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Barclaycard Wireless 2012 Day Three with headliners Jessie J and Rihanna

| Festivals | 18/07/2012

Wireless Mud

The Final Chapter

The final day of Wireless Festival 2012 was more like a swamp than anything. The great British public should be commended for being brave, no matter rain or shine. The whole of Hyde Park had turned into a scene from the trenches, with mud absolutely everywhere, the green grass of yesteryear was a distant memory. This was truly a British summer.

Heading to Wireless for a second day in a row does take its toll on one’s body. However, its nothing that a full English breakfast and another cider can’t solve!
With another amazing line-up on the third day of Wireless, it was hard to imagine how much better the festival could get.  The queue to get in was again fairly slow this time round, causing us to get in around 3pm, missing LLoyd and Stoo$he. However, not to worry, we arrived in time for Latino-rapper Pitbull taking to the main stage. One thing to mention is that the grass had disappeared, turning Hyde Park into pure and utter mud.

Mud and Music?

Looking rather dapper in a black suit, Pitbull kicked off the main stage acts of the day  with a live band. Surprisingly he had quite a few songs , cheesy they may be, he had the crowd pumped from beginning to end. There was also an unexpected appearance from R&B crooner Ne-Yo for their duet single ‘Give Me Everything Tonight’. Although Pitbull may not be the most well-respected of musicians, or if he can even be called a musician. There is no denying that his tunes are catchy and you’ll soon find yourself singing along. “Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn…”

We need an earthquake up in here…

Following Pitbull’s performance, Labrinth took to the stage, showcasing British talent at its very best. He can rap, sing and play the guitar! He performed his hit singles including ‘Earthquake’ and ‘Express Yourself’. He finally ended with ‘Let the Sunshine’, ironically the sun came out, a truly magical moment.

Wireless Labrinth

As British singer Jessie J beckoned the stage, the sun came out once again. Truly magical. Jessie J’s vocal range is amazing and she goes against the lip-syncing divas of today. Her music is made to be sung live. She included a cover of Usher’s ‘Climax’ and the Luther Vandross classic ‘Never Too Much’ in her set. The Voice coach was a great headliner to support Rihanna.

We Found Love

Surprisingly headliner Rihanna was on time, but as Sunday night concerts in Hyde Park have a strict curfew of 22.30, she had to be. This was her second UK appearance in as many weeks. She had previously headlined the BBC Radio One Hackney Weekend. There were rumours in recent weeks that she would cancel her Wireless appearance due to the sudden death of her grandmother. But, ever the professional, she did not let down her UK fans.

As Rihanna came out, the rain began to pour, but that didn’t bother the crowd. She began with ‘Only Girl in the World’, which had all eyes and ears fixated on her. Her outfit this time round was less than demure, wearing a black bra-let, high waisted bum-bearing shorts and military boots, truly in festival style.

Wireless Rihanna

Wireless Rihanna 2

Rihanna showed that she can dance and sing at the same time, with no break between songs. Although she constantly asked “Patrick, I need some water!’. Poor guy. She finally ended with UK number one ‘We Found Love’, with fireworks being let off and tons of balloons emblazoned with a large ‘R’.


The only downer of the weekend was the lack of reception. With a combination of 65,000 people using their mobiles in such a small area, it was bound to happen. It made meeting up an ordeal at times, especially with so many people around. Maybe next year, the organisers could do something about this?


Wireless 2012 was a sold-out event and for good reason! The line-up was AMAZING! However they will top it next year, we’ll never know! All we can do is wait! Bring on next summer.

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