I had a really nice relaxing day yesterday. I pressed the red button on my tv and tuned into the Radio 2 Live Concert in Hyde Park. It really was a neat festival in a day and musical artists played to a packed out crowd on the park. Yes it rained a bit but nobody seemed bothered, people seemed well equipped with umbrellas, raincoats and the infamous festival ponchos.
The Stereophonics kicked off the show, followed by a bit of folk by Seth Lakeman and Wildwood Kin who were excellent if you can broaden your music mind and delve into something different. Seth certainly got the crowd going but I felt so sorry for the girls from Wildwood Kin who unfortunately experienced a lot of technical difficulties.
This seemed to be a common problem which cropped up later on in the evening before Take That came on stage. Radio Presenter and Scissors Sister member Ana Matronic played a DJ slot and the power went off suddenly for a minute or so, she looked shocked but what made me laugh was the sound engineer who stood next to her holding his hands up to say ' well I don't know what's happened'. It's ok love you're only live to millions of people around the world, at least look technical.
Rick Ashley woo'd the audience with his recent hits and of course the classic 'Never Gonna Give You Up' which he left to the last moment. He is so good and doesn't look any different. I boogied in my living room and closed my eyes, no I didn't fall over but was transformed back to to the 80's but without the terrible poodle perm.
Emeli Sande and James Blunt both followed with great performances. Emeli has just an amazing voice that sounded great. I had transferred over to the radio coverage at this time as I had a bit of ironing to do. See you can festival and do housework at the same time. James was also great and you forget how many class songs he has produced. The crowd sang out loud and how could you not sing along to 'You're Beautiful'. Loved it!!!
I eventually finished my ironing. I had saved it up a bit to be honest. I tend to iron on demand so it was a bit of a shock to the system. Kids have gone back to school now and that means school shirts!!! So yes after that I went back to the tv coverage as it was Shania Twain up next. I love Shania, loved her early days and love her now. She looked fabulous and belted out all her popular tunes such as 'Man I Feel Like a Woman' and the ballad 'You're Still The One' regardless of having previous problems with her voice due to illness a few years ago. She sounded great and seemed a little excited to be there and good because I hope she enjoyed it that much she returns soon. I know I'd like to see her tour in the future.
After Shania it was Blondie time. Wow I cannot believe Debbie Harry is 72!!! I wanted to be Debbie when I grew up, as well as Suzi Quatro and Cheryl Ladd from Charlie's Angels. maybe I've still got to grow up yet. I don't care what anyone says Blondie can still rock and can knock out those tunes such as Heart of Glass, Hanging on the Telephone and One Way or Another. A great show. LEGENDS!!
Take That headlined the event and did what they do well, entertained everyone with their songs which to be honest if you're a Take That fan or not, you usually end up tapping you're feet them. I think even though they are now a three piece they still own any stage and were just a brilliant act to end this 'Greatest Day' (see what I did there?). Lovely blokes, you just can't help love em'
Well done Radio 2 for providing a very entertaining day including the entertainment in between the acts, loved Popmaster with Ken Bruce, Zoe Ball and Claudia Winkleman, so funny. Thank you also for helping me work off 10,000 steps on my Fitbit. Just goes to show you don't have to go to the gym or go for a massive walk, you can work it all off with a dance around in the living room. I got some very funny looks from my boys as they passed through now and again but was I bothered? NO!
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