Newham

Take a chance at Under the Stars

12 August 2016 in Events
ABBA classics, Bhangra beats and reggae from one of Bob Marley’s original Wailers will all feature at this year’s truly stellar Under the Stars.
The free four day musical extravaganza organised by Newham Council will take place between Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 August in Central Park, East Ham.

A variety of music tastes will be catered for, from classical music, to seventies pop, Lovers Rock and Bollywood dance.

The event will kick off on Thursday 18 August with Junior Marvin’s Wailers headlining the opening night with smooth reggae classics. Junior Marvin was an original member of Bob Marley’s Wailers and will be performing classic hits such as Could You Be Loved and Jammin’ alongside his own material.

Other performers on Thursday night include the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra which was formed by Lee Thompson, founder member and saxophonist of  legendary ska band Madness. Lovers Rock legend Sandra Cross will also entertain the crowds with a set of her hits. She is guaranteed to please both her dedicated fans and new listeners alike.

BBC Asian Network’s Tommy Sandhu with DJ Sachy will host Friday night’s evening which will be filled with the very best of Asian music. Bhangra artist Jaz Dhami will headline the event. Jaz is best known for his hit single, High Heels. Other acts performing on this night include Imran Khan and Zack Knight.

Saturday 20 August will see Björn Again take to the stage. The closest you will ever get to ABBA, Björn Again have achieved worldwide cult status and will perform classics guaranteed to get you singing and dancing.

Opening Saturday night’s performances will be Heatwave, known for their big disco hit ‘Boogie Nights.’ They will be followed by soul legend Alexander O’Neal who has clocked up more than 162 weeks in the Guinness Book of Records with club anthems such as “Fake” and “Criticize”.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will close the four day festival on Sunday 21 August. The world renowned orchestra will be conducted by John Rigby who will be joined by soprano Deborah Norman and tenor John Pierce. Newham’s Every Child a Musician Stars Orchestra will open the evening of flag waving and singing. The event will close with a spectacular fireworks grand finale.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: “Once again, I am proud to be able to offer such a spectacular line-up to Newham residents. From Jaz Dhami’s contemporary Bhangra-pop to seventies classics from ABBA and classical pieces of music hundreds of years old, there really is something for everyone.

“It’s always great to see people of different ages, and backgrounds, brought together by music and enjoying themselves. Under the Stars truly does reflect the diversity of the borough itself, celebrating everything that is great about Newham.”

Gates open daily at 6.30pm in Central Park, East Ham, E6.

For further information, please visit www.newham.gov.uk/UTS