Barclaycard presents British
Summer Time Hyde Park!
Report and photographs by Jo
OUR photographer, Jo Forrest, on Saturday, 9 July 2016, attended the amazing:- 'Barclaycard presents
British Summer Time Hyde Park.' This event might not have been in
Liverpool, but we could not help, but go, when we had the opportunity to attend.
This event, each year, gets bigger and bigger and sets a fantastically high
benchmark for all the other UK music events. Jo told us that the Thatters (Take
That fans) were so excited and had been queuing through the early hours of
Friday morning to secure a spot on the barrier for this fabulous day of pop!
Mancunian golden boys, 'Take That', took to the Great Oak Stage to
headline the 2nd Saturday, of the festival. The spectacular show began simply,
with a grand pianist and an opera singer performing Puccini's epic 'Nessun
Dorma'¯. As the final notes faded, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard
Donald burst onto the stage and launched into their Number 1 hit 'Shine'¯,
with the amazing production coming to life with confetti, pyrotechnics and
Midway through the set, ‘the boys’, broke into a medley of their
'Everything Changes'¯, 'It Only Takes A Minute'¯ and
'Could It Be Magic'¯. For the ultimate surprise, the band brought the
legendary Lulu for:- Relight My Fire'¯ to mark the 10th
Anniversary of the song, with all 4 of them galloping around the extended stage.
Sigma also joined the boys for a performance of
'Cry,' embellished with dancers dressed in white.
The Great Oak Stage featured standout performances from Ella Eyre and Olly Murs.
Ella Eyre's powerful vocals absolutely filled the park, as she switched between
numbers with a full band to stripped back tracks such as 'Even If'¯.
Olly Murs was next on the line up, emerging onto the stage to a Quentin
Tarantino style instrumental. His infectious energy instantly had the crowd up
on their feet, as he payed tribute to fellow BST headliner, Stevie Wonder, with 'Stevie
Knows'¯ and last year's headliner Chic. Ella Eyre reappeared
during this set to take the role of Demi Lovato for their rousing duet 'Up'¯.
The day was full of fantastic covers' as Ella Eyre played her version of
Jermaine Stewart's 'We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off'¯
(featured on her album Feline), while Olly Murs pulled off a cracking 70's funk
and soul medley including Wild Cherry and Chic. The Wanted's star turned
soloist, Nathan Sykes, delivered a stunning arrangement of Shawn Mendes' 'Stevie
Knows'¯ ; Jamie Lawson blew fans away with his rendition of
'Brown Eyed Girl'¯ and over on the Barclaycard Stage KStewart
smashed Rihanna's twerkalicious 'Work.'
The Barclaycard Stage also saw tremendous performances from Bright Light Bright
Light and Ekkah, while Casa Bacardi hosted DJ collective Horse Meat Disco and
the colourful quintet, The Cuban Brothers. Once again, The Summer Stage
attracted crowds for performances from Girl Friend, Jerry Williams and the
enigmatic Allie X who headlined the bandstand.
Ella Eyre and Olly Murs were both spotted in the crowd during the Take That
performance, while Adya Field (Robbie Williams' wife) was posting pictures of
the festival on social media. Keith Lemon (Leigh Francis), Chris Moyles and
Jason Donovan were also in attendance we later found out!
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