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Saturday 13 July 2024

Unforgettable Moments at BST Hyde Park: Stevie Nicks and Harry Styles Live

Stevie Nicks
Hyde Park

To put it lightly, last night at BST Hyde Park was nothing short of magical. Like many, seeing Stevie Nicks perform was a bucket list event for me, so finally getting to see her was a dream come true and the night was a true testament to the enduring power and charisma of the legendary performer. The atmosphere was electric, filled with a sense of history and excitement that only intensified as the evening progressed. The fully female lineup for the day added an extra layer of significance and empowerment to the event which will go down in the memory of so many.

The day kicked off for me with the vibrant Catty on the Rainbow Stage. Her energy was infectious, and her vocals were stunningly strong. Each note she sang was filled with emotion, showcasing her undeniable talent. It's clear that this is just the beginning of an incredible career for her. I feel lucky to have witnessed her early steps and can't wait to see where she goes next.

Nina Nesbitt followed with a lovely set that provided a beautiful contrast to some of the other artists. Her performance showcased her as a talented singer-songwriter with a unique voice. Her heartfelt lyrics and soothing melodies were a delight to watch, and her songs added a perfect touch to the day's lineup.

As a longtime fan of Brandi Carlile, seeing her on the Great Oak Stage was another dream come true. I have to admit, I shed a tear. Her performance was nothing short of astounding, making her the perfect opener for Stevie. Hearing 'The Joke' and 'The Story' live was everything I hoped for and more. Her raspy, powerful vocals and brilliant audience interaction were captivating. Closing her set with 'We Are the Champions' in honour of the upcoming Euros final was a wonderful choice that had the audience fully on her side. From what I could hear around me, Brandi gained a lot of new fans through her performance!

And then, the moment we had all been waiting for: Stevie Nicks. From the moment she stepped on stage, the crowd was enraptured. Surrounded by fans united by their love for Stevie, there was an overwhelming sense of community and shared joy. Many, myself included, had made the effort to emulate Stevie's iconic style, with flowing shawls and layered jewellry. The lady next to me even had a ribbon-laden tambourine, a tribute to Stevie's signature accessory. As Stevie took the stage, the crowd was filled with sniffles and tears, a testament to the profound impact she has had on all of us. This was more than just a concert; it was a momentous event that celebrated the enduring magic of Stevie Nicks. The joy of music and the connection we all felt to her and to each other made it a night to remember, filled with heartfelt emotion and a sense of belonging.

Her setlist was a perfect mix of classics and deeper cuts, taking us on a journey through her incredible career. Starting with 'Outside the Rain', she immediately set the tone for an unforgettable night. 'Dreams' and 'If Anyone Falls' followed, showcasing her timeless voice that remains as strong and evocative as ever.

'Gypsy' and 'The Edge of Seventeen' were delivered with the kind of passion that only Stevie can bring. As she performed 'Bella Donna' and 'Gold Dust Woman,' the graphics on the screen behind her added a hypnotic visual element to the show, perfectly complementing the music and enhancing the overall experience.

Stevie's anecdotes between songs were like little gifts to the audience. Her Joan Didion-esque meandering Hollywood stories were fascinating; I could have listened to her regale us for hours. The way she spoke about her various shawls was delightful, adding a charming personal touch to the performance. It was evident she was thoroughly enjoying playing Hyde Park, and her joy was contagious.

A special highlight was when her vocal coach, Steve Real joined her for a song. It added an intimate and unique touch to the performance, showcasing Stevie's generosity and appreciation for her team. As she moved into 'Rhiannon,' the crowd sang along, united in their love for the music and the moment.

The night reached an unforgettable climax when Harry Styles joined Stevie on stage for the final two songs. As a huge Harry fan, I'd heard rumours he might be there, but nothing could prepare me for the sheer emotion of the moment when he appeared to sing 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.' Seeing him perform with Stevie on what would have been Christine McVie's 81st birthday was surreal; their rendition of 'Landslide,' accompanied by a beautiful slideshow of photos, was moving beyond words.

This concert was everything you could ask for and more. Stevie's voice is still incredibly strong, and her stage presence is unmatched. The graphics and visuals throughout the show were stunning, adding an extra layer of magic to the performance. I'm honoured to have witnessed such an icon perform in such an iconic setting. The memories of this night, especially that magical moment with Harry Styles, will stay with me forever. If you ever get the chance to see Stevie Nicks live, don't hesitate. It's an experience you'll treasure for a lifetime.

Reviewed on Friday 12th July 2024 by Olivia Mitchell
Photo Credit: Anthony Pham & Olivia Mitchell

Unforgettable Moments at BST Hyde Park: Stevie Nicks and Harry Styles Live

Saturday 13 July 2024

Monday 8 July 2024

Concert Review: Shania Twain Wows Hyde Park with Iconic Hits and Audience Sing-Alongs

Shania Twain
BST Hyde Park

Closing out the second weekend of BST, Shania Twain looked unreal as she brought excellent, boot-stomping vibes and created an evening that was an absolute blast! Despite battling a cold, Shania still managed to put on a show that had everyone living their best lives. In perhaps an attempt to save her voice, Shania often encouraged the audience to take control so we really put our school assembly singing skills to good use whenever she passed the mic to the audience. It was like a giant, joyous karaoke session under the evening sky. 

The fun graphics and visuals were another highlight, becoming even more effective as the sun set. It was the perfect backdrop for Shania's performance, creating a magical atmosphere that added to the excitement. Between songs, she chatted with the audience, sharing stories and warming herself to everyone. It felt like we were all just hanging out with an old friend. I really enjoyed her clever segues into each song, and she took moments to look out at the crowd and soak it all in which was lovely to witness.

Shania’s setlist was packed with hits. She kicked off with 'Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)' which was perhaps not the best opener as a lot of the audience didn't seem familiar with it but things soon stepped up and over 17 songs, there was definitely something for everyone. Her performance of 'That Don’t Impress Me Much' was a nostalgic trip that had everyone singing at the top of their lungs and of course the iconic  'Man! I Feel Like a Woman!' was a true stand out moment. Despite her cold, Shania’s energy was infectious, and she gave a performance that seemed to enchant the audience, whether it was their first time seeing her, of whether they'd caught her before during her illustrious career. 'You're Still the One' had the entire park swaying, and 'Waking Up Dreaming' was a touching highlight that showcased her still-strong vocals. Donning her cowboy hat, Hyde Park embodied the spirit of country with renditions of 'Giddy Up' and 'Who's Bed Have Your Boots Been Under', with boot-scooting and toe tapping galore. Shania told us how she really feels that were in a country music renaissance and after this performance and Morgan Wallen earlier in the week, I certainly agree!

One of the most endearing parts of the night was how Shania interacted with us. She spoke candidly between songs, sharing personal anecdotes and making the massive 50,000 person strong crowd feel like an intimate gathering. Her warmth and charisma shone through, making her performance feel genuine and heartfelt.

Before Shania took the stage, I had the pleasure of catching Nell Mescal on the Rainbow Stage. Nell was simply wonderful, delivering a selection of her own music, including some beautiful pieces from her recent EP. Her stage presence was warm and charming, and her vocals were pin sharp! They mixed delicate emotion with a powerful belt that left me eagerly anticipating her rise to stardom. She’s definitely one to watch.

Later in the day, Anne Marie and The Corrs opened on the main Great Oak Stage, and they did not disappoint. Anne Marie, with her string of bangers, got everyone hyped up with her infectious pop vibes. The Corrs brought a different style, full of emotional depth and musical brilliance. Their set was particularly moving; you could see how astounded they were by the audience’s reaction. It was a lovely, memorable moment that added a special touch to the day.

All in all, Hyde Park was alive with incredible music and unforgettable performances. Shania truly shone and made sure we all had the time of our lives. Her show was a testament to her enduring talent and connection with her fans. I was impressed much!

Reviewed on Sunday 7th July by Olivia Mitchell
Photo Credit: Dave Hogan 

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Concert Review: Shania Twain Wows Hyde Park with Iconic Hits and Audience Sing-Alongs

Monday 8 July 2024

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Experience the Magic of Live Music at the BST Hyde Park Festival 2024

As summer approaches, London gears up for one of its most anticipated events of the year—the BST Hyde Park festival. Known for its incredible line-up of artists, electrifying atmosphere, and stunning location, BST Hyde Park 2024 promises to be a festival to remember. Whether you're a seasoned festival-goer or a first-timer, here's everything you need to know to make the most of this spectacular event.
A Star-Studded Line-Up

BST Hyde Park is renowned for attracting some of the biggest names in music, and this year is no exception. Headliners for the 2024 festival include legendary acts like Stevie Nicks, Andrea Boccelli, and Robbie Williams. These iconic performers will be joined by a diverse range of artists, from emerging talents to established stars, ensuring a rich and varied musical experience. Each day of the festival will feature a different headliner, giving attendees a unique concert experience every time.

More Than Just Music

While the music is undoubtedly the main attraction, BST Hyde Park offers much more than just live performances. The festival is set in the heart of one of London's most beautiful parks, providing a picturesque backdrop for the event. Festival-goers can enjoy gourmet food stalls, craft beer stands, and artisan vendors, making it a feast for the senses. Additionally, the festival features various themed areas, chill-out zones, and even family-friendly activities, ensuring there's something for everyone.
Sustainability and Community

BST Hyde Park is committed to sustainability and community engagement. This year, the festival organisers have implemented several eco-friendly initiatives, including a comprehensive recycling program, eco-friendly food packaging, and initiatives to reduce plastic use. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles, which can be refilled at water stations throughout the venue. The festival also supports local charities and community projects, reinforcing its role as a positive force within the local area.

Tips for a Great Festival Experience

Plan Ahead: With so much to see and do, planning your schedule can help you make the most of your time at the festival. Check the official BST Hyde Park website/app for set times, site maps, and other essential information.

Stay Comfortable: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and be prepared for all weather conditions. Hyde Park's open space can be unpredictable, so packing a lightweight poncho and sunscreen is a smart move.

Stay Hydrated and Nourished: With all the excitement, it's easy to forget to eat and drink. Make sure to stay hydrated and take advantage of the diverse food options available to keep your energy levels up.

Travel Smart: Public transport is the easiest way to get to and from Hyde Park. Plan your route in advance and consider staying nearby if you want to fully immerse yourself in the festival experience.

Respect the Park: Hyde Park is a historic and beautiful space. Respect the environment by disposing of your rubbish responsibly and following the festival's sustainability guidelines.

BST Hyde Park 2024 is set to be an unforgettable celebration of music, community, and summer fun. With its exceptional line-up, beautiful setting, and commitment to sustainability, it’s no wonder that this festival has become a highlight of London’s summer calendar. Grab your tickets, gather your friends, and get ready to make some incredible memories at BST Hyde Park!

For the latest updates, ticket information, and detailed schedules, be sure to visit the official BST Hyde Park website.

See you in the park!

photo credit: Jennifer McCord

Experience the Magic of Live Music at the BST Hyde Park Festival 2024

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Friday 17 November 2023

Sammy Rae and the Friends at the Hammersmith Apollo Review: A Theatrical, Musical Masterclass

Sammy Rae and the Friends
Hammersmith Apollo 

Sammy Rae and the Friends took over the Eventim Apollo last night for the London stop on their Camp Tour and what a glorious night it was. Under the magnetic leadership of vocalist and songwriter Samantha Rae Bowers, the Brooklyn-based septet dazzled the audience with impeccable vocals, riffs and infectious enthusiasm. Their unique blend of jazz, funk and folk with a dash of theatre kid for good measure created an electrically warm atmosphere and made the venue feel like it was hosting one big party.

From the get go it's Sammy's utterly magnetic presence which draws you in. Her infectious energy creates an almost instantaneous connection with the audience that continues throughout and provides the ingredients for a really special night. Whether belting out stellar vocals (that sound just as good if not better than on the albums), laying on the stage or bantering with the audience, Sammy Rae proves to be an outstandingly charismatic band leader, who knows how to command a stage.

The Friends, the ridiculously talented ensemble of musicians who accompany the show are as good as it gets. They each get moments to shine and showcase their musical skills which are universally outstanding, and alongside that they get to show their chemistry with one another. The whole group seem to be having the time of their lives on stage, creating a bubbling vibe which reaches into the audience and pulls us into the fold. Positivity is the heartbeat of this group and it's joyous to behold.

The setlist provided a great mix of familiar favourites including Talk it Up and Jackie Onassis as well as some sneak peeks at tracks from their upcoming album. Particularly moving was the soon to be released David, which focusses on men's mental health and is incredibly beautiful and poignant. There were also a couple of covers, with Abba's Lay All Your Love on Me proving a real audience favourite. Throughout, Sammy Rae and Friends effortlessly transitioned between vocal styles and genres, going from calmer more soulful pieces to the exuberant high-octane numbers. The diverse repertoire continually showcased the band's musical aptitude and versatility.

Alongside expert musicianship, the evening was truly a celebration of community, as fostered by the group and the infectious, frivolous atmosphere they crafted. Whilst the songs explore a lot of serious themes, the group maintain a carefree persona and invite the audience to enjoy the moment and celebrate the good things life has to offer.

The Camp tour isn't anchored around a specific album so the evening was a great chance to revel in the signature hits, whilst becoming excited for what's next in the Sammy Rae discography. The combination of Sammy Rae's magnetic stage presence, the exceptional talent of the Friends, a thoughtfully curated setlist and a welcoming crowd, affirmed the group as a formidable force in the music industry and made a promise that we'll be seeing and hearing much more of them. They certainly earned their badges for riffing, raving and raising the roof!

Reviewed on Thursday 16th November 2023 by Olivia
Photo Credit: Mia Isabella Photography

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Sammy Rae and the Friends at the Hammersmith Apollo Review: A Theatrical, Musical Masterclass

Friday 17 November 2023