A 70,000 strong crowd, chart topping pop acts, soaring temperatures and a stage invasion courtesy of Dermot O’Leary; the biggest free event in
under way this Sunday. Party in the Park, with 96.3 Radio Aire and
Council pulled it off once again this year with a star-studded line up of both
home-grown and international talent. Leeds City
Est.1987 were on-hand to bring you all the action from the site, catching up with some of the acts backstage including One Direction, Cover Drive and DJ Fresh.
|One Direction's Harry Styles on stage at Party In The Park|
Lucky ticket holders were treated to an afternoon of music in the historic
grounds and what’s more there wasn’t a cloud in the sky as the sun blazed down through
the entire event. The afternoon was an X Factor extravaganza and included Marcus
Collins, Alexandra Burke and Little Mix who performed their new single “Wings”.
However the show was undoubtedly stolen by 5 young guys that you may have heard of named “One Direction”. Temple Newsam
|Yorkshire Boy- One Direction's Zayn|
Hysterical screams erupted from the entire crowd as the X-factor stars took to the stage, singing hits from their debut album including “One Thing” and number one single “What Makes You Beautiful”. Even fellow Party In The Park performer “Alyssa Reid”, who admitted that “
Leeds is stunning”,
said she “was looking forward to seeing One Direction perform”. Yorkshire born
Zayn and Louis provoked the infamous “Yorkshire” chant mid-way through their
set with Louis later admitting that “It is so nice to be back in Yorkshire”. Back on home soil the boys stormed the show
which included an impromptu onstage invasion from X Factor presenter Dermot
O’Leary. The presenter took to the stage not once but twice during One
Direction’s performance and was happily mobbed by the five-piece before
disappearing off as quickly as he appeared.
|Cover Drive's Amanda|
Dazzling performances also came in the form of
quartet “ Barbados Cover Drive” who
wowed the crowd with an upbeat performance of “Twilight”. The four-piece, who cite
No Doubt as their main influence, chatted to Est.1987 backstage about the band [fronted
by Gwen Stefani] re-forming.
The band couldn’t be more excited about No Doubt’s reunion and all admitted that they love No Doubt’s new song “Settle Down”. Lead vocalist Amanda Reifer told us “We worked with Tony Kanal [producer and No Doubt’s bassist] on our album and were starstuck; he’s amazing”.
DJ Fresh got the 70,000 crowd suitably in the festival mood playing huge hits such as “Louder” and “Hot Right Now”. Talking backstage to Est.1987 Daniel Stein, aka DJ Fresh, spoke about his new album telling us to “expect the unexpected” from it! Having already worked with the likes of Rita Ora and Dizzee Rascal he told us who is next on his hit list for collaborations: “Professor Green; (that collaboration is already done), Rizzle Kicks and Juliette Lewis from The Licks.” “It’s going to be exciting” he laughed, and said all the collaborations will be available on the forthcoming album.
|Professor Green wowed the 70,000 strong crowd at Temple Newsam|
Labrinth’s “Earhquake” sent huge rumblings through the crowd as the entire audience sang along. And he even had time for an impromptu acoustic serenade session backstage, appropriately dressed in a bright Hawaiian shirt. X Factor judge Tulisa confidently rounded off the concert. The former N-Dubz member, dressed in summer shorts and cropped top, played a number of hits
which included her
anthem “Young”. Other stars performing included Professor Green, Conor Maynard,
Stooshe, Taio Cruz and Wretch 32. It is safe to say that the event was a
roaring success and, as it brought the good weather with it, summer has finally
|X Factor judge Tulisa headlined Party In The Park 2012|
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