Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Deadmau5 Rock London's Wireless Festival
4:29 PM PDT 7/10/2012 by Georg Szalai, Kyleen James
The Barclaycard Wireless Festival brought out big, established music stars and a slew of up-and-coming names to London's Hyde Park over the first July weekend. Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, The Roots, Deadmau5 and many more entertained the fans on four stages. Here is THR's look at some of the acts that sizzled despite some typical British weather.
Jessie J has had a big year in Britain. She served as a coach on the first season of The Voice U.K. and earlier this summer performed at the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. She again gave it her all at the Wireless Festival in London's Hyde Park.
This year's festival featured a range of electronic music artists and DJs, including Afrojack, Kaskade and Deadmau5. Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris also brought his music and light show to Hyde Park. He has written and produced records for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rihanna and Kesha.
Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement and many more established and rising talents made lasting impressions at the Wireless Festival. One of the youngest was Cher Lloyd, who turns 19 at the end of the month and came in fourth during a recent season of the U.K. version of The X Factor and was the signed by Simon Cowell's Syco. With the success of singles like "Swagger Jagger" and "Want U Back," the Wireless Festival may not have been her last.
Nicki Minaj drew a crowd at the open-air music festival in London. But, as always, she also drew a lot of attention for reasons other than music. Some tweets and gossip columns in the British capital pointed out her latest set of extra-big underwear.
Rap fans at the eighth annual open-air music festival in London weren't disappointed either. Professor Green, born as Stephen Paul Manderson, added some of his attitude to the musical mix. He rose to success after winning the first-ever JumpOff MySpace battle rap tournament in 2008.
The Barclaycard Wireless Festival, highlights of which will air on official TV parner Viacom's MTV UK, was not just a place for music stars and regular fans. British model and TV personality Lisa Snowdon was among the festival goers, adding some star power to the crowd.
Labrinth provided guest vocals on Professor Green's debut album "Alive Till I'm Dead" in 2010. And just like Green, he played the Wireless Festival this year - with passion. Signed to Simon Cowell's Syco label, he was its first non-TV talent show signing in six years.
Rihanna headlined the final evening of the Wireless Festival, one night after a performance by Drake. With Chris Brown not scheduled to perform in London, there was opportunity for the latest rumors about Rihanna and Drake. But Rihanna seemed focused on entertaining her fans and sending them home happy.
Four stages meant that the open-air festival, organized by live events producer Live Nation, had something for every musical taste. Rita Ora fans, for one, had a chance to see the young British singer-songwriter. Her debut single "R.I.P" had topped the U.K. singles charts only in May.
With more than 160,000 attendees expected over the course of the weekend, the Wireless Festival once again was one of the biggest festivals on the year's music calendar. Some of the fans who came out also got to catch Tulisa Contostavlos, who donned an outfit as loud and playful as her performance.
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