Let’s stick together
The Hampton Court Palace Festival is in full swing after an opening night with British icon Bryan Ferry... Philippa Hennessy was there
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the iconic artist Bryan Ferry kicked off the opening night at the Hampton Court Palace Festival with renditions of his classic Seventies hits, and tunes from his Roxy Music back catalogue, such as ‘The Main Thing’, ‘Slave to Love’ and ‘Let’s Stick Together’.
And I was lucky enough to be there. Spoilt by a super stylish start to the evening at a champagne and canapé reception in the Little Banqueting House (courtesy of the crew from Plus 1 Comms), I was then ushered to the covered VIP area. Despite the rain and hundreds of festival-goers taking shelter under their brollies, nothing was going to dampen the spirits of Ferry’s loyal fans who zealously embraced the occasion, strutting their stuff and reliving their youth.
The electric atmosphere was a further testament to the strength of our pride in the ‘best of British’, how pertinent therefore, that the festival is staged in the historic courtyard of Henry VIII’s magnificent Tudor palace with its spectacular backdrop.
Revellers are now being treated to three weeks of world-class acts including Rick Astley, Jools Holland, Corinne Bailey Rae, Amy Macdonald, Will Young and the sensational James Morrison. Bryan Ferry will return to play again on June 21. If you can bag a ticket for the finale, you’re in for a memorable evening of fanfare and fireworks whilst The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (aka ‘Britain’s National Orchestra’) will dazzle the audience with a gold-standard performance by its prolific musicians. Us Brits certainly know how to put on a good show.
The Hampton Court Festival runs until 24 June. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com