Barclaycard presents British Summer Hyde Park is now in its fifth year. This year it plays host to many a A-list star including Phil Collins, Kings of Leon and The Killers to name a few. Tonight it plays host to Canadian global superstar Justin Bieber.
Earlier in the day Naughty boy took to the stage and even though generally DJ sets tend to fall flat at outside live events, the addition of live vocals seem to lift the performance to another level. Annie Marie gave an energized, great set her summery reggae sound very appropriate for the beautiful weather. Tove Lo gave an impressive turn but its more her scantily clad style that gains the column inches rather than her obvious talent. DJ Martin Garrix gave a surprisingly crowd pleasing performance with current squeeze Dua Lipa joined him on stage for ‘Scared to be lonely’. The crowd were eating out of his hand.
Justin Bieber is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, both a multiple Brit and Grammy award winner. Despite his love/hate relationship with the media his success as a pop artist is undeniable. He takes to the stage uncharacteristically early (quarter of an hour earlier than billed) causing a manic serge towards the stage as some punters missed the beginning of his set. What follows is an half mimed/half live set which Bieber tried to explain away by advising he has a cold and wasn’t feeling his best. A rendition of ‘cold water’ and ‘love yourself was sung acoustically with just a guitar and was very good along with a performance of vintage Usher track ‘You got it bad’ (a lovely nod to his early mentor). Unfortunately this just made the mimed sections make you feel more cheated as Justin does have a good capable voice. His dance routines were good but his dancers were unbelievably good.
Justin always receives a glowing welcome from his UK fans and several of his more die-hard fans were in tears as he approached them on stage. For them being so close to their idol will be a memory they will never forget.
The evening ends in an amazing performance of huge hit ‘Sorry’ complete with massive applause and a firework display.
All in all a good round off to the weekend and a night all the Beliebers will not forget.
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