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Published: 4 June 2009
Kanye West - at Wireless 2009
Kanye West - at Wireless 2009
It’s go West for festival

Hyde Park, July 4th and 5th

KANYE West must surely be one of the biggest rappers to ever play Hyde Park.
He’s a controversial producer, the son of a Black Panther, and has a list of accolades that would fill this page.

West has worked with and sampled everyone from Janet Jackson to Eartha Kitt and Jamie Foxx, and is currently involved in a war of words with Pink over his love of fur.
Now West, whose first hit record Through the Wire was inspired by a near-fatal car crash, is bringing his entourage to town to headline Hyde Park’s Wireless festival next month (July 4 and 5).
The beauty of this festival is the location. This kind of line-up would normally ­warrant a trek out to the 02 Arena, but who wants to do that on a sunny day? Hyde Park is practically on our doorstep, and you won’t need to worry about traffic when you want to go home.
So I imagine there’s going to be one huge party when West, Basement Jaxx, ­Alesha Dixon, The Streets, N-Dubz, Kelly Rowland and a whole load of other big names take over ­central London.
The weekend of electro and hip-hop acts – with the odd indie choice thrown in – will play out across four tents where the likes of Flo Rida, the Noisettes, Master Shortie, Frankmusic, Filthy Dukes, Kid Cudi, Skint and Demoralised, and Paul Oakenfold will hold court.
There are too many names to mention so here are the ones we’re hoping to catch: Tinchy Stryder, his first hit was with Camden’s grime supremos N-Dubz, who in turn will be making their UK festival debut; Dizzee Rascal, who’d have thought the man behind a hit named Bonkers would be capable of taking on Jeremy Paxman? Chipmunk, he’s young, he’s cheeky, and he’s smart – who wouldn’t want to see Chip Diddy Chip? Lady Sovereign, there’s always room for some chav chic; and The Streets. After his brave flu-ridden performance at the BBC Electric Proms, I’ve realised Mike Skinner is so much more entertaining live than he looks.
Don’t forget the Bella Union stage is back. The artist-run label has had a successful track record of uncovering true gems and this year’s line-up offers recognisable acts as well as the chance to witness the cutting-edge talents of the future. This year’s bill includes Fanfarlo, Banjo or Freakout, Low Anthem, Peter Broderick, Beth Jeans Houghton and My ­Latest Novel.
For Wireless gossip follow
Tickets and full line-up from www.wireless or call 0844 847 2502.
Single day tickets are £45 plus booking fee.
A newly added Weekend ticket is £80 plus booking fee.


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