Gig Review – Robbie Williams and the Black Eyed Peas, British Summertime Festival, Hyde Park, 14 July 2019

Today was the last date on the Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival calendar for this year. Maybe I’ll see Hyde Park again in September for the BBC Radio show, otherwise it will be another year.

Robbie Williams closed out the festival, supported by Texas (who I missed), Keane and the Black Eyed Peas. The Peas were great to shoot but you pretty much had to make the choice of being at the end of the runway for group shots or taking a side and going for individual shots. For a daylight show the lighting was great. As I’d done the Hammersmith show last year I decided on group shots and although I’d have like a couple of decent close ups of will.i.am, I was happy with the shots I got.

Robbie Williams had an approved list of just ten of us. Until late on we thought we would be in the pit which would have been fabulous because he used the runway throughout the first three songs. But no, we were back in that gap between the diamond and golden circles. However, because he was on the runway most of the time he was actually fairly close especially with the diamond circle seemingly smaller than for the previous BST shows.

As I headed for the exit for the last time, I wandered through the back of the golden circle again. I knew the light show would be quite something from back there and took a couple of snaps as a memento on my way out. Maybe next year they could organise for photographers to shoot the headliners once the sun has gone down and the stage lights are up – what a difference 45 minutes make!