Not only did I have a fantastic Thursday evening last week with Ally, it was followed by an absolutely amazing weekend at Wireless Festival! This was the first time I’d been to a festival and I have to say it is one of the best weekends I’ve had!
We had tickets for Saturday and Sunday (we couldn’t go all three days, but heard friday was really good too – some of Alex’s friends went), and although last week we heard Drake cancelled due to illness this didn’t affect how awesome our weekend was!
We got up saturday morning and went to Banner’s in Crouch End for breakfast. A nice hearty breakfast to start the day with enough energy to get us through with all the dancing, singing and cheering.
The funny moment of the morning/breakfast experience – Alex tried to try something new and ordered a Jamaican breakfast. It looked delicious…
But let’s just say, I know him too well! When it got brought out his face told it all even though he was trying to hide it. It had peppers, tomatoes and veggies mixed in with what I think was the ackee and I could just tell he didn’t want it. I started laughing…it was just too funny! …but obviously being so nice I traded half my breakfast 😀
We then walked to Finsbury park,and followed the crowds. It wasn’t too bad getting in on saturday, we got there just before 1.30pm which I think was perfect timing.
We spent most of saturday at the main stage as this is where the acts we preferred were – Obviously popping off for drinks and to use the toilets – this involved running sometimes to get back 😛 Alex actually had to go more than me too! Now he really can’t take the piss out of me for going a lot! But the urinals had a quicker queue meaning he was always waiting for me.
Drinks weren’t too expensive (£5 a pint of cider – this is what I mainly drank. Somersby is really nice!), and we bought little bottles of wine so we didn’t have to move later in the evening when we wanted to keep a good spot in the audience.
Saturday we watched B.O.B, a little Azealia Banks, Labrinth, Wiz Khalifa, Rudimental and Kanye West who took Drake’s place headlining – yes he did do a long speech on paparazzi and looking after his family. He got some booing but I think it was a mixed reaction. To be honest it was like an interlude speech, and wasn’t too bad, even a little funny at times. Overall Saturday line-up was pretty awesome! I really enjoyed most of the acts – B.o.B was amazing and during Rudimental John Newman came on too!
Yes it rained a bit – but it didn’t spoil the atmosphere!
Kanye West’s intriguing set up – he wore a strange metal looking mask over his face too!
Getting out took a pretty long time and we were all being directed the opposite direction to the way Alex and I needed to leave, but as we were walking home (Alex lives pretty close!) the journey home wasn’t too bad, it was actually quite funny!
We crashed saturday night. After getting in, changing, eating a little, we were soon sleeping preparing ourselves for the next day.
Sunday morning we had a lie in – much needed! We got up and had breakfast/lunch and started drinking earlier, also getting a few flavoured ciders for the walk there and sitting outside the festival entrance where many were picnicking for the third day.
Queueing was definitely more of a hassle sunday, so perhaps getting in a little earlier is a better shout. We managed to get in, grab a drink and head to the main stage to catch salt’n’pepa – nothing like some old school hiphop! They still know how to work the crowd and bust some moves. Obviously push it came on to…
We stayed around main stage (obviously with bar and toilet trips) for John Newman and J.Cole – Both amazing! – before heading to the pepsi max stage for Sean Paul. This was our first trip to the pepsi max stage that weekend, which was under a massive tent. At first I thought we would never get anywhere close, but as Clean Bandit finished people started filing out and we made our way in. It was pretty cool inside, if not a little hot due to being in a tent and it started getting a little smoky too.
We wanted to make it back to main stage for Outkast so didn’t quite stay to the end of Sean Paul, and heard as we were walking away that we were missing some of the best tunes 🙁 But he was pretty good!
At this point the queues for the toilets were quite ridiculous and Alex had to wait a while for me – Thanks! – But we still made it to almost the beginning of Outkast. They were so much fun, and although I don’t know all their music just the main tunes, I still really enjoyed it!
We waited around then at the main stage, already prepared with little wine bottles in my bag again from the bar so we didn’t lose a good spot.
Bruno Mars headlined sunday. To some him up = absolutely INCREDIBLE! He has MJ mannerisms sometimes, and really knows how to work the crowd. Straight from his first song he had the crowd going! I loved it – It might even be my most favourite act of the weekend!
A short clip of him singing – SO good live!
And the finale = WOW! Such an outstanding performance!
Bruno Mars finished at about 10 and Alex and I headed towards the exit for our walk home. Again the walk was so funny! And didn’t seem to take long which was good. We ordered pizza (Papa Johns is open late on a sunday too!) and drank so much water to be ok for Monday – but yes I really did struggle… the weekend took it out of me!
Overall Wireless was one of my best ever weekends! The perfect first festival experience and it was so much fun going with Alex. We’re already talking about next year… I’m hoping it’s in the same place too as apparently it’s so much better there to be able to get between the stages and bars, etc. It’s also perfect location for Alex and I – and I’m definitely booking the monday off for recovery!
I will be recommending this to everyone!