Review + Photography by Marianne Brits-Strodl

Girl group icons, Bananarama, legendary Van Morrison, The Feeling and The Shires were just a few to mention that warmed up the 6th year rendition of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park for the headliner and Canadian chart-topper, jazzman, Michael Bublé this past Friday, the 13th of July.

Michael Buble live at British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London

What started as a beautiful sunny day in London, later turned to a torrential downpour, but not even the heavens opening could dampen the spirits of the sold-out crowd of women in summer dresses, couples and families with energetic toddlers running around.

Veteran singer-songwriter, Van Morrison, complete with gold-plated microphones, a saxophone, a band of bass horns, guitars, backing singers, strings and percussion got the crowd going and in the swing and jazz mood. Morrison performed 18 songs including fan favourites such as ‘Moondance’ and ‘Brown Eyed Girl’. Bananarama, dressed in matching sequinned outfits, entertained fans with their signature girl band sound, unison singing and pop classics, ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’, ‘Shy Boy’ and ‘I want you back’.

Van Morrison live at British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London

Van Morrison live at British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London

At around 20:40, backed by a 14-piece orchestral band, sharply dressed, tuxedo-and-shiny-shoes-wearing Bublé returned to the big stage in London after a two-year absence since his four-year-old son Noah’s cancer diagnosis. Gliding onto the stage to deafening cheers from the now drenched crowd, he delivered the magnificent cords of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ and went straight into his chart-topping ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’.

One of the photographers in the pit next to me said: “If Bubbles (sic) comes down this platform in this rain, I’m an Astronaut”. He had to swallow his words as halfway through his opening track Michael ran down the platform and performed two of the three songs we shot in the downpour, danced and twirled through water puddles, engaged with the crowd, flirted with our cameras and could not be bothered by the weather. He performed like the superstar artist that he clearly is. At one point as he was walking back to the stage, he looked at the gigantic screens and said, “Man, my hair still looks good”.

Michael Buble live at British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London

Michael Buble live at British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London

After performing his first two songs, he commented on the crowd still being there despite the weather conditions, “Are they leaving?!”, “Shit NO! They’re English AND they’re still drinking!” He then delivered an emotional few words and fighting back tears stated, “Two years since I’ve been on stage and like any human being, of course, I worried that maybe… my voice wouldn’t hold up!”, “After two songs, I’m better than I was before”. He quickly went back into his witty self and even made joke about Love Island, mimicking something that Ellie had said on the show.

This Sinatra epitome is a genuine entertainer who’s set is a mix of big band, swing and jazz. He worked his way through classics such as sax-heavy ‘Try a Little Tenderness’, a theatrical interpretation of ‘Cry Me A River’, Morrison’s ‘Crazy Love’, another hit-single, ‘Home’, and ‘My Kinda Girl. He covered hits by Ray Charles, Otis Redding, James Taylor, Bobby Darin and Van Morrison.

Michael Buble live at British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London

Michael Buble live at British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London

You must see him perform to truly understand, but it’s rare that you find an artist that can completely capture your attention from the very first note. Bublé performs with style, charisma and throws in a few comedic anecdotes and intimate moments – just magic. I’m not a fan and didn’t know every word to the songs, but enjoyed every minute of it. Being drenched to the bone by Mother Nature was worth it. “Wow” experience and I highly recommend you catch one of his shows.

Michael Buble live at British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London

See the complete photoset from tonight’s gig here.

Set Lists:

Michael Bublé: Feeling Good (Nina Simone’s cover) / Haven’t Met You Yet / Try A Little Tenderness (Otis Redding Cover) / My Kinda Girl / Sway (Dean Martin cover) / Such a Night (Johnnie Ray cover) / (Up A) Lazy River (Hoagy Carmichael cover) / You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You (Russ Morgan and His Orchestra cover) / How Sweet It Is / You Don’t Know Me (Eddy Arnold cover) / Crazy Love (Van Morrison cover) / Home / Just a Gigolo (David Lee Roth cover) / Everything / Where or When / Nobody but Me / Cry Me a River (Julie London cover) / Always On My Mind (Brenda Lee cover)

Van Morrison: Hold It Right There / Wild Night / Precious Time / Days Like This / Have I Told You Lately / Baby Please Don’t Go-Don’t Start Crying Now-Got My Mojo Working / Moondance /Broken Record / Magic Time / Did Ye Get Healed? / Sometimes We Cry / The Great Deception / One Irish Rover / Whenever God Shines His Light / Jackie Wilson Said / Bright Side of the Road / Brown Eyed Girl / Gloria

Bananarama: Nathan Jones (The Supremes cover) / ‘Tain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It) (Ella Fitzgerald cover) / Robert De Niro’s Waiting / Cruel Summer / Shy Boy / He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ (The Velvelettes cover) / I heard a Rumour / I Want You Back / Venus (Shocking Blue cover) / Love in the First Degree / Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (Steam cover)

The Feeling: I Want You Now / Fill My Little World / Anyone / Same Old Stuff / Never Be Lonely / Rosé / Helicopter / Sewn / Love It When You Call

The Shires: Echo / Beats to Your Rhythm / All Over Again / I Just Wanna Love You / Daddy’s Little Girl / Sleepwalk / Guilty / Nashville Grey Skies / Tonight / River of Love / A Thousand Hallelujahs

Footnote:

About Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Set in London’s beautiful Royal Park, the event kicked off in 2013 with The Rolling Stones reliving their legendary 1969 gig and has not let up since, featuring now famous shows from Carole King, Stevie Wonder, The Libertines, Blur, Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Black Sabbath, Taylor Swift, The Who and so many more.

Every year, each headliner is joined by a full supporting line-up across multiple stages, from major superstars to handpicked developing acts performing for fans from across the UK and the world.

2 Responses to “British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Michael Bublé + Van Morrison + Bananarama + The Feeling + The Shires, London, UK – 13th July 2018”

  1. Carol Says:

    Excellent review and photography wOw thank You Marianne

  2. Carol Says:

    Excellent review love the way you do this feels like we are at the show and of course your Photography Rulsz

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