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Kanye West to headline Wireless

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Kanye West won a Brit award at this year's ceremomy

Rapper Kanye West has been confirmed as the headline act for the Wireless Festival, which takes place in London's Hyde Park in July.

Organisers said the Gold Digger star, who is set to play Sunday, "will make this show undoubtedly one of the finest performances seen in Hyde Park".

Dizzee Rascal, The Streets, Paul Oakenfold and Basement Jaxx will also be performing at the two-day event.

Tickets for the event on 4-5 July go on sale on Friday from 0900 GMT.

Fellow rapper Jay-Z headlined the festival last year.

West, whose Glow In The Dark tour was acclaimed for its futuristic set design and groundbreaking light show, is due to hit the road again this summer in support of his 808s and Heartbreaks album.

He has collaborated with several influential artists for the new show, including Being John Malkovich filmmaker Spike Jonze and the Jim Henson Company.

"I like the challenge of having to win people over with a new concept," he said.

"My father (Ray West) was a salesman. And I saw him have to talk people into things and expose people to new ideas all the time.

"I like that. What's the point if you're not presenting something new to people, that people might not be ready for?"

It is not yet known whether the star's latest stage design will be ready for his Wireless show, but the festival has often featured set piece performances, including Daft Punk's appearance inside an enormous pyramid in 2007.



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