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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

Friday 5 July 2024

Morgan Wallen Lights Up BST Hyde Park: A Night of Country Magic | REVIEW

Morgan Wallen
BST Hyde Park

If there’s one thing that Morgan Wallen's concert at BST Hyde Park proved, it's that live music has a magical way of bringing people together. Having only dabbled in a few of Wallen's songs before attending, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. But by the end of the night, I was a converted fan, swept up in the collective joy and energy that only live music can create.

BST Hyde Park has a strict 10:30 pm curfew, which means performers have to make a tough choice: play as many songs as possible or spend time interacting with the crowd. Wallen masterfully did both. He packed his setlist with as many songs as he could, yet managed to sprinkle in some genuinely touching moments of interaction. Each brief pause felt intentional and heartfelt, winning over the audience every time.

One of the standout moments was when Wallen moved to a B-stage at the back of the golden circle. He explained he wanted to make eye contact with as many fans as possible, bringing an intimate feel to such a large-scale event. It was these little touches that made the evening feel special and sincere.

The music was a perfect mix of high-energy anthems and soulful ballads. Songs like 'Whiskey Glasses,' 'Last Night,' and '7 Summers' had the crowd singing along with infectious enthusiasm. Each track showcased Wallen's versatility, and it was clear that he poured his heart into every performance. It was a true celebration of country music, and the crowd couldn't get enough.

Visually, the show was a feast for the eyes. The lighting was spectacular, with lasers and wave-like smoke effects adding to the overall atmosphere. The graphics, while a bit random at times, used vibrant colour palettes that kept things interesting. The American-themed videos, featuring Wallen with a fish, a gun, and a golf club, added a fun and fitting touch, especially for a 4th of July performance, even if they were somewhat rogue choices.

Despite my initial unfamiliarity with his music, the sheer amount of joy I felt throughout the evening is a testament to Wallen's talent and the unifying power of live, communal music. The concert was not just a performance but a shared experience that brought people together, celebrating the joy of country music and live events.

Morgan Wallen's debut at BST Hyde Park was certainly a night to remember. His ability to blend energetic hits with heartfelt moments, combined with his genuine connection to the audience, made for an unforgettable experience. The quirky graphics and dazzling lighting only added to the charm. If you ever get the chance to see Morgan Wallen live, don’t hesitate – it’s an experience that will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Reviewed on Thursday 4th July 2024 by Olivia
Photo Credit: Olivia Mitchell

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Monday 26 June 2023

Pink at BST Hyde Park review: An Electrifying Performance Which Soars to New Heights

truly showcased Pink's versatility and fearlessness as an artist, cementing her as one of the best in the business"

P!nk: Summer Carnival
BST Hyde Park

In a stunning showcase of talent and entertainment, last night Pink took to the Great Oak Stage at Hyde Park, to perform a captivating show which closed her weekend at the BST festival. An awe-inspiring experience, her limitless energy, exceptional connection with the crowd, astonishing circus abilities, and unwavering vocals took the spotlight and created a really really entertaining evening. Although there were a few moments of slight lulls, the other exhilarating moments more than made up for them, resulting in a truly unforgettable evening of pure enjoyment.

Pink's natural ability to engage with her audience was truly extraordinary. From the moment she stepped onto the stage, she effortlessly commanded everyone's attention with her charming presence. She skilfully interacted with the crowd throughout the concert, making each person feel like an integral part of the performance. From taking various teddy bears, to celebrating first concert experiences and showcasing a fan's artwork, her interactions were authentic and heartfelt, creating a really welcoming atmosphere and some truly memorable audience experiences.

It's not a Pink show without some gravity defying circus acts and even at the vast open air venue she did not disappoint. Whether she was soaring high above the stage showing aerial silks or executing some beautiful choreography whilst suspended in the air, her talent left spectators in awe. These mesmerising moments added a dynamic element to the show, that truly showcased Pink's versatility and fearlessness as an artist, cementing her as one of the best in the business.

Pink's vocals remained flawless throughout the entire evening, delivering powerful performances filled with precision and emotion. Her voice effortlessly spanned a wide range of genres, captivating the audience with its raw power and vulnerability. Whether performing a song she'd written or one by someone else, each note was infused with passion and authenticity, leaving a lasting impact on everyone fortunate enough to witness her remarkable talent firsthand.

As the sun began to set, the lighting design flawlessly complemented the changing atmosphere, creating a visual spectacle that enhanced the overall experience. The lighting design effectively worked alongside the sun and shadows of nature, and the golden hue which accompanied the sunset was especially magical as it bathed the stage in a captivating glow.

Adding another layer of depth to the performance, the well-incorporated video elements were super effective. During the poignant song Irrelevant, large screens displayed videos highlighting female empowerment and the Black Lives Matter movement, creating a really significant and moving moment. These thoughtful additions not only showcased Pink's commitment to social justice but also deeply resonated with the audience, reminding everyone of the transformative power of music.

Pink's concert at Hyde Park was a remarkable demonstration of talent that left an enduring impression on all attendees. Her exceptional audience interaction, mind-blowing circus skills, and flawless vocals were the pillars of an evening that will be cherished. While there were fleeting moments of respite, they were quickly overshadowed by the sheer energy and excitement that filled the show. An undeniable triumph and a testament to her artistry, Pink and her team created a multi-sensory experience that was a treat for all in attendance.

Reviewed on Sunday 25th June by Olivia Mitchell
photo credit: Dave Hogan/Hogan Media

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Sunday 16 June 2024

Fun Things to do this Summer in London | Festivals, Food, Theatre and More...

Summer in London is always brimming with vibrant events and 2024 is no exception. Whether you're a music lover, theatre enthusiast, or just looking for a fun day out, there's something for everyone. Here's a roundup of some must-see events happening in the city this summer.

Taste of London Festival: From 12th-16th June the Taste of London festival is back at Regent’s Park, featuring top chefs, interactive workshops, and a variety of gourmet delights. This event is perfect for those looking to explore the culinary scene and try new dishes from some of the best restaurants in the city.

BST Hyde Park: BST Hyde Park is back and bigger than ever. This year's lineup is stellar, featuring Robbie Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Kylie Minogue, and Stevie Nicks among others. The festival promises not just incredible music but also gourmet food, drinks, and a posh VIP area for those looking to splurge a bit. It's happening across weekends in June and July, so mark your calendars!

Somerset House Summer Series: From July 11-21, Somerset House will host its Summer Series, offering a magical experience in the heart of the city. Expect performances from Pip Millett, Corinne Bailey Rae, and legend Patti Smith, among others. This series is known for its eclectic mix of artists and intimate setting in the iconic courtyard. A perfect summer outing!

Kaleidoscope Festival: Taking place on July 13 at Alexandra Palace, the Kaleidoscope Festival is a treat for those who love a mix of music and more. The lineup includes Soul II Soul, Ministry of Sound Classical, and Erol Alkan. Beyond the music, enjoy comedy, science workshops, and acrobatics. It's a festival that truly lives up to its name and offers a colourful array, suitable for every interest.

Wireless Festival: From July 12-14, Finsbury Park will be buzzing with the sounds of Wireless Festival. With headliners like Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat, and 21 Savage, it's a haven for hip-hop, R&B, and grime fans. Expect high energy, massive production, and plenty of surprises.

Mean Girls the Musical: Running until October 27, Mean Girls is finally in the West End. This adaptation of the classic film by Tina Fey is just as hilarious and entertaining. It's a must-see for fans of the movie and anyone looking for a good laugh. We loved it on Broadway!

Kew the Music: Kew Gardens will be hosting its annual Kew the Music series from July 9-14. This year's lineup includes fantastic artists like MIKA, JLS, and Beverly Knight. Enjoy an evening of great music in the beautiful setting of Kew Gardens. Bring a picnic or indulge in the delicious food and drink stalls on offer.

Zoo Nights at ZSL London Zoo: For something a bit different, check out Zoo Nights at ZSL London Zoo, running until July 26. Enjoy live music, street food, and after-hours tours of the zoo. It's a unique way to experience the zoo and learn about its nocturnal inhabitants.

Hampton Court Palace Festival: Just outside London, the Hampton Court Palace Festival from June 11-22 offers an enchanting setting and a fantastic lineup, including Tom Jones, Sam Ryder, and Paloma Faith. With the historic palace as a backdrop, it's a concert experience like no other.

Battersea Park in Concert: This August, Battersea Park will transform into an open-air concert venue featuring classical (Proms in the Park), West End (A Night at the Musicals), and jazz music (Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra). Perfect for a summer evening, attendees can enjoy live music while indulging in delicious food and drink​.

London's summer calendar is packed with incredible events that cater to all tastes. Whether you're into music, theatre, or unique experiences, you'll find plenty to enjoy in the city this summer. So, grab your tickets and get ready for an unforgettable season!

If you have an event happening between June and August that you'd like added, just send us an email, we'll be updating this post throughout the Summer.

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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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

Saturday 6 July 2024

Andrea Bocelli Hyde Park Concert: Rain Can't Dampen Stunning Performances

Andrea Bocelli
BST Hyde Park

Andrea Bocelli's performance at Hyde Park was a night of unforgettable music, incredible talent, and, unfortunately, a lot of rain. But let's dive into the highlights that made the evening truly special, despite the less-than-ideal weather.

First off, the support acts were fantastic! His son, Matteo Bocelli, opened with some of his own compositions, including a gorgeous piece he wrote for the Netflix show From Scratch. Matteo wooed the crowd with his suave performance and stunning vocals, setting the tone for the evening. Another highlight included some moments with Grammy award-winning singer Joaquina who's voice is absolutely glorious. Katherine Jenkins followed with a delightful set, including an impromptu rendition of 'Singing in the Rain', complete with a brolly! She later swapped her Manolos for Hunter wellies, embracing the weather with style. Her sparkly outfit matched her personality and shone brilliantly against the grey skies. A highlight of her performance was her duet with John Owen-Jones on Barcelona- truly a magical moment.

Now, let's talk about the weather. There's a reason the festival is called BST- British summers are notoriously unpredictable, and yesterday was no exception. The rain did put a bit of a dampener on the evening, both literally and figuratively. The performances were impeccable, but it was hard to fully enjoy while getting drenched. That said, the shared experience of braving the downpour added a unique camaraderie among the audience. Andrea himself called us heroes for sticking it out and rewarded us with a performance that was worth every soggy moment.

Act One began with a bang as Andrea performed 'La Donna รจ Mobile', supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The first half of the concert featured a selection of opera pieces, with standout guests like soprano Nadine Sierra, mezzo Isabel Leonard, baritone Luca Micheletti, soprano Henna Munn, flautist Andrea Griminelli, violinist Rusanda Panfili, and the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Each piece was delivered with emotion, humour, and a touch of flirtation—perfect for both opera aficionados and newcomers. However, it would have been helpful to have subtitles like at Opera House performances, allowing everyone to engage more deeply with the lyrics, or perhaps just more introductions to the pieces giving a general theme.

Act Two shifted the mood with a mix of more recent songs and Andrea's beloved classics. Highlights included a stunning rendition of 'The Prayer' with Loren Allred and a powerful performance of 'Nessun Dorma' to close the night. The set list was further enriched by appearances from German film composer Hans Zimmer, legendary British singer-songwriter Seal, and Italian gospel and blues artist Zucchero. A heartwarming moment was Andrea's duet with his daughter Virginia on Hallelujah, showcasing the immense talent within the Bocelli family.

So, while the rain did affect the enjoyment a bit, the stellar performances and the communal spirit of the audience made it a memorable evening, especially as the largest outdoor classical concert in Europe in this century. Andrea Bocelli, with his incredible voice, delivered a concert that resonated deeply, despite the weather.

Reviewed on Friday 5th July 2024 by Olivia
Photo Credit: Dave Hogan

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