The three-day event is running at Finsbury Park in north London this weekend, with Drake headlining Friday’s leg.
During grime MC Lethal Bizzle‘s set on Friday, a crowd congregated behind one of the entrance gates, attempting to force their way into the site.
With security guards trying to keep the gatecrashers out, one individual was filmed opened the locked gate, leading to a stampede of people rushing into the festival, several tripping in the commotion and one being tackled by security staff. Watch the video below.
“This was an isolated incident that was dealt with quickly where no-one was hurt,” a statement from the festival organisers reads.
“The perpetrators were removed on an otherwise hugely successful first day. Organisers of Wireless Festival take security very seriously and work closely with ShowSec Security, local police and other agencies to put procedures in place to ensure the event maintains an enjoyable and secure environment for all its customers.”
During his headline performance, Drake brought out London grime MC Skepta to perform ‘Shutdown’ during a hit-laden set.
The Toronto rapper was first due to headline Wireless in 2014 but was forced to pull out through illness. He returned to Finsbury Park in triumphant form however, paying tribute to the UK capital as his “second home”.
Opening with ‘Legend’ from his 2015 mixtape ‘if You’re Reading This Its Too Late’, Drake was in celebratory mood throughout the 90 minute set and reeled off fan favourites at a rate of knots. ‘Trophies’, ‘Headlines’ and ‘We Made It’ all coming in the first fifteen minutes.
Performing in front of a Union Jack backdrop, Drake gave recognition to his surroundings by talking in London slang “It’s a mad ting innit bruv?”) and asking what 50,000 people in Finsbury Park sounds like. “I’m not here to change your life,” he told the appreciative audience. “I just want to be a part of it.”
OVO affiliate Partynextdoor joined Drake on one song while iLoveMakonnen, dressed in a green and white polo shirt, performed ‘Tuesday’ with his new label boss.
However, the biggest reaction for a guest star was by far when Skepta came out. Drake wore a Boy Better Know T-Shirt throughout the gig and brought out the crew’s biggest name member to perform his single ‘Shutdown’. “Man’s never been in Finsbury when it’s shutdown,” said Drake as the song began, aping the beginning of the recorded version.
After the song ended, both Skepta and Drake paid tribute to Lukey Maxwell. Maxwell was stabbed and killed in June in an incident in London’s Northumberland Park.
Later in the set Drake slowed things down for a while, performing some of his more plaintive material (‘How Bout Now’, ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’) as well as an adapted version of ‘Find Your Love’, transformed into an R&B slow jam.
“I do a lot of festivals but this is my favourite crowd ever,” the rapper said at one point. “Whenever I’m away from home you make me feel at home.”
The set finished with a return to the opening track of the night, ‘Legend’, and it’s refrain of “If I die then I’m a motherfucking legend” before Drake could tell fans he plans to stay in London to record. “I’m going to stay here for two weeks and work on the album, ‘Views From The 6’. I don’t care about these singers or these rappers, I just care about you guys.”