Tragic victim: Teenager Trayvon Martin

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.

Britian Wireless Festival: Day 2

Jay-Z performs at the Wireless Festival 2013

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.


Acquitted: Killer George Zimmerman

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.


Q Tip (second-left) with A Tribe Called Quest

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.