It’s officially summer in Britain now, which means BST (British Summer Time) Hyde Park has returned to the capital with a whole host of mega acts. Kicking off the first night of the event, which hadn’t been able to take place in previous years due to Covid, was the legend who needs know introduction – Elton John.
Various acts played across the park’s stages on the sunny Friday afternoon including Gabriels, Let’s Eat Grandma, Berwyn, Thomas Headon, and opening up before Elton took to the main stage (and handpicked by the man himself, was Rina Sawayama.
Dressed to impress, complete with shimmer and sparkles, as well as an ode to Elton, Rina appeared on stage in an outfit to wow complete with a pair of specially designed spectacles.
Her set opening with Dynasty and included Comms des garçons, Snake Skin and Love me 4 me. During the first few songs Rina appeared to have a slight issue with her microphone pack, but it didn’t dampen her performance as she continued like a pro as stage techs rushed to her aid.
Crowd favourites came in the form of Chosen Family, which features Elton John, as well as her latest track This Hell and a cover of Lady Gaga’s Free Woman.
With the sun still fairly high in the sky the time came for the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to make its mark at Hyde Park and the sun soaked crowd were more than ready. Elton and his band kicked off the set with Bennie and the Jets as the crowd go wild. Elton is looking and sounding great and the masses of fans all of various ages scream, cheer and dance throughout the set, which includes Mercy And The Criminal ( a song Elton tells us he hasn’t played live for a while), a dedication to George Michael with Don’t Let The Sun Go Down and of course all the classics you’d expect – Candle In The Wind, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, Rocketman, Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting and many more.
After such a treat of a setlist, three outfit changes and several piano movements allowing fans either side of the stage to get a closer glimpse thanks to a rotating stage, Elton and his band left the stage before giving us one last farewell ending the night on Your Song and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which saw everyone, staff, paramedics and security included signing their hearts out – that’s the magic of Elton’s music.
For more information on BST Hyde Park and for tickets to upcoming shows, please visit bst-hydepark.com.