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Everyone's a Winner with this year's Under the Stars

23 July 2015 in Events and Mayor
Soul superstars, Bhangra legends, lovers rock and one of the UK’s leading sopranos are all part of the line-up at this year’s Under the Stars extravaganza.
There is something for everyone’s musical taste at this year’s free four day event organised by Newham Council. It will  run from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 August in Central Park, East Ham. Gates open at 6.30pm.

The event kicks off with the king of summertime hits Maxi Priest who will headline Thursday night. As one of reggae’s biggest stars, he is known for his huge international hits including UK No.1 Close to You.

Continuing the summertime theme are Aswad, best known for their hit singles Don’t Turn Around and Shine. Rounding up the opening night’s line up is the so called queen of lovers rock, Janet Kay.

Friday night sees a feel-good line up with the best of Asian music hosted by the BBC Asian Network’s Tommy Sandhu and DJ Moses from reality TV show Desi Rascals. Bhangra superstar Sukshinder Shinda known as “The Music Man” tops the bill.

Also performing on Friday, Jassi Sidhu will set pulses racing with beats from his hit albums Reality Check and The New Adventures of Jassi Sidhu. Residents can enjoy the melodic voice of YouTube sensation Hussnain Lahori and Brit Asia Superstar finalist Rubayyat Jahan will team up with Raja Kashif to entertain the crowd in Bengali, Hindi and Punjabi.

All female dhol and dance group Eternal Taal bringing their 16 years experience in dhol drumming and Bhangra dance to Central Park.

Everyone’s a winner with Saturday night’s headline act Hot Chocolate. Original band members Patrick Olive, Harvey Hinsley and Tony Connor will be joined by Andy Smith, Steve Ansell and singer Kennie Simon to perform some of their biggest hits including You Sexy Thing, which was immortalised in hit nineties film The Full Monty.

Hot Chocolate are joined by Clem Curtis & The Foundations who will perform popular hits Baby Now That I’ve Found You and Build Me Up Buttercup. Soul Legends will be travelling from the USA to open the night  performing the music of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson and many more.

Finally Sunday evening will see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Paul Bateman, returning to Newham for their much loved, live classical music set. Around 50 world class musicians will perform two sets of popular classics with soprano Laura Wright and tenor John Pierce.

To celebrate Newham hosting five games of Rugby World Cup 2015 at the Olympic Stadium, the orchestra’s set will include World in Union, Swing Low Sweet Chariot and Jerusalem.

Children from Newham’s Every Child a Musician programme known as The ECaM Stars Orchestra will also take to the stage to showcase their skills. The evening will end with a breath-taking, unmissable fireworks finale.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “Under the Stars is always hugely popular and this year promises to be just as spectacular as ever. I am proud to be able to offer such a spectacular line-up free to all our residents.

“With Newham‘s 50th anniversary and the borough hosting five games of Rugby World Cup 2015, there’s plenty to celebrate this year. Events such as Under the Stars are a great way to recognise everything that is great about Newham, from our diverse population to our very talented young people. I look forward to seeing residents of all ages and backgrounds coming together to enjoy a wide range of music.”

All artists are subject to change.

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