Lee Evans on Tour
in Hyde Park (London)
Jenkins UK Tour
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Park Concerts - Special one off concert celebrating Nelson Mandela's
90th birthday and promoting his 46664 charity (which was his prisoner
I was quite impressed how well the concert grounds was set up - I was
fortunate to be given the opportunity to sign up as a hotlist guest,
the only problem I had was queuing for the tickets as only a voucher
was sent in the post, so you still had to claim them, we probably
waited for about an hour and then the heavens opened and everybody
queuing for these special tickets got absolutely soaked - can't say I
felt that special at that point in time! ....it did add to the fun...but just as well I wasn't wearing my best suit!
Anyway - we eventually got the concert tickets and we were then able to
find a local bar to order ourselves a drink and something to eat....
along with drying ourselves off.
The gates opened at 4pm for the 46664 Nelson Mandela concert, so we
decided we'd get there at 5pm, as the queuing again would be very off
putting - when we arrived we found that there was a special queue for
the hotlisters, so we were pleased that the queue for these ticket
holders had completely cleared, we walked through and with a very brief
security check we got through (can't say it was a thorough check either
which really surprised me).
We worked our way towards the concert stage, it was nicely positioned
and the vip high unit was also nicely set up which is where Nelson
Mandela and celebrity guests would be seated - at some point through
the night the Prime Minister Gordon Brown would also be arriving. We
found the beer tent so we knew exactly where to go for our beverages!
The gold circle access was included in our hotlist package - this was
special access to the area in front of the stage (we were even closer to the stage than the vip's were!), a special bracelet
had to be worn so that you could gain entry, from the picture above you
can see me in the Gold circle - and what a great place to be, you
couldn't get any closer!!
We got ourselves some drinks and positioned ourselves, at this point we
had half an hour to go before the Nelson Mandela concert would start
There were many great acts and I was surprised to see so much of Will
Smith, and it was great to see him there! The list of acts were as
follows - Amaral, Amy Winehouse, Andrea & Sharon Corr, Annie
Lennox, The children of Agape Choir, Eddy Grant, Emmanuel Jal, Jamelia,
Jivan Gasparyan, Joan Baez, Johhny Clegg, Josh Groban, Kurt Darren,
Leona Lewis, Loyiso, Papa Wemba, Queen & Paul Rodgers,
SAS House Band, Simple Minds, Sipho Mabuze, Soweto Gospel Choir,
Sugababes, Suzanna Owiyo, Will Smith, and Zucchero.
Please find below my gallery, a small selection of my pictures that I took at the event - these are also available
to buy, please contact me for further details.