July 22, 2008

Sun Shines for the West’s Big Musical Beach Party ; Despite Looming Clouds the Sun Kept Shining As Pop Royalty and 45,000 People Descended on Weston-Super-Mare for the Biggest Beach Party of the Year.

By Aleisha Scott [email protected]

Despite looming clouds the sun kept shining as pop royalty and 45,000 people descended on Weston-super-Mare for the biggest beach party of the year.

The T4 On The Beach concert attracted its biggest audience ever yesterday with some of the biggest music acts and television stars.

The concert, held by Channel Four weekend show T4, is the largest event in the resort's calendar with pop lovers travelling from across the country.

Tickets for the show sold out in just a few weeks and acts included Robyn, Sam Sparro, The Feeling, Feeder and Sugababes.

American R'n'B star Ne-Yo made a big impact while the crowd loved Duffy and boy band favourites McFly.

Headlining the show was Kelly Rowland who looked stunning as she closed the show with a medley of hits by her former band Destiny's Child.

Also enjoying the event backstage was supermodel Agyness Deyn, as well as the casts of Hollyoaks, EastEnders and Shameless.

Anti-pop was provided by The Guillemots and Reverend and the Makers as well as The Zutons who failed to impress the audience and were booed for seemingly lip-synching.

T4 presenter Steve Jones has fronted the concert for the past five years but says this weekend's event was the best.

"The crowd were absolutely unbelievable," he said.

"I did not think it could get any better than last year but the audience proved me wrong.

"Last year there were 33,000 people here but this year the audience is at capacity at 45,000, which is amazing. Weston-super- Mare is a great place to have a beach party, it's been lovely weather, a little windy though, so my hair has taken a bit of a battering."

Lead singer of guitar band Scouting For Girls Roy Stride said the last time he came to Weston was as a boy on holiday with his family.

"It's been amazing to perform here, it's a beautiful location and all you can do is look out at the crowd and the sea," he said.

"We've played some really big places and festivals but this is definitely a favourite. I came here as a boy on holiday and I've got lots of great nostalgic memories."

Stine Bramsen from pop band of the moment Alphabeat, who performed their hits Fascination and Boyfriend, said: "There were lots of clouds in the sky but when we came on the sun came out. It's a great place for a gig, I wish we could have played for longer."

Harriet Daniels, 12, from Newton Abbot, brought her dad to the concert, 34-year-old James.

"It's been a great day and Duffy was definitely my favourite," said Harriet. Mr Daniels preferred the Pigeon Detectives.

"They were superb, there's a great atmosphere and I don't feel too old," he said.

Becky Mead, 17, and her friends from Burnham-on-Sea queued for hours for special Golden Circle tickets at the front of the stage.

"This is our third time coming to T4 On The Beach and it's definitely the best yet," she said.

"I loved Kelly Rowland, Ne-Yo and Scouting for Girls because they really got the crowd going. Last year it was raining and really muddy, it was more like Glastonbury.",

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