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Sunday 22 October 2017

Wireless Festival holds minute’s silence for Grenfell Tower victims

North London artist Abra Cadabra led the commemoration at the city’s Finsbury Park during the last day of the annual event.

Abra Cadabra at the 21st Mobo Awards (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Abra Cadabra at the 21st Mobo Awards (Andrew Milligan/PA)

By Jack Hardy, Press Association

Thousands of music fans joined a minute’s silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire at Wireless Festival.

North London artist Abra Cadabra led the commemoration at the city’s Finsbury Park during the last day of the annual event.

Organisers advertised the mark of respect, which took place at 1.45pm, on large electronic signs to greet revellers as they entered.

The minute’s silence was also held in memory of young football fan Bradley Lowery, who died this week.

“You know what happened in west London in the fire, god bless everyone that passed away,” Abra Cadabra told the crowd at the Pepsi Max stage.

“The community came together, stick together and now we will stay together.”

He asked for brief applause for those killed.

Silence then fell over the usually raucous Pepsi Max stage – a tribute mirrored by thousands also gathered at the nearby main stage.

Wireless festival was rounding off its 2017 showing with a host of American talent, including hit-maker The Weeknd.

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