Wireless Festival

The Wireless Festival is a rap music festival that takes place every year in London, England. It is owned and managed by Live Nation. While it started as primarily a rock and pop festival, in recent years it has focused on hip-hop and other urban music. Headline acts since 2010 have included Jay-Z, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Stormzy.

Wireless Festival

Main stage of the 2008 Wireless Festival
Genre Hip Hop
Dates
  • 5–7 July
  • 6–8 July
  • 3–5 July
Location(s) 2005–2012: Hyde Park, London
2006–07: Harewood House
2013: Olympic Park, London
2014: Perry Park, Birmingham
2014–2019: Finsbury Park
2021–present: Crystal Palace Park
Years active 2005–present
Founders Live Nation Entertainment
Most recent 10–12 September 2021
Next event 5–7 July 2022
Capacity 49,000
Organised by Live Nation
Sponsor Pepsi Max(Official Partner)
Website www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

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. Since 2015, the sponsor has been the fashion retailer New Look.

The capacity of the 2019 event was 49,000.[1] Adjacent festivals were held in Leeds in 2006 and 2007, as well as Birmingham in 2014. In 2017, Live Nation also established Wireless Germany, in Frankfurt.[2]

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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):[3]

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 to 25 June and on the bill were:[4]

The Harewood House festival ran from 24 to 25 June and tickets were £32.50 for the first day and £37.50 for the second. It featured:[5]

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