The Yahoo! Wireless Festival has kicked off today from a balmy London (oxymoron?) with some of the most exciting musical performers on the planet. We're streaming the entire festival live all weekend with performances, interviews, behind-the-scenes looks and hilariously awkward chatter from our adorable UK hosts. So be sure to bookmark our video player page to watch it all weekend long.
Setting the bar high for the weekend, crooners John Legend, Miguel and Trey Songz had the ladies (and gents!) swooning, Ke$ha boosted the stock price for sequins and Snoop Dogg was being Snoop Dogg, i.e. the coolest person in the history of everything.
1. Conor Maynard's EDM medley
Our live stream began with British heartthrob Conor Maynard regaling the 40,000+ crowd at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (not sure if that is an accurate number, I'm just going by John Legend's estimate). The 20-year-old may get plenty of comparisons to Justin Bieber, being a young, baby-faced solo male singer who was plucked off Youtube, but he's more of a budding Justin Timberlake with club kid tendencies. And no buckets or bravado were in sight. Maynard flaunted his affinity for dance music with a medley of Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child" and followed by one of the summers' monster hits, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky".
2. X Factor UK alums Little Mix gave tribute to '90s/2000s girl groups
Although they may vaguely remember these song when they came out, the sassy band of sisters in song Little Mix vamped up the stage like cheeky little minxes to bring some straight up pop to the Yahoo! Wireless Festival. The group was formed exclusively for the 2011 season of The X Factor UK, and is just one of the latest successes to come out of the reality singing competition machine. The foursome gave tribute (and some serious face) to some girl group idols with a medley that included TLC's "No Scrubs", En Vogue's "Don't Let Go (Love)" and Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious".
3. John Legend covered the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel (also, I want to touch his face)
With talent up to his eyeballs, the funniest model on Twitter wearing his engagement ring and skin like Cupid's behind, John Legend can do no wrong in this world. The singer had the crowd swooning with a set of old and new hits, but hit the sweet spots with a sweltering cover of the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and a tear-jerking cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Get a closer look at his unbearably cute dimples at his Y! omg! UK interview backstage at the festival.
4. Miguel remained firm on the ground, showed his ridic D'Angelo muscles
Not everyone can appreciate this fleeting moment, but most of us should at least give props for some hard, hard work well done. Singer and amateur martial artist Miguel threw off the his fringed leather jacket and gave the audience a few peeks at what I very affectionately call his "D'Angelo muscles". The singer's v-shaped hip definition (no idea what the proper term is, nor do I care) had some of the biggest cheers at the festival thus far. The torso tease even earned him a good ol' fashioned festival flash in return, to which he courteously replied, "Did you just flash me? That's was dope, I really appreciate that up here." No Miguel, we appreciate you over here.
1. Snoop Dogg surprises crowd with Rita Ora as secret guest
Clad in the most amazing metallic coverall in an appropriately green hue, sultry UK singer and "It girl" Rita Ora joined Snoop Dogg on stage to sing the Snoop Lion joint "Torn Apart" that she is featured on. While Snoop Lion songs are perhaps not as crowd-pleasing as Snoop Dogg's, it was worth seeing Ora prance around in her metallic green with matching metallic heels and shades with Snoop and his trusty sidekick Nasty Dog.
BONUS: Snoop Dogg's awesomeness spreads faster than the flu
We can go on and on about how cool, hilarious, badass, sharp, talented, sweet, random and just overall incredible Snoop Dogg is. And I guess we just did, but Snoop seems to have hit a critical mass of awesomeness where everyone around him is automatically drawn into his orbit of awesome and thus become awesome too. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Just to demonstrate, we caught a few of our fave Snoop fans who definitely earned some extra coolness points:
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- Snoop Dogg
- John Legend
- Conor Maynard