Review by Hayley Clark.

 

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On the day which forecast torrential rain the sun beamed brightly over Hyde Park for day one of the annual British Summertime Series, as couples and families laid out their blankets for the stellar line up that was boasted over the three stages.

StarsailorChas & Dave, and former Genesis colleague Mike Rutherford of Mike and the Mechanics laid the perfect picnic soundtrack as the refined crowd sipped on champagne and alcohol whilst consuming the variety of quality food offerings the festival had to offer. With the laid back vibe excitingly interrupted as Florida legends KC and The Sunshine Band took to the Great Oak stage coaxing the audience to their feet. With forty three years in the music industry the infectious anthems ‘Give It Up’,’Get Down Tonight’ and ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’ had most of the 65,000 crowd chanting along  or discreetly performing a bit of infamous dad dancing taking them back to the disco balled nights of their youth.

The stage exploded in a sea of neon visuals with Debbie Harry gracing the stage,  opening with Coyote Ugly anthem ‘One way or another’ and  two days before her seventy second birthday. Dressed as cool as her punk heyday and accompanied by a huge striped horned head dress, a reference to latest album ‘Pollinator’, the Blondie icon performed hit after hit alluring the crowd with new and old from ‘Call me’ and ‘Atomic’ to ‘Fun’ off the new album before 90’s comeback favourite ‘Maria’ got the crowd onto their feet just in time to end with a standing ovation to ‘Heart of glass’.

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After naming his tour “Not Dead Yet” main stage headliner Phil Collins recently suffered an array of health problems and had to cancel numerous dates over the last month, which he acknowledged appearing on the stage but that didn’t stop his special performance that left his fans in awe opening with ‘Another Day In Paradise’.

With full band including talented 16 year old son Nick on the drums, three female backing singers and a sign language interpreter the crowd swayed from side to side as the 66 year old perched on a stool in the centre of the huge stage. As he ploughed through the hits and reminisced of the old Genesis days with the back drop of videos of Phil in his prime for ‘Follow You, Follow Me’ the audience were treated to the classics including ‘In the Air Tonight’ before the legend upped the tempo bringing the night to a close with ‘Easy Lover’,’Invisible Touch’ and eighties favourite ‘Sussudio’ for a good old dance and sing along before the showcase of his powerful vocals with ‘Take Me Home’ brought the enchanted evening to an end.

However it was the Barclaycard stage where the party was really at with headliners New Power Generation. The former backing band of the late Prince kicked off the first of the eleven show non stop tour raising the temperature in funky London.
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Preaching to the converted audience of 60,000 Phil fans and opening with the classic ‘Sexy MF’ this show was all about the funk and the talent of the guys In their own right, billed as a tribute to their colleague it was fantastic to see them win over the crowd instantly.

The last time I saw Morris Hayes and the band play was in Minneapolis in April, no cameras, no phones just an hour and half of pure energy , so I was rather excited for the first gig of the tour here at Hyde Park having missed so many previous tours being too young to attend and bringing in special guests Andre Cymone and Kip Blackshire.

Trading the balcony club scene of Purple Rain for the colossal London Park, dancer Damon Dickson showed he still has the moves,  cheekily dancing in between tracks and interacting with the audience.

Somebody ‘Call the Law’ as the band were tighter than ever with Sonny T and Mike Scott on strings, Morris and Tommy Barbarella on keys and Kirk Johnson banging the drums in all the right places.Original member the legendary Tony M was on form with his rap ditties had the audience quickly grooving on their feet, decked in his white tracksuit and shades had the audience bouncing off the barriers with ‘Gettoff’ and ‘D.M.S.R’.

Clad in a tartan jacket Andre was as suave as ever , the unique sound and Vocal ability of this man wowed the crowd,  performing upbeat classics “Controversy” and “Raspberry beret” as well as the lesser known “New Power Generation” there was something for everyone.

The high octane performance gained new as well as old fans, with a simple logo backdrop there was  no need for fancy signs or graphics as the music blew the crowd away alone and within the two 45 minute sets covering all emotions but I don’t think anyone could of predicted as Kip took to the stage for a heart tugging version of ‘Nothing Compares To You’; the ballad Prince wrote and made a certain Irish singer very famous.

Described on Facebook as “historic”, “dynamic” and “amazing” through a video shared by our team, which we’ll pop up the link at the end,  Kip blew the house down as his beautiful vocals took the track to church. The emotion shone through him as the talented young man made the audience well up and sing along. Throughout the set his voice was on point, with heavenly harmonies the NPG couldn’t of chosen a better co vocalist for the tour, his version of ‘She’s Always In My Hair’ was also of the scale.

The set closed in no other way than an emotionally charged ‘Purple Rain’ with 60,000 joining in alongside the band, arms waving from side to side and a well deserved standing ovation for the NPG as they raised their hands in the sky in memory of their friend.

Having witnessed one of the best festival performances in a long time, here is the link we promised to check for yourself…..


Phil Collins Setlist:
Another Day in Paradise
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
Wake Up Call
Follow You Follow Me (Genesis song)
I Missed Again
Hang in Long Enough
Separate Lives (Stephen Bishop cover)
In the Air Tonight
You Can’t Hurry Love (The Supremes cover)
Dance Into the Light
Invisible Touch (Genesis song)
Easy Lover (Philip Bailey cover)
Sussudio

Encore:
Take Me Home

Blondie Setlist:
One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves cover)
Fun
Call Me
Too Much
Rapture
Long Time
Atomic
Maria
Heart of Glass

New Power Generation Setlist
Set One:

Sexy MF
Pop Life
Cream
Sign of the Times
Hot thing
Nothing compares 2 U
Money don’t matter 2Nite
7
Uptown
Call the law
All the critics love u in London / Housequake
Housequake
Gett off.
Band introduction jam

Set Two;
New Power Generation
Live4love
DMSR
Anotherloverholeinmyhead
Controversy
She is always in my hair
Little Red Corvette
If I was ur girlfriend
Take me with u
Raspberry Beret
Let’s Go Crazy
Purple Rain


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, plus Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez and many more packing out the park for memorable summer nights.

Last year, the line-up had something for everyone from indie favorites The Strokes, to Blur, music icons The Who and a pop extravaganza led by a triumphant Taylor Swift. The event also held 3 star packed comedy nights on the main Great Oak Stage, which saw fans settling in with picnics on the Hyde Park grass for an idyllic evening.

Every year, each headliner is joined by a full supporting line up across 5 stages, from major superstars to handpicked developing acts performing for fans from across the UK and the world

This year’s line up includes:
Phil Collins – Friday June 30th
Green Day – Saturday July 1st
Justin Bieber – Sunday July 2nd
Kings of Leon – Thursday July 6th
The Killers – Saturday July 8th
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Sunday July 9th

One Response to “British Summertime Hyde Park: Phil Collins – 30 June 2017”

  1. Christian in Mpls Says:

    Great performance !! Lovin Kip Blackshire’s heartfelt “Nothing Compares 2 U” :)
    Thank you NPG for keeping the Purple Passion alive and well !!

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