Record-breaking crowds of 60,000 flocked to Newham’s Under the Stars Festival to soak up the smooth sounds of 1970s legends and sopranos alike.
The East End’s Central Park hosted the free, four-day event, which ended in a sparkling firework display set against the sounds of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Conductor Paul Bateman led the orchestra, tenor John Pierce and soprano Laura Wright, in renditions of favourites including Chariots of Fire before Elgar’s Pomp And Circumstance March No 1 and Goodwin’s Main Theme from 633 Squadron closed the action on Sunday, August 16.
Sounds began to blast out from the east London site on Thursday, August 13, when summer time hit-maker Maxi Priest headlined, followed by Bhangra superstar Sukshinder Shinda and a celebration of Asian music the following day.
Saturday, August 15, saw the arrival of Hot Chocolate – and the band’s iconic hits You Sexy Thing and Everyone’s A Winner.
They were joined on stage by singer Kennie Simon for the evening of soul.
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “This year’s event did not disappoint and it was great to meet so many people, young and old, from so many different backgrounds.
“Each year the event gets bigger and better, with people coming to Central Park, to celebrate, have fun and most importantly build the strong sense of community we are proud of in Newham. We want to continue to invest in events such as this as they have a positive impact on the community.”