ASAP Rocky and Chris Brown Give Energetic Wireless Festival Performances

ASAP Rocky and Chris Brown gave energetic headline performances during the opening day of Wireless Festival in London’s Crystal Palace Park.

The rap music festival takes place in three locations over two weekends in London and Birmingham.

American rapper ASAP Rocky, 33, took the stage in an all-black outfit for his exclusive UK festival appearance.

ASAP Rocky gave his first UK performance in six years at Wireless Festival in Crystal Palace Park on Friday (James Manning/PA)

Billed as Europe’s largest celebration of contemporary black music, the event kicked off on Friday and will end on 11 July.

Performances will take place at two London venues, Crystal Palace and Finsbury Park, and at the Birmingham NEC – where the festival returns for the first time since 2014.

ASAP Rocky’s performance marks his return to English soil for the first time in six years.

The rapper reportedly welcomed his first child with singer Rihanna in May.

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Chris Brown jumped the stage during his Wireless Festival performance on Friday (James Manning/PA)

American singer Brown, 33, performed for ASAP Rocky, taking the stage in a pink hoody and blue jeans, paired with a platinum buzz cut with a blue stripe.

Brown’s headline slot on Wireless marked his first UK festival appearance in over a decade.

Friday also featured performances by Australian rapper The Kid LAROI and American rapper Lil Uzi Vert – both of whom also gave exclusive shows at the UK festival.

As the festival continues, multi-award winning artist Dave will be joined by more hip-hop megastars from across the pond, including Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, ASAP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, J Cole and SZA.

J Cole will perform at Crystal Palace Park on Saturday, followed by Tyler, The Creator on Sunday.

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American rapper Lil Uzi Vert performing at Wireless Festival in Crystal Palace Park (James Manning/PA)

The following weekend, all eyes will be on Finsbury Park, where an historic all-female lineup of Cardi B, SZA and Nicki Minaj will take the stage.

The event will be SZA’s first European festival headline slot and its first UK appearance in four years.

That same weekend, Dave, who recently won the Brit Awards for best hip-hop/grime/rap, will headline Birmingham, followed by Cardi B on Saturday and J Cole on Sunday.

As part of a new partnership with BBC Radio 1Xtra, radio DJ Snoochie Shy also presented a set on Friday – the presenter, whose real name is Cheyenne Davide, has had her own show on the network since 2018.

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