hmv.com reviews... McBusted @ British Summer Time
The McBusted train made its last stop over the weekend, headlining a huge show at Hyde Park as part of British Summer Time, but how did it go?
McBusted, the super group that's part McFly, part McBusted, all awesome.
BST Hyde Park (Barclaycard British Summer Time).
Any good supports?
As well as some early sets from Scouting For Girls and The Vamps, both of which kept the crowd bubbling away happily, the main support act of the night was the Backstreet Boys. Bursting onto the stage amid a deafening roar (especially from the female contingent), the guys launched into a scorching mix of old classics ('I Want It That Way', 'Backstreet’s Back') and their new, more acoustic stuff (Madeleine). Livewire member A.J McLean was typically chatty, and although some of the banter was verging on cheesy, the lads still kept the crowd dancing – even when the torrential rain flooded in.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The atmosphere at Hyde Park, where capacity is a whopping 50,000 sets of feet, was nothing short of thunderous – and that isn’t a reference to the beautiful British weather! The energy was high throughout the entire day, and the happy mood totally infectious. Everyone was there to have fun, and everyone did that in adundance.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
After a brilliant Back To The Future-style opening video, James Bourne and Matt Willis (the Busted chunk of the band) were winched down to the stage in a DeLorean, while Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry “the arms” Judd burst up through the floor. As entrances go, it was, as the boys themselves would say “pretty epic”.
Getting stuck straight into the bouncy, pop-rock flavour that the fans were there to hear, the first song was the energetic 'Air Hostess', and they followed that with three more Busted tracks before slipping into McFly’s first Number One 'Five Colours In her Hair'. The boys were buzzing with energy and clearly loving every single second, which translated brilliantly into their performance. After a few minutes hiatus halfway through the show, during which there was another hilarious video featuring the lads as a bunch of rednecks, they reappeared on a UFO-style stage in the midst of the crowd and burst into their huge hit 'Star Girl'.
Slightly surprising but ecstatically received was the chucklesome 'Thunderbirds Are Go', and there wasn’t a single person not singing along to 'Shine A Light'. The boys rounded off the show with Busted’s biggest hit 'Year 3000', by which time the rain-sodden ground had been torn to muddy shreds by all the tens of thousands of jumping feet.
Any good between song banter?
The boys kept the banter rolling in-between the songs, effortlessly scoring cheers and delighted laughter from their rapt audience. McFly's Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter, especially, had no trouble holding the 50,000-strong crowd in the palm of their hands.
Did they put on much of a show?
With a DeLorean, UFO stage, fireworks, confetti and a collection of extremely funny videos, the boys made it clear that they’d literally thought of everything. It was 100 per cent awesome entertainment, from start to end.
What was the highlight of the set?
While hits like 'Five Colours In Her Hair' and 'Year 3000' were undeniably awesome, the boys’ cover of the Jackson 5’s 'I Want You Back' was a real mood lifter, as was the moment they all ran back onstage wearing wedding dresses. If there’s fun to be found, McBusted will be there digging it up with both hands. The glare coming off all the toothy grins in the crowd almost rivalled the sun, which was kind enough to cast a rainbow above the stage before setting in for the night.
Where can I catch them next?
The McBusted tour has now finished, but James Bourne did let slip on stage that the boys have indeed been writing some new music together. After the huge and well-deserved success of this tour, it’s very much a case of watch this space.