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post Feb 11 2016, 08:17 AM
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Henley Festival adds Shirley Bassey, Elvis Costello, Bryn Terfel, & Will Young http://ift.tt/1XkoUXt via eFestivals
10:30 p.m. - 10 Feb 2016


Will closes the festival on the Sunday evening.
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post Feb 11 2016, 09:27 AM
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i enjoyed @henleyfestival so much I'm thrilled to say I'm doing it again! July 10 onsale Fri http://bit.ly/1otQaqL
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post Feb 11 2016, 04:07 PM
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Thanks for keeping us up to date with all his upcoming gigs TT. biggrin.gif
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post Feb 11 2016, 09:28 PM
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It's my pleasure munchkin. Is this one you can get to?
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post Feb 12 2016, 10:04 AM
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It's my pleasure munchkin. Is this one you can get to?


It is do-able but I'm not so fussed about outdoor gigs any more.
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post Jul 10 2016, 06:46 PM
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Scott Gerald Parker
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Well @willyoung is going to smash it tonight

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Even the staff stop to watch Will Young's sound check @henleyfestival it's a great evening for it


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post Jul 12 2016, 06:13 PM
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5* review and a new fan.

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Now to the main event of the evening. Will Young, who was closing the evening and the entire festival. Will was performing on The Floating Stage which is so named because the stage was built mostly on the actual river with the audience on the river bank. The seated areas were either on the lawn in front of the stage or the grandstand, the grandstand being the most expensive ticket. I obviously knew who Will Young was as I had watched Pop Idol together with most people my age and his song Leave Right Now was one of the most played songs the year it was released. But I had never really sat down and paid full attention to his other music. So…prior to this night, I binged listened to Will Young without barely coming up for air so that I knew what to expect. Well..Will had a lot more songs I knew than I had realised and his new album 85% Proof was very impressive. I could not find a bad song on there, no fillers at all, so this made me especially excited for his show.



From the minute his band arrived on stage the crowd were cheering. Running to the microphone, he started with the song Joy. The audience sang along whilst large beach balls were floating on the stage. Love Revolution, one of my favourites, was the next song and most people stood up during this, which was hardly surprising with it being such an upbeat song. Will addressed the audience telling them how happy he was to be back at Henley Festival, his home town, and how his father lives on the other side of the river. Will has such a great, fun personality with a typical British sense of humour, so had the audience howling throughout, myself included. Stories about his dad walking around the festival with him debating whether some lady was wearing knickers or not and later texting Will at midnight to say “ You know, I don’t think she was wearing knickers.” Hilariously, Will’s mother had been banned for life from Henley Regatta for purposefully jumping in a puddle to ruin a lady's white dress back in her youth. With many other funny stories, Will entertained the crowd the entire evening and even sang Happy Birthday to a fan in the front row.

Will’s vocals are just as perfect as they sound on his studio recordings. His tone is so unique and beautiful that he was a joy to listen to. He made use of his stage with little dance moves and he waved to the audience throughout – giving a shout out too to ticket holders who were stood at the side of the lawn area. Will’s band and backing singers were also amazing, giving us a flawless performance in a perfect summer evening setting. It was lovely to see people on their boats dancing and there were crowds of people over the other side of the river too. At one point in the evening, Will asked everyone to get their phones out to shine them and making them sway them in the air, side to side, up and down and all around. Even the people on the boats and other side of the river had their phones shining which I doubt he knew and it was truly spectacular to witness.

The set list was a lovely mix of his big hits as well as album tracks. We were treated with probably, most peoples' favourite songs and, as the night went on, people got merrier and more confident to get up and dance. Everyone sang along to songs such as Light My Fire, Leave Right Now and Jealousy with Will often holding the microphone to the crowd to hear them sing. We were also treated with a rendition of Evergreen which was Will’s winning song on Pop Idol and was not originally on the set list. The encore saw Will returning to stage on a mobility scooter with a fixed keyboard doing a cover version of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance.

I simply could not fault Will's performance and am so glad that I went. As someone who was neither a fan, or not a fan prior to this show, I can most certainly say that I am now a Will Young fan and would definitely go to see him perform live again. I even overheard a guest saying that she had attended all five nights of the festival and that Will Young was the best performer by far.

His show was certainly not average, I don’t think you could ever call that average!

The night closed with a spectacular show of Fireworks over the river followed by a performance from comedian The Boy With Tape On His Face on The Comedy Stage who I sadly had to miss due to travel commitments but I hear he is fantastic.

Set List

Joy
Love Revolution
Runaway
Light My Fire
(The Doors cover)
Thank You
Changes
Who Am I
You and I
Grace
Switch It On
Leave Right Now

Encore:

Let's Dance
(David Bowie cover)
Your Game
Jealousy
All Time Love
Evergreen


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post Jul 19 2016, 08:03 AM
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Great review from the Henley Standard.



Will shows he’s still every bit a pop idol

Published 18/07/16

WILL Young provided an evening of comedic value on top of his vocal talents.

The singer, who first shot to fame winning Pop Idol in 2002, interspersed his set with a string of stories and anecdotes that had people rolling in the aisles.

He opened with the upbeat Joy and Love Revolution while encouraging the crowd to jump around as much as he was on stage.

Sections of the audience obliged until he smoothly transitioned to a gentle and precise rendition of his Doors cover Light My Fire.

After this Young explained his family background in Henley. His storytelling was effortless, charming and genuinely funny — though it helps when the anecdote involves jumping in a puddle to ruin someone’s dress at Henley Royal Regatta.


He finished the first portion of his set with his last number one single, Leave Right Now, released in 2003.

It was soulful, with Young performing a version that had the crowd waving their arms in appreciation — showing that he is still every bit the pop idol.

After a rousing round of applause the band returned to the stage for an encore, followed by Young himself riding a mobility scooter bedecked in flashing lights. Equipped with its own microphone and keyboard, it somehow suited Young’s rousing performance of Davie Bowie’s Let’s Dance, which transitioned into his own Your Game.

Partway through, he downed a pint of Brakspear — as he had earlier promised to do. Though not quite the speed of a university student, it was an impressive feat.

He rounded off his set with a rendition of Jealousy followed by an acoustic version of his first number one, Evergreen.

It was as enjoyable when Young edged out Gareth Gates in the telephone vote as the nation sat glued to their screens.

You would think 14 years in the industry would wear out the vocal cords, but Young’s performance was absolutely top notch.

The key might be downing a pint of Brakspear to keep those vocal cords lubricated, but you’d have to ask Young to confirm that!

Review: Connor McLoughlin


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