The Three Degrees set to perform at Under The Stars in East Ham

PUBLISHED: 12:44 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 08 August 2017

The Three Degrees. Picture: Ian Fraser Burgess

The Three Degrees. Picture: Ian Fraser Burgess

Copyright © 2015 Ian Fraser Burgess

Get ready for smooth reggae, Eastern beats and an iconic 70s girl group as Newham festival favourite Under the Stars returns.

The free, four-night, council-run extravaganza will take over Central Park, East Ham, from August 17 to August 20, with a reggae bonanza to get things moving.

Singers Tippa Irie, Horace Andy, Massive Attack’s Daddy G and Grammy-nominated legend Pato Banton will headline the first night under the guidance of Choice FM DJ Daddy Ernie.

On Friday night, Asian flavours will take centre stage as BBC Asian Network’s Nadia Ali hosts.

She will present live performances from Chand Ali Khan Qawwal, Faraz Khan, Sona Walia, the Epika Dance Troupe, and Arjun, before a headlining set from legendary Bhangra pioneers Apna Sangeet.

East makes way for West on Saturday night as vintage pop takes over, orchestrated by Heart FM’s veteran DJ Roberto, and kicking off with Motown sounds from the Edwin Starr Band, featuring Angelo Starr.

Then it’s Ruby Turner’s turn to sparkle, before 70’s girl group The Three Degrees get everyone on their feet with hits like When Will I See You Again and Take Good Care of Yourself.

Sunday will culminate on a classical note with Newham’s Every Child a Musician Stars Orchestra performing before the legendary Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ends the concert along with a spectacular fireworks display.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “I’m very proud that Under the Stars has come of age.

“Newham is one of the few councils in the country to offer free events like this so our residents can come together, get to know their neighbours and not worry about money.

“Many Newham residents will have grown up with Under the Stars – and this year we can celebrate in style with a great big free birthday bash.”

Gates will open at 6.30pm every night. Entrance to Central Park is via High Street South, East Ham.

Security checks will be in place at the entrances. Anyone carrying unsealed plastic bottles will be asked by security personnel to taste the contents before they are allowed into the park.

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