Faithless start the party at O2 Wireless
Faithless laid down the gauntlet to the raft of 'new rave' pretenders preparing to play on Saturday, performing a typically
raucous dance set on day two of O2 Wireless Festival.
With singer Maxi Jazz celebrating his birthday, Faithless
played a blinding set of classics on Friday night, including a smattering of new material, to the delight of thousands of
fans in Hyde Park.
Kicking off with rave anthem ‘Insomniac’, the dance collective played a greatest hits
set which included ‘Bring My Family Back’, ‘God Is A DJ’ and ‘Mass Destruction’ –
the latter complete with flashing images of Tony Blair.
Generating one of the best party atmospheres in the history
of O2 Wireless Festival, the crowd sung happy birthday to a humbled Maxi Jazz as the
band left the stage, before they returned and closed with ‘Salva Mea’.
Prior to Faithless’ trumphant
headline set, Mark Ronson wowed the crowd with cuts from his covers album ‘Version’, including
Kaiser Chiefs’ ‘Oh My God’ and The Zutons’ ‘Valerie’.
Alex Greenwald lent vocals on Radiohead classic ‘Just’ before singing his own song ‘California’. Ronson’s
funk outfit even had time for a cover of ‘Apache’ by The Shadows.
Other highlights from the second day at
O2 Wireless Festival included The Gotan Project, Kelis, Pharoah Monch and Just Jack.
taking to the stage on Saturday include ‘new ravers’ Klaxons, CSS and New Young Pony
Club, plus the mighty Daft Punk headlining the Main Stage.