What happened at New Look Wireless Festival 2015?

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What happened at New Look Wireless Festival 2015?

Over 70 acts, 135,000 festival-goers, countless selfies and special guest appearances made this year's festival one to remember.

Drake / Wireless10 - 28 June 15 - Main Stage

© Andrew Whitton

Kicking off with a special 10th birthday celebration, music lovers were treated to a pre-festival party with the likes of Drake, Rita Ora, Katy B and Chance the Rapper a week before.

And the main three-day festival in Finsbury Park, London, from 3 to 5 July was even more of a musical extravaganza...

Friday 3 July

It was SO hot on Friday. But we came prepared and were ready for the day ahead!

Drake returns!
Headlining the festival he was forced to pull out of last year due to illness, Canadian rapper Drake didn't disappoint as he performed hit after hit after hit on stage. Already having a good time, fans were left wondering if it could possibly get any better, and then he brought out Skepta... The crowd went CRAZY.

Drake / Wireless 2015 - 03 July 15

© Giles Smith


Fuse ODG
Does Fuse ever stop smiling? He was a definite highlight. With his energetic vibe and catchy songs, including Top 10 hit 'Antenna', everyone was dancing and singing along as he drew in crowds to the main stage.

Singer-songwriter Labrinth took to the stage for what was a fantastic set. The crowd went crazy for 'Earthquake' and so did we! From start to finish it was pure musical genius.

What did the celebs get up to?
Hanging out in VIP, the celebs indulged in a lot of Nando's! The popular food chain was on hand backstage with their food truck, the Cock o' Van, to feed artists before and after their performances. Headliner Drake didn't bother queuing up like the other celebs, as he had his own Nando's VIP treatment in his private area. Ooh! The Nando's stall was also visited by Twilight actor Taylor Lautner, model Jourdan Dunn and One Direction singer Niall Horan. TOWIE's Jessica Wright, Danielle Armstrong and Ferne McCann were having a right giggle together. And their co-star Vas J Morgan was also at the festival with Sarah-Jane Crawford. Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kendall Jenner was milling about backstage, while Tulisa and Joey Essex were other celeb spots.

Saturday 4 July:

We couldn't believe it, but Saturday was even HOTTER than Friday. We weren't complaining, mind you. It just made the day last longer!

Mary J Blige
Queen of R&B, Mary J Blige, took to the stage for a performance that was oh-so-fierce. Looking stunning in a red cut-out jumpsuit, Mary wowed the crowds with her hits and her powerhouse of a voice. From 'Family Affair' to her Disclosure collaboration 'F For You' and several tracks from her latest album, The London Sessions, Mary certainly knows how to get the party started. We also spotted The Saturday's Vanessa White getting her groove on to Mary's hits.

Kendrick Lamar
What a warm welcome Kendrick had on stage. When we say the crowd went crazy, we mean they went crazy. Word for word, lyric for lyric, each song was a crowd pleaser. 'King Kunta', 'Alright' and 'MAAD City' went down particularly well.

Kendrick Lamar performing at the New Look Wireless Festival - 4 July 2015.

© Richard Johnson

Kendrick Lamar

You know those festivals when it's just one big party? The music is good, the sun is still out and lights are flashing everywhere making you totally in the zone? Well, Avicii certainly delivered for his headline set in what was a brilliant way to end the day.

What else happened?
Krept and Konan most definitely pulled in one of the biggest crowds at the festival. The duo were performing at the Pepsi Max stage but it couldn't fit the amount of festival goers who wanted to watch them in action! Connor Maynard was in very good spirits after his set as he joined former X Factor contestant Luke Friend for a few drinks in the VIP section. We hear Brooklyn Beckham couldn't get enough of the hot food, and even missed Mary J Blige's performance for his Nando's fix, but we're sure he made Avicii's set, which he revealed he was really looking forward to seeing. Katie Piper was looking loved up with fiancé James Sutton as they went to get drinks at the bar.

Sunday 5 July

Unlike the other two days, Sunday did see a bit of rain, but luckily it cleared up really fast, and it was back to being warm again in no time at all.

Jessie J
She made a triumphant return to the stage just a day after being released from hospital following an operation, but Jessie was ever the professional as she sung her hits to her legion of fans. She dominated that stage from the beginning till the very end.

Willow and Jaden Smith
It was a special guest appearance from Will Smith's children, and their mum Jada Pinkett Smith was proudly watching them at the side of the stage. We had secretly hoped that Will would make a surprise appearance on stage, but hey, it was still good.

Nicki Minaj performing at the New Look Wireless Festival - 5 July 2015.

© Andrew Whitton

Nicki MInaj

Nicki Minaj
Twitter went crazy went it was revealed Nicki wouldn't arrive on time for her set. Okay, so she was two hours late due to travel complications out of her control, but organisers assured fans she was "speeding down the M1" to get on stage as soon as possible. Nicki came out just as David Guetta was performing 'Hey Mama', their recent collaboration. In a revealing outfit she then performed some of her favourites, including 'Anaconda' and 'Starships'. The noise in that crowd was INSANE.

Which celebs were there?
Taylor Lautner returned for more backstage action. Drake was back but not on stage this time around (obvs). He was hanging out with August Alsina, and Willow and Jaden Smith. Oh, and Brooklyn Beckham was hanging out with Will Smith's kids too - oh the life!

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