Robbie Williams’s thrilling performance was the perfect way to close another iconic edition of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park – a day that also featured Black Eyed Peas, Keane, Texas, Feeder and Saint Sister.
Since bursting on to the stage as the youngest member of Take That in 1990 and then going solo in 1995, Robbie Williams has been at the top of his game for nearly 30 years, and has become a national treasure. His recent appearance as a judge on The X Factor has only increased this, quickly becoming the programmes’ most entertaining, witty and enchanting judge.
Tonight, we saw all the charm, charisma and talent flowing through him, living up to his reputation as one of the world’s greatest entertainers. From a heart-warming rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’ alongside his father Pete Williams to inviting a fan to sit on a couch on-stage for a personal serenade from Robbie – there was never a dull moment with him at the helm.
Robbie also addressed his recent time on The X Factor. “I went on The X factor and has the best time. What you don’t expect is to fall in love with the contestants. And on it I said I would let some of them perform with me at Hyde Park tonight, so please welcome LMA Choir” Accompanied by the 14 Liverpudlian singers, they sung a gorgeous rendition of the Take That classic, ‘Never Forget’.
As the set draw to a close, Robbie ended his career-spanning show with his signature song ‘Angels’, cueing the fireworks to light up the packed-out Hyde Park and illuminating the thousands of onlookers belting the words right back.
The Black Eyed Peas flew onto the stage and straight into the pumping track ‘Let’s Get It Started’, before quickly moving into ‘Imma Be’ and then ‘Rock That Body’. Instantly Hyde Park turned into a dancefloor, with the trio of will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo dictating the tempo. The high-intensity set showed no signs off letting up, with the group even inviting South London’s finest Ms Banks on stage to perform her hit ‘Snack’. It was only fitting for the group to finish on their chart-topping anthem, ‘Where Is The Love’. “This song is dedicated to every single one of you. Our first big hit in this country.”
Making their first return to London in seven years, Keane seized their opportunity on the Great Oak Stage. Spearheaded by the charming Tom Chaplin, the band offered a set packed with fan-favourites such as ‘Crystal Ball’ and ‘Nothing In My Way’ off 2006’s Under The Iron Sea to ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and ‘Everybody’s Changing’ off their 2004 debut Hopes and Fears. Tom also took a moment to discuss their anticipated forthcoming LP, one that tackles and addresses his issues of depression, before playing current single, ‘The Way I Feel’.
Texas skipped onto the scene to the shimmering, bass-heavy track ‘Inner Smile’, seeing Sharleen Spiteri bouncing up and down the stage much the audience’s delight. Another highlight included the 1999 hit ‘Summer Sun’, which Spiteri declared “We’ve been lucky enough that every time we play this one the weather in Hyde Park is good, let’s keep that going!”
Welsh rockers Feeder open the Great Oak Stage with their soaring classic ‘Feeling a Moment’ - bringing every member of the ever-growing crowd to their feet. They then journey the audience on a wild USA road trip with newest single ‘California’. “We’re gonna take you back to the late 90s”, cried frontman Grant Nicholas, before launching into one of their earlier bangers ‘High’, followed by anthem ‘Buck Rogers’.
Barclaycard Stage welcomed a host of talent including The X Factor finalists United Vibe, as well as Acacia & Aaliyah, Misunderstood and Saint Sister.
Summer Stage was the perfect place to be during the glorious British sunshine, and the music was equally pleasant thanks to Matt Wilson, Raphi, Roe and Callum Beattie.
The final day of BST Hyde Park featured famous names such as Tiger Lily, Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles, Louise Redknapp, Andrew Scott, Boy George, and Laura Whitmore.