Wednesday 31 July 2013

Party In The Park 2013 // Live & Backstage Report

It may have been the first time that Party in the Park, (with 96.3 Radio Aire and Leeds City Council), charged for entry but, with a hefty line-up of chart topping pop acts to look forward to, no one was deterred. The rain may have put in an untimely appearance, but certainly didn’t dampen spirits; Party in the Park pulled it off once again this year with a star-studded line up. 
Est.1987 were on-hand at Temple Newsham Estate to bring you all the action from the site, both behind the scenes and out on stage. Click below to read our full live report…

Dizzee Rascal on stage at this year's Party In The Park

Olly Murs charming the crowd
Blue are back and on top form

The lineup for 2013’s Party In The Park was bigger and better than ever before and although the weather may not have been perfect, the on stage action more than made up for it. With a mix of established and up and coming artists there was something for everyone.

Blue backstage at Party In The Park

Dizzee Rascal headlining the event

Delighted to be at the event Professor Green said he was “excited” at taking the stage and would provide a show that had great “energy”, and he certainly delivered. She may have had to pull out of last year’s X Factor but Lucy Spraggan is back and doing it her own way. She admittedly was suffering from a sore throat on the day but put on a steely performance including her debut single “Lighthouse”. 

And with Lucy representing X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent stars Loveable Rogues brought their quirky, upbeat indie pop melodies to the stage to a wave of screams.

Professor Green, happy to be back in Leeds

Olly Murs and his infamous dance moves

Girl power was the order of the day, as acts such as Diana Vickers, A*M*E and Tich brought fun and sass to the stage; whilst girlband Stooshe dazzled with hits including “Slip”. And the boys didn’t go down too badly either, with Scouting For Girls playing tune after tune from their Greatest Hits album and John Newman wowing effortlessly with his number one hit “Love Me Again”. John revealed that he attended Party in the Park previously as a fan. He added that the concert was a “big highlight” in the city’s calendar, and it was great to see so many “big acts in one day”. Currently on tour with Robbie Williams, Olly Murs jetted into Leeds from Germany and even managed to bring some good weather on stage with him, the rain halting for the X Factor star to blitz through hits such as “Dear Darlin”.

Britain's Got Talent stand outs- Loveable Rogues

Olly Murs backstage 

It’s safe to say that boy band Blue’s reunion was a resounding success. The weather may have been wet and miserable but the four-piece’s Hawaiian shirts certainly brightened the atmopshere, even before they started reeling off hits from their impressive back catalogue. 

The cheeky popsters charmed the crowd and wowed with classic hits such as “All Rise” and even dropped in the odd new song. Undeniably likeable, the quartet has definitely still got it and were highlight of the afternoon.

John Newman backstage at Party In The Park

Dizzee Rascal

This year’s Party In The Park was closed out by non other than Dizzee Rascal and he certainly knows how to get the crowd going, no matter how drenched they were by this point. Dizzee’s unique blend of grime, bassline and hip-hop sent the afternoon off in style (even throwing in new single “Goin’ Crazy”). 

An unstoppable on stage force, the London rapper bounded up and down stage; he may have had to wait around all afternoon before getting up there and he was certainly making the most of it.

X Factor's Lucy Spraggan

And, as the thousands of fans left Temple Newsham Party In The Park was done for another year and we think it may have just been the best one yet. Pretty hard to top but we already can’t wait for next year’s.

Blue dressed for summer on stage in Leeds


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Live photo credit: Danny Peart 

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