - 15:55
14:20 - 14:50
13:30 - 14:00

Grandmaster Flash
19:20 - 20:20
Rae Sremmurd
18:15 - 18:55
Pusha T
17:10 - 17:50
16:10 - 16:50
Arrested Development
15:10 - 15:50
14:15 - 14:45
Kiko Bun
13:30 - 13:55

Capital Xtra Presents Re:Wired Arena
Sunday 28 June
No Stage
Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July

Lethal Bizzle
20:10 - 20:40
19:15 - 19:45
Travis Scott
18:20 - 18:50
Ms. Dynamite
17:25 - 17:55
Collie Buddz
16:30 - 17:00
Little Simz
15:40 - 16:10
OCD: Moosh & Twist
14:50 - 15:20
Melissa Steel
14:10 - 14:30
Jermain Jackman
13:30 - 13:50

Kurupt FM
20:20 - 20:50
19:25 - 19:55
18:30 - 19:00
Sinead Harnett
17:35 - 18:05
Bad Rabbits
16:40 - 17:10
15:50 - 16:20
Etta Bond
15:00 - 15:30
Nick Brewer
14:15 - 14:40
Ady Suleiman
13:30 - 13:55

George the Poet
20:00 - 20:30
19:05 - 19:35
18:10 - 18:40
Jaden Smith & Willow Smith
17:15 - 17:45
Tove Styrke
16:20 - 16:50
Jacob Plant
15:25 - 15:55
14:35 - 15:05
Samm Henshaw
13:45 - 14:15


Wireless Festival 2016 was held on the weekend of 8-10 July at Finsbury Park. The lineup was announced on 9 March, with conformation that Calvin Harris would be Headlining Friday, Chase & Status & J. Cole co-headling Saturday and Kygo & Boy Better Know co-headlining Sunday. Tickets were on sale 2 Days Later. On 16 March, Dua Lipa was announced for Friday. 3 days later Lady Leshurr was announced for Saturday. On 11 May, Wizkid and 99 Souls were announced for Friday, Natalie La Rose, Angel, Shakka, Rude Kid, KStewart, The Manor, Jorja Smith, and A2 were announced for Saturday, Fergie, Big Sean, Metro Boomin, Jay Sean, Ghetts, Thomas Jack, Fekky, Elf Kid, Sonny Digital and Father were announced for Sunday. On the same day, Lady Leshurr was moved to Friday. On 21 May Kyla was announced for Saturday. Wizkid had pulled out due to Visa Problems.


Wireless Festival 2017 was held on the weekend of 7-9 July at Finsbury Park. The lineup was announced on 23 February, with conformation that Chance The Rapper would be headlining Friday, Skepta would be headlining Saturday and The Weeknd would be headlining Sunday. Tickets were on sale on the same day. On 28 March, Fetty Wap and Geko were announced for Friday, Travis Scott was announced for Saturday, Bugzy Malone and Kojo Funds were announced for Sunday. On the same day, Cadet was moved from Sunday to Saturday. On 30 June, AJ Tracey was announced for Friday. Lil Uzi Vert was also part of the lineup, but had pulled out, due to continued exhaustion. He has been replaced by Pusha T. Wiley was also part of the lineup, but had also pulled out, due to delays with his travel plan. He has been replaced by Lethal Bizzle.

Line Up
Friday Saturday Sunday

Chance The Rapper
Bryson Tiller
Fetty Wap
Zara Larsson
Post Malone
Flatbush Zombies
Lil Dicky
Big Narstie
AJ Tracey
Nef the Pharaoh

Travis Scott
Rae Sremmurd
Young Thug
Sean Paul
Lil Yachty
Lethal Bizzle
Section Boyz
Jez Dior
The Age Of L.U.N.A
Big Tobz
Young T & Bugsey

The Weeknd
Tory Lanez
Ty Dolla Sign
Pusha T
Bugzy Malone
Hilltop Hoods
Mike Skinner & Murkage Presnent Tonga
Stefflon Don
AJ x Deno
Kojo Funds
Abra Cadabra
Topaz Jones


Wireless festival was held on 6-8 July at Finsbury Park. The line up was announced 22 January with confirmation that J. Cole will be headlining the Friday, Stormzy the Saturday and DJ Khaled with others the Sunday, The Festival was fully sold out within a day. On 9 April Cardi B announced her pregnancy, therefore at the same time, she pulled out. 3 days later Raye, Russ, Suspect, Big Shaq, Sneakbo, Davido, Ms Banks, Majid Jordan and Last Night In Paris were added to the line up. On 14 May, AJ x Deno, EO, M Huncho, Just Banco, Big Heath, Romzy and Yung Fume were added to the line up. On 3 July, J Hus pulled out, due to legal issues. Fredo also pulled out due to unforeseen circumstances. On the same day, Krept & Konan, Chip, Avelino, D-Block Europe and Ambush were added to the line up. On 5 July, MoStack got moved from Saturday to Friday. On the same day Trippie Redd had pulled out, due to unforeseen circumstances. On the day that DJ Khaled was meant to be headlining, It was announced he had pulled out due to travel Issues. He was replaced by a surprise guest, who turned out to be Drake.

Line Up
Friday Saturday Sunday

J. Cole
Post Malone
Big Sean
Wretch 32
Kojo Funds
Belly Squad
Just Banco
Big Heath
AJ x Deno

J Hus (cancelled)
Krept & Konan
French Montana
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Majid Jordan
Big Shaq
Hardy Caprio
Fredo (cancelled)
Ms Banks
Last Night In Paris
M Huncho
Yung Fume
D-Block Europe

DJ Khaled and Friends (cancelled) Drake (unannounced)
Rae Sremmurd
Lil Uzi Vert
Cardi B (cancelled)
Rick Ross
Playboi Carti
Lil Pump
Ski Mask the Slump God
Trippie Redd (cancelled)
Lisa Mercedez


The Wireless Festival will be held on 5-7 July

Line Up
Friday Saturday Sunday





Years Name of Sponsor Organised by Notes Location Date
2005-08 O2 Live Nation as O2 Wireless Festival Hyde Park, London 5-7 July
2009-12 Barclaycard as Barclaycard Wireless
2013-14 Yahoo! Olympic Park (2013)
Perry Park (2014)
2015- New Look Since 2015 Finsbury Park

See also


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2] Archived April 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [3] Archived April 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [4] Archived April 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "O2 Wireless Festival 2008::line-up". 2008.wirelessfestival.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved .
  6. ^ [5] Archived January 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ [6] Archived December 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "JAY-Z at Wireless sponsored by Barclaycard - now sold out!". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Rihanna Barclaycard Wireless Festival 2012 tickets on sale Archived 2014-11-10 at the Wayback Machine, Virtual Festivals.
  10. ^ More acts announced across the weekend, Wireless Festival official site. Archived March 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved .CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Line up 2018". Wireless Festival. 29 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Tickets". Wireless Festival. 6 April 2016.

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