Wireless Festival heads to Birmingham: Up the Brummies!

Why Birmingham won't be the little sister of Wireless 2014

Ali Ryland on 23 June 2020

It’s the first year that Wireless Festival is to split in two, slithering up the M40 to nearby Birmingham and setting up new roots at Perry Park. This occurrence has, in festival history, brought unfortunate sneers from hipster tru-festies; Reading is oft believed to be superior to Leeds, touting its successful secret sets that have featured the likes of Green Day and Frank Turner, both of whom did not bother with the northern counterpart. But Leeds fans counter with their own secret set from Kaiser Chiefs, their longer headline sets for Pulp and Guns ‘n’ Roses, and their superior nightlife and DJs. While it is yet to be seen whether bands will also actively encourage a competitive riff between Wireless London and Wireless Birmingham, we’ve put together some reasons as to why championing underdog Birmingham is worth its while for bands and fans alike.

Brummy boy done good

Jacob Banks is from Birminham and plays Wireless Festival in Birmingham on Friday July 4 and London on Saturday July 5. The soulful hip hop artist is already renowned as the first unsigned act to ever appear on Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Banks is sure to be bigger and brummier than ever in his hometown; who needs the blinding London lights?

Get Birminghappy with Pharrell

Pharrell Williams is set to wind things down into a satisfied gloop at the end of Wireless Festival on the Sunday in the city, leaving Birmingham-goers set to go out on a super-happy high. In fact, one Birmingham has released its own ‘Birminghappy’ spoof - a cover of Happy that sees residents enjoying their local surroundings. It’s a shame the community-inspired video is not set in original Birmingham, but in Birmingham, Alabama. Still, it wouldn’t take much for Birmingham, UK, to follow suit in time for Wireless. The Alabama version features an impersonation of the Vulcan, a symbol of Birmingham’s iron and steel industry. Perhaps Birmingham UK should take a line out of their sister city’s book by featuring  Anthony Gormley’s Iron: Man within their own spoof. While it may be covered in bird droppings, rust and chip wrappers in true British chic, the statue is also a staunch symbol of the city’s industrial proletariat and ironworks heritage; a sight better than featuring egregious ego-project The Shard, the bane of train drivers.

Kanye West Midlands

West will follow on from Williams and close the Sunday night with his iconic showmanship and on-stage swagger. Can you imagine Kanye West out for a day in Birmingham? West is a man of style and sophistication; the fashionista who interned at top Italian luxury house Fendi is sure to be hanging around posh designer outlet the Mailbox, before his avid interest in fish will see him heading over to Birmingham’s Sealife.

West is also well known for having a large aquarium of his own, resplendent with coy, though he also likes his fish breaded and fried. Perhaps you could visit his aquarium if you sweetened the deal by bringing him his favourite seafood snack. However, those yet to buy tickets won’t be joining him, or Pharrell Williams, at Wireless Festival unless they head to Birmingham - the London date is, typically, sold out.

Jesus Christ Vegan Superstar

Saturday star and recent convert Ellie Goulding was having trouble keeping a vegan diet because she has a craving for cheese; London, with its middle-class predilection for Guardian-reader garden markets, costly health stores and quinoa quibbles, somewhat frowns upon the pursuit of extra cheesy vegan junk food. But Birmingham is different. Mr Singh's Vegetarian Pizza House in Handsworth Wood would cure her cravings with a deep pan margherita or tandoori ‘chicken’, with tons of vegan cheddar and mozzarella.

Pound Saver

Birmingham tickets are CHEAPER. At £160 for the weekend compared to London's £195 (both subject to a booking fee) and £62.50 for the day tickets compared to £65, it's clear who the winner is. With that possible saving of £35 on your Wireless weekend, why not treat yourself to some good food and drink on site. Bottoms up Birmingham!

Wireless Festival 2014 takes place between 4 -6 July in Perry Park, Birmingham and Hyde Park, London. Tickets are onsale now, apart from the Drake and Kanye West shows in London which are sold-out. They are priced as follows:

London: £65.00 ticket plus £6.50 fees.

London three day ticket: £195 ticket plus £15 booking fees.

Birmingham day tickets: £62.50 ticket plus £6.25 booking fees.

Birmingham three day tickets: £160 Ticket plus £12 booking fees.

Click here to buy Wireless London tickets.

Click here to buy Wireless Birmingham tickets.


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