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O2 Wireless Festival: Jay-Z is final headline act (2008)

Jay-Z

Story by Jack Foley

HIP hop legend Jay-Z has been confirmed as the final headliner for this year’s O2 Wireless Festival on Thursday, July 3, 2008.

The hip-hop supremo, former CEO of Def-Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records, and seven Grammy award winning star will be joined on the star-studded bill by Mark Ronson and the Version Players, Hot Chip, Roisin Murphy and Hercules And The Love Affair.

Despite retiring following 2003’s The Black Album, Jay-Z returned in 2006 with Kingdom Come, yet another smash hit album.

Tickets go on pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday, April 9 and on general sale at 9am on Friday, April 11. They are also available at a special ‘Early Bird’ price of £40 for a limited period only (all tickets are subject to booking fee).

Mark Ronson appears fresh from collecting a Grammy for Best Producer, and is treating the Hyde Park show as a homecoming gig of sorts.

Hot Chip, meanwhile, were Mercury nominated for their album The Warning, while their dancefloor hit Over And Over was named Single of the Year by NME.

Colourful, flamboyant, Roisin Murphy has been at the epicentre of dance music since Moloko’s debut album, Do You Like My Tight Sweater in 1995.

Following the dissolution of the duo in 2004 (they have never officially split up), Roisin made her first debut long player, Ruby Blue. She had already appeared as a solo artist on selected tracks, including work with Hamdsome Boy Modelling School and Boris D’Lugosch.

Hercules and The Love Affair are one of the hotly tipped new acts of the moment.

Further acts for Thursday’s line-up will be announced soon…