Wireless Festival 2018: Festival holds one minute silence to remember 77 young victims of street violence

Wireless Festival fell silent for one minute to remember 77 young people who lost their lives on the streets of London this year.

The annual festival kicked off on Friday, July 6, with J Cole and Wiley headlining.

During Friday’s events, Dj Tim Westwood led tributes to the victims ofstreet violence, and called a minute’s silence.

He said: “It’s important to acknowledge that 77 people have lost their lives this year. That’s 77 people murdered on the streets of London."

J Cole headlining the main stage on day 1 of Wireless Festival (Getty Images)

Representatives from Project Future and Bruce Grove Youth Space then joined him on stage to pay their respects.

A crowd full of people then fell silent to pay tribute, while a video played out on screen with a message that read “It’s not your problem until it is,” before breaking into applause.

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Harringey Council, ahead of the event, said the minute’s silence was part of Festival Republic and Time to Stop’s campaign which “highlights violence and gives a voice to the youth of London.”

On the announcement of the plan, Festival Republic’s managing director Melvin Benn said: “The violence that is threatening our city needs to be spoken about, and it’s imperative that these killings stop.”

“If any other activity had killed more than 70 young people in London this year, the reasons would be at the top of the government’s agenda.

“That’s why we’re working together with Project Future, Bruce Grove Youth Space and Haringey.”

The first day of the festival also saw Big Sean, Wretch 32 and Post Malone play. Saturday’s set wil see Stormzy and Migos play.

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