Under the Stars

Under the Stars outdoor music concerts returns this August to Central Park, East Ham to offer residents four nights of free live musical entertainment.
Under the stars

Under the Stars 2018

Almost 32,000 residents danced the night away across four nights of Newham Council’s music extravaganza Under the Stars at East Ham’s Central Park.

The event opened on Thursday with Levi Roots, Bitty McLean and The Skatalites with classic reggae, ska and lovers rock.

Friday attracted some of the best of British Asian talent around including Dr Zeus, local boy Mumzy Stranger, H-Dhami and Rameet Sandhu.

The crowd kept on moving on Saturday with classic dance tracks from Soul II Soul featuring Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler, tribute band Ultimate Earth, Wind & Fire, and Joel Culpepper.

Sunday rounded off the feast of music with a spectacular display of fireworks to the sound of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of John Rigby accompanied by soprano Sarah Redgwick and tenor Robyn Lyn Evans.

Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and Newham councillors spent the four evenings having fun and dancing with residents. The Mayor said: “It was a fantastic event with an incredible range of artists. All four nights were eclectic and electric especially with the spectacular fireworks on Sunday which made everyone go wild! But of course the biggest stars were our residents who created an amazing atmosphere in response to the great musical performances. My thanks to all who came and for the money people donated to the Magpie Project in Forest Gate that supports mothers and children aged under five with housing needs. A great cause indeed!”


Thursday 16 August​

The first evening of Under the Stars will be headlined by pioneering Jamaican group THE SKATALITES performing hits such as “Guns of Navarone”.

Adding his own brand of reggae reggae sauce to the opening slot, LEVI ROOTS will also be joining us.

He will be followed by smooth reggae from BITTY MCLEAN, who will be performing his top 10 UK hit “It Keeps Raining (Tears From My Eyes)”, “Here I Stand” and “Dedicated To The One I Love”.

The night will be hosted by DJ and radio star DADDY ERNIE.


Friday 17 August

Friday’s headliner is massively popular music producer Dr Zeus. He has been delivering chart-topping hits globally for nearly 20 years including ‘Jugni Ji’, ‘Kangna’, ‘Inch’ and Bollywood smash hit song ‘Lovely’. His many high profile collaborations include recent hit ‘Woofer’ featuring Snoop Dogg. He will perform with top artists including Zora Randhawa, Rajveer, Manny Kooner, K-Rick and DJ Harpz.





Beauty pageant winner turned singer and actress has delivered hits including her recent single ‘Talli Hogiya’ featuring Dr Zeus and Curtis Young, son of world famous Dr Dre. She will perform a solo set and then join Dr Zeus on stage for a surprise collaboration.


Also performing an action-packed set will be perhaps UK’s finest artist of Bangladeshi decent Mumzy Stranger. The chart-topping urban singer will take to the stage with a host of special guests including rising star Nish, Swedish sensation Rupika and DJ Kye.





The award-winning bhangra sensation has made a name for himself as an explosive live performer and will deliver a high energy set loaded with his greatest hits.

The internationally renowned singer returns to Newham Under The Stars event hot on the heels of her hit song Playboy, which has clocked up nearly three million views on YouTube since its recent release in May.

Also performing on the action-packed Friday night line up are Bollywood band Side Partition, who featured on BBC4, explosive percussion group Dhol Frequency and high-energy dance group 4ALL2ENVY Entertainment. There will also be a free photo-booth, dance workshops and top henna artists offering free designs.​



The fabulous four-hour musical extravaganza will be hosted by popular BBC Asian Network presenter Nadia Ali and DJ/rapper Anj Baig, who featured on Asian reality TV show Desi Rascals.



Saturday 18 August

Saturday’s headliners are the legendary SOUL II SOUL. They’re celebrating 30 years in the business so expect classics like “Back To Life”, “Keep On Movin” and “Get A Life”.
Soul II Soul competition

The competition has closed and winners will be selected and notified today (17 August 2018).

For Jazzie B, Soul II Soul has always been as much of a lifestyle statement as a musical movement. The band has a clothing range that comes from the same place as the music, allowing people to identify with the band’s ideals 24/7.

We have six Soul II Soul exclusive t-shirts to give away, and you could be in with a chance of winning! All you have to do is answer the question below:

How many years in the music business as a collective are Soul II Soul celebrating this year?
  1. 30 years

  2. 20 years

  3. 5 years
To enter, just email your answer to

Submit your answer by midnight Wednesday 15 August 2018.

See terms and conditions for further information​

The evening will start with new R&B phenomenon JOEL CULPEPPER whose rendition of “Woman” has already notched up 2.6 million YouTube hits.

To keep you in the groove, tribute act ULTIMATE EARTH, WIND & FIRE will recreate the sounds of the 70s & 80s supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire. 

Saturday night will be hosted by Heart FM’s presenter ROBERTO.


Sunday 19 August

The ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA conducted by JOHN RIGBY, soprano SARAH REDGWICK and tenor ROBYN LYN EVANS will perform what promises to be an unforgettable evening of classical music. The 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 will be marked with musical performances on the night. There will also be a spectacular fireworks grand finale.


Special announcement
On Sunday we will be joined by AARON BROWN and JASMINE TAKACS who are professional dancers on the hit TV Show Let's Dance - 'Dancing With The Stars - Sweden' the international version of the UK's Strictly Come Dancing.

They have danced together since 2015 and have developed a unique repertoire of Latin/ballroom dancing mixed with show dance/exhibition style lifts and tricks.

The pair have performed internationally all across the globe. Jasmine has also danced for numerous artists. To name a few Rhianna, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Gary Barlow and many more... Jasmine has also featured in Hollywood films such as James Bond 007 'Spectre' where she is the iconic Bond girl - dancing silhouette during the opening titles.

The pair will be dancing the Viennese Waltz during the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's performance to Roses from the South Waltz. Make sure you get down to Central Park to witness this mesmerising performance.

John Rigby

Sunday night will conclude with a spectacular FIREWORKS GRAND FINALE.

Acts may be subject to change. Keep reading the Newham Mag for the latest line-up announcements.

Important information

  • Last entry is 10pm
  • If the event arena should become full the organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to the site. There will then be a one-out-one-in policy put in place
  • There is no public parking onsite; limited blue badge parking available in the park (weather permitting).
  • Visitors are encouraged to walk or use public transport.
​​Tube: East Ham station (15 min walk). Visit​ for travel updated.

Buses: 58, 10, 104, 115 and 474 to Central Park (East Ham/White Horse) and 5, 147, 238, 300 and 325 to Barking Road (High Street North/Newham Town Hall).
  • Bikes are not permitted at Under the Stars. Bike racks are available in Central Park.
  • Food stalls and bar available on site. You can bring your own food and drink, but no glass bottles or other sharp objects are allowed.
  • You will be searched as a condition of entry.
  • Anyone bringing unsealed plastic bottles or baby bottles into the park will be asked to open it and taste the contents in front of security personnel before entering. If you are unwilling to do this, it is unlikely you will be permitted to enter.
  • This event takes place on grass.
  • No dogs allowed (except assistance dogs).​

2017 event

If you joined us at our 2017 event, we hope you had a fantastic time!

If you were unable to make it, you don't have to miss out completely. Our pick of the best photos are now on our Facebook page:

 Short film of some ​of the highlights from the weekend.​​

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