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Sunday 07 July 2024.

Sunday 07 July 2024....1pm to 8pm... JACKIE ST CLAIR's summer garden party, Holland Park, London W14. Former model who dated Prince and her husband Carl , host their annual party at their stunning home. We had a couple of rain showers , but the crowd were fully covered. Around 300 glamorous guests are here on the guest list, including some well known faces.... ED BICKNELL ( was Dire Straits long time manager) PAUL McGUINNESS ( was U2 long time manager) ROB DICKINS ( 15 years as Warner Music Chairman) SARA DALLIN (Bananarama) DON BLACK ( legendary songwriter) FRANCOIS PINEAAR ( Rugby Legend) LEKIDDO - LORD OF THE LOBSTERS ( recently performed at Glastonbury Festival 2024). AMIE TRUE ( Harpist from Windsor who has played some nice venues, including recently at Windsor Castle in front of Royal Family members) TOUKER SULEYMAN (Dragons Den) , RAYMOND BLANC , BETTY BOO, MICHAEL FLATLEY, ROBIN BIRLEY , JULIEN McDONALD , LORRAINE CHASE, PHILIP SALLON, LIZZIE CUNDY , BRUNO TONIOLI, ARLENE PHILLIPS, KELLY HOPPEN, ELAINE PAIGE , MICA PARIS, STUART WATTS, SONIQUE, ELIZABETH EMANUEL, BASIA BRIGGS, TANIA BRYER, RUTHIE ROGERS (River Cafe owner ) and celebrity photographer RICHARD YOUNG taking the official photos. At 7pm we had three short acoustic performances . SUSAN BLACK sang two Edith Piaf tracks. TONY MOORE performed his Cutting Crew hit ' I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight' and then a medley of over 20 British number ones from the 1960s. PAUL ENDACOTT ( London Music Heritage Tours) performed three tracks including ' Sweet Caroline' that had everyone singing and swaying along to. Complimentary champagne , Pimm's, wines, beers , a full barbeque with different meats and sides , a caviar station and a ice-cream cart. A small army of chefs , bar staff , cleaners and security helping things tick along ...portaloos too... Needless to say , an excellent event. See my Facebook page for photos and videos. ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Saturday 06 July 2024. ROBBIE WILLIAMS live at Hyde Park , London. Tonight's show is a 65,000 sold out in advance. I have seen Robbie a couple of times with Take That , and several times as a solo artist ,including two of his three shows at Knebworth in 2003, and one of five shows at Milton Keynes Bowl in 2006. --------- We missed the support act SEAL, as the football went to extra time and penalties. The rain stayed away, but chilly after 9pm. ROBBIE was on stage from 8.25pm for 1 hour 50 mins. The huge wraparound screens here are fantastic. Robbie has a big band including a brass section , three backing vocals and several female dancers. Robbie knows exactly how to work the crowd. Robbie tells us the ups and downs of his career, and how content he is as a 50 year old with his wife and four kids. Lots of his big hits played - solo and Take That. We had fireworks and streamers during a couple of songs. Great to see a couple of surprise guests. GAZ COOMBES joined him for a Supergrass classic , and DANNY DYER did a great job of the Phil Daniels part in Blurs 'Parklife'. A final song crowd singalong of 'Angels' had snippets of 'Its Coming Home , It's Coming, Footballs Coming Home' A great show. Full ROBBIE WILLIAMS setlist played tonight.... Hyde Park Intro Let Me Entertain You Land of 1000 Dances ( Chris Kenner cover) Strong Come Undone Do What U Like (Take That song) Could It Be Magic ( Barry Manilow cover) Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis cover) Alright (Supergrass cover) (with Gaz Coombes) Parklife ( Blur cover) (With Danny Dyer & The Coldstream Guards) Back for Good ( Take That song) Love My Life Candy Supreme Millennium Advertising Space Feel Kids Rock DJ Encore: No Regrets She's the One ( World Party cover) Angels