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Festival Review: British Summer Time – Bruno Mars
Amelia Hiller journeyed to Hyde Park's British Summer Time for a day of sun and music headlined by pop sensation Bruno Mars and told us all about it
The British Summer Time festival has been an annual occurrence in Hyde Park since 2013 and this year it was held over two July weekends. As well as some big names in music, BST boasts outdoor film screenings (this year also showed the England vs. Croatia World Cup semi-final), street food stalls, bars and a funfair. I travelled to London on 14 th July ready to watch Bruno Mars headline in the scorching heat.
“Having had 'Cake By The Ocean' by DNCE in my head for the entire summer of 2016, I was buzzing to hear it live in the sun
My friends and I then headed to the Main Stage, where we spent the rest of the afternoon. I was quite surprised at the huge volume of people who had set up picnic blankets around the stage and seemed to have been there for several hours waiting for Bruno Mars. We weaved our way around all the blankets to find a somewhat decent spot to watch DNCE. I’d been really looking forward to seeing them. Having had 'Cake By The Ocean' in my head for the entire summer of 2016, I was buzzing to hear it live in the sun. DNCE didn’t disappoint, although, if I’m being entirely honest, I did only recognise three of their songs.
It felt like a very long wait for Khalid. 45-minutes in the sun with nothing to do except stare longingly at those sat on picnic blankets enjoying their fourth glass of Pimms was torture. I enjoyed Khalid much more than I thought I would. I’ve not really listened to his music before and only heard his main hits on the radio, but he was an excellent performer despite playing a few too many slow songs for my liking.
“Bruno Mars was completely full of energy and was complimented amazingly by an array of backing dancers, lighting and effects
I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to go to BST this year as I got the chance to listen to new music and finally got to see Bruno Mars live. Though the heat was sometimes too much, it didn’t distract from amazing live music and an upbeat atmosphere in Hyde Park. I’d definitely recommend BST to anyone as everyone seemed to be having a great time and it was a day that I won’t forget for a while.