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British Summer Time brings out the crowds in Hyde Park

OUTSTANDING: Charlie Wilson performing at Barclaycard's British Summer Time at Hyde Park yesterday (Image Tom Hancock/British Summer Time)

BARCLAYCARD’S BRITISH Summer Time saw Bruno Mars headline but he wasn’t the only star on the lineup to draw in thousands to a hot and sunny Hyde Park yesterday. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the other acts who were part of the sold out show.

The Voice caught up with Charlie Wilson aka Uncle Charlie backstage and the veteran performer was in high spirits following his phenomenal set.

At 65 years young, Wilson’s high-energy performances will give many younger artists a run for their money. It’s undeniable that the legendary RnB singer still loves what he does after all the years – and has definitely still got it.

His set showcased his timeless material and intergenerational appeal. Crowdpleasers including Outstanding from his Gap Band days, and modern hits such as his widely loved collaboration with Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake, Signs demonstrated his versatility, while fan favourites such as There Goes My Baby showcased his ability to bring new life to old school RnB.

Wilson undoubtedly paved the way for headliner Bruno Mars whose most recent musical direction has seen him go from pure pop to RnB and funk flavours.

Texan singer Khalid shared his soulful RnB pop sounds with the crowd. The solo artist was backed up by a band and dancers but he was never too shy to share a few of his own moves. At just 20 years old, Khalid comes across as extremely comfortable in his own skin, both on stage and off, so it’s apt that he effortlessly commands a main stage in front of thousands.

Fresh from performing Magaluf, Yungen was also among those to hit the stage. The south London rapper’s top 10 hit Bestie still gets crowds going a year after its release.

London might not have been quite as hot as New Orleans yesterday but Trombone Shorty definitely brought the heat with sounds inspired by his hometown. A departure from the traditional RnB of the other artists mentioned, the trombone and trumpet player, whose real name is Troy Andrews, blessed crowds with his contemporary jazz. There’s something about bold brass sounds in the sunshine.

Stay tuned for our interviews with Charlie Wilson and Trombone Shorty.

Barclaycard British Summer Time continues today with Paul Simon, James Taylor and his all-star band, Bonnie Raitt and more.

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