Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park: Day Five
Mancunian golden boys Take That took to the Great Oak Stage to headline the second Saturday of the festival. The spectacular show began simply, with a grand pianist and an opera singer playing 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 one hit “Shine”, the amazing production coming to life with confetti, pyrotechnics and carnival dancers.
Midway through the set the boys broke into a medley of their 90s hits “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”, with the four 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 also saw standout performances from Ella Eyre and Olly Murs. Ella Eyre’s powerful vocals absolutely filled the park, as she switched between numbers with full band to stripped back tracks such as “Even If”. Olly Murs was next on the lineup, emerging onto the stage to a Quentin Tarantino style instrumental. His infectious energy instantly had the crowd up on their feet, paying tribute to fellow BST headliner Stevie Wonder with “Stevie Knows” and last year’s headliner Chic. Ella Eyre reappeared during his set to take the role of Demi Lovato for their rousing duet “Up”.
And today was a day full of fantastic covers… 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 70s funk and soul medley including Wild Cherry and Chic. The Wanted’s star-turned-soloist Nathan Sykes delivered a stunning arrangement of Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches”; 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 fantastic 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 Take That’s 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.