Under the Stars returns to East Ham

Over 30,000 people turned out for Newham’s very own music festival Under the Stars over the bank holiday weekend despite the pouring rain.

Over 30,000 people turned out for Newham’s very own music festival Under the Stars over the bank holiday weekend despite the pouring rain.

Crowds braved the downpour for a four-night musical feast lasting from Thursday, Sunday and each night showcased a different type of music bringing an eclectic mix of genres to residents’ ears.

Newham Council host the free event every year and Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales was once again pleased with the turnout. He said: “If you put on a great show people will come despite the weather.

“We put on four free great nights of music and even though the rain was against us, thousands came to enjoy the fun. “It’s what Newham’s all about - people doing things together and without a hint of trouble.


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“It’s a taster of what we can expect next year - when the Olympic and Paralympic Games come we’ll be putting on a great party.”

The opening night on Thursday brought soothing jazz to the masses with headliners including world renowned saxophonist Courtney Pine, the incredible Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and jazz vocalist and Radio Three regular Claire Martin.

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Friday night was hosted by BBC Radio One’s DJ Nihal, showcasing the very best in Asian music.

H Dhami performed alongside his father’s legendary band Heera and bhangra artist Juggy D with rising star Foji as well as Britain’s Got Talent contestants Threebee Bollywood Dancers.

Saturday had Central Park rocking to Queen tribute band Queen on Fire and a 12-piece live band MIB who found fame earlier in the year performing for crowds of 300,000 in Hyde Park at the Royal Wedding.

The festival ended with a rousing set from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra who played extracts from film scores from family blockbusters such as Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean, ending with a spectacular firework display.

For more pictures from Under the Stars, see this week’s Recorder out tomorrow.

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