Putting the word summer and London in the same sentence is just as ambiguous as the weather we experience in the UK. Who would have imagined the heat wave would surpass for more than a couple of days and with festival season in full swing British Summertime Hyde Park epitomised the sun-soaked, energised vibe that we yearn for.
Six days jammed packed with international artists falling across a spectrum of different genres, I headed down to Hyde Park on Saturday 14th July to attend BST, which hosted an epic lineup and performances from Khalid, Tom Walker, DNCE, Yungen, Naomi Scott and headliner Bruno Mars.
Khalid has been on my must-watch list for a long time now, from the moment I heard ‘Location’ I knew that song would be a game changer for him. His vocals are coated with a serene and captivating soulful edge that transcends effortlessly through his music and that essence translated straight through to his live performance. From the addictively catchy ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ to the electro-pop Marshmello collaboration ‘Silence’ and hypnotic ‘Love Lies’ his refreshingly radiant vocals shone through.
His zen vibe not only oozed through his performance but through the aesthetics of the main stage, called the ‘Great Oak Stage’, which was decorated with trees either side of the stage and branches interconnecting at the top. The decor showcased earthy tones running with shades of green, from the forest backdrop to the clothing of his backing dancers. With the sun shining and electric energy of the crowd it merged together to create a great atmosphere.
With a lineup spanning amongst a diverse range of genres it’s to no surprise to why it attracts a multitude of people. What might be a day out with your other half to a first festival experience, or a gathering of friends, the component that stood out to me was that irrespective of diverse demographic Hyde Park united to celebrate talent. Whether you have gone to the festival to see the pop-infused, highly energetic band DNCE to the funk extraordinaire Charlie Wilson to indie folk singer Tom Walker you’re are guaranteed to have a jam-packed day full of great music.
Sealing off the Saturday Bruno Mars took to the stage with jam-packed, thrilling performance. This is my third time seeing him live and he never fails to deliver. From filling a small venue to a massive festival his performance radiates to all corners. Engaging and enthralling and encompassing the heart of Motown with his own contemporary twist he finished the day off in true Bruno Mars style and dripping with finesse.