As news rapidly spread of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the case of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s murder, several American stars used their Wireless Festival appearances as a platform to express their support for those who are campaigning against the trial’s outcome.
Jay-Z began his set by saying ‘RIP Trayvon’, which was met with rapturous applause from the 50,000 crowd.
Nas also dedicated a song to the teenager, who was shot and killed while unarmed by a neighbourhood watch patrol officer.
Emotions ran high, as just hours before George Zimmerman had walked free from a Florida courtroom after being found not guilty of the fatal shooting of the unarmed teen.
Q Tip was less inclined to hold back, making an impassioned speech as his band A Tribe Called Quest took to the main stage;
Please pray for America. It’s a great country and it has a lot of great things, but there is a big, big void there.
I’m going to ask all of you over here [in the UK] to pray for us in America as we continue to lay down these motherfucking bullshit levees on our fucking youth.
We are losing our youth at an incredible rate, we need you to pray for us for real.
As UK protesters prepare to rally outside the US embassy in London, it looks as though the unrest at this verdict isn’t set to go anywhere soon.
Check out Wireless goers reaction to the stars tributes below.
The Trayvon Martin case sounds like America's Stephen Lawrence everyone on the wireless stage mentioned it…
— London_Patriot (@RuinSW2Massia) July 15, 2013
Couldn't tweet on my phone yesterday but #wireless was brilliant, particularly Tribe Called Quest. Q-Tip dedicated the set to Trayvon Martin
— Emily Wight (@emily_wight) July 15, 2013
Nas, A Tribe Called Quest and Jay Z all dedicated there performances to Trayvon Martin (God bless his sole). #wireless
— Kozan Edirhan (@Kozan_Edirhan) July 15, 2013
Q-Tip's Trayvon Martin speech was pretty ace as well #Wireless
— Lanre Bakare (@Lanre_Bakare) July 14, 2013
A lot of the artists dedicated their set to Trayvon Martin, including A tribe called quest who were my favourite of the whole day! #Wireless
— Rachael Fernandes (@rachfernandes) July 14, 2013
— Samantha (@SJuryDada) July 14, 2013