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British Summer Time Music Festival in Hyde Park

I couldn’t believe our good fortune three weeks ago when we scored tickets to see Elton John at the British Summer Time music festival in Hyde Park for only £22 each. £22 to see one of my favorite artists? And in Hyde Park, no less! Really, only one (living) band could have topped that and they played the same weekend. If only I’d had an extra £150 to see the The Rolling Stones…

Anyway, I was fully prepared to make one of those memories that come to mind when someone says the word surreal, when I found out that Elton had to cancel due to health issues. To make up for the change in plans, the festival gave us our tickets for free, and we managed to get free tickets for Sunday as well. (Free is good, but a future evening with Elton would have been better!) Despite the fact that the main headliner had to cancel, we still had one heck of a time! A weekend lounging around in the sunshine and listening to live music is pretty hard to beat, in my opinion.

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

On both Friday and Sunday, we got to Hyde Park early to get dinner. The British Summer Time music festival took place in the south corner, cordoned off by tall walls from the rest of the park. Inside the walls were multiple different stages, including the big stage for the headliners, carnival rides, and lots and lots of places to get food.

These were, very likely, the most unhealthy dinners I’ve had since arriving here, but fair food is fair food. I can’t turn it down. Of course, British fair food is quite different than American fair food. I’m used to fried Twinkies (or fried anything, really) and corn-on-the-cob and funnel cakes and corn dogs the length of your forearm. British fair food will clog your arteries just as fast, but with an international twist. We had the choice, among other things, of Dutch cuisine, Italian, Spanish tapas, and of course, fish and chips. We ate the calorie equivalent of two meals for dinner each time and didn’t even feel bad about it. Lexie was able to swing her calories off on the carousel swings. Calzones + too much movement would have equaled a big mistake for me, so I stayed on the ground.

While waiting for the bands to start playing, we took some family pictures that started out like this…

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

and quickly turned into this…

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

Lex is just like me – more than one picture and the crazy starts coming out. I think this was her imitating me when I’m hangry, aka so hungry that it makes me angry. I get that way every three hours or so.

On Friday, a few minutes before Elvis Costello took the stage, we headed over to the main stage to find a good spot to stretch out. The crowds were low on Friday, presumably due to the fact that Elton John wouldn’t be performing, so we were able to sit within viewing distance of the performances, but far enough away that we could lay down in the grass without getting trampled.

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

Just being outside around so many other people who were also enjoying the day and the music made me so happy to be living in London. I felt relaxed for the first time since we got here. I’m generally a happy person, but I love those moments when I really recognize that I’m happy.

Over the course of the weekend, we saw a handful of local bands, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies (frontman for The Kinks), Jennifer Lopez, and Lionel Richie. My favorite, by a long shot, was Ray Davies. He mainly played music from his solo career, but when he’d play an oldie by The Kinks, it would almost make up for the fact that we weren’t getting to see Elton John.

Lexie’s favorite was J.Lo, no big surprise there since she’s more Lexie’s musical style than mine. I’m not gonna lie though, when she sang Waiting For Tonight, it brought back all the 1999 memories and I was 15 again singing right along the rest of the crowd.

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

On Sunday for J.Lo and Lionel Richie, the crowds were crazy, so we had to watch from further back on the big screen. It was a little funny seeing everyone go nuts for J.Lo. I don’t remember her being such a big thing in the US, but here she draws the big crowds!

There was a notable difference between the kind of people we saw at the British Summer Time music festival on Friday than on Sunday. Friday’s group was older and more chilled out. Sunday’s crowd got rowdy! When an intense girl fight broke out right next to us, after whipping out our cameras (just kidding!), we decided it was time to go. At least I know where I fit in. I’ll take an outdoor concert with old hippies over the club crowd any day!

British Summer Time Music Festival In Hyde Park

Overall, best weekend I’ve had in a really long time. I’ve felt so burdened by various things since we found out we were moving. This weekend brought me back – no more worrying about bills or houses to sell. Those things will work themselves out. It’s time to concentrate on the good. (Cory is shaking his head right now because this is what he’s been trying to tell me since we got here.) I can’t wait for the British Summer Time music festival again next year!

British Summer Time Music Festival: Website
Address: Westminster, London W2 2UH

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  • Anna Catherine
    August 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    So neat!! Our county fair is my favorite week of the year, so this post speaks to me :-)

  • Kerry
    July 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Sounds like a fun day or days out! You guys are such a cute family :)
    I am glad you are relaxing more and feeling settled, it takes time for that to happen but you’re doing so well!!

  • Emmymom
    July 24, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    That is a great price to be able to see all those bands. Love love your pictures, sounds like it was a great weekend and glad you had a fun time and were able to finally relax.

  • Ashlee - I'll Love You Forever
    July 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Oh my goodness, this sounds like so much fun! I love feeling like I am there on the sideline watching you guys. Great pictures! Yay for fair food, haha. You guys look fantastic! So glad it was a fun time! xo

  • Diana Bockus
    July 23, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    That is awesome! I can’t agree more – you definitely can’t go wrong with free tickets to live music! The pictures came out great! Glad things are coming together! :)

  • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    July 23, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Lovely pictures! I am so loving your view from the other side of the world! And that hangry face is too funny! I think I have the same one! ;)

  • Shaylynn
    July 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Well that’s all way too much fun for one person to have in one weekend, let alone 3:) I’m sorry Elton John didn’t make it, but you can’t beat the free-ness, right?

    That girl fight though, I would have filmed it totally.. because I’m one of those people.

  • Natalie
    July 21, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    That looks like so much fun! I am so glad you got to experience it!

  • Alyx
    July 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Now hold on just a second!! YOU SAW J-LO AND LIONEL RICHIE FOR FREE?!?!? I mean, yeah it sucks that you didn’t get to hear “Tiny Dancer” live, but that’s still pretty freakin’ sweet!

    And I love the family pics. :)

  • Jamie Sefcik
    July 20, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    So much summer fun going on over here! That concert looks like SO much fun!!

  • Postcards from Rachel
    July 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    This looks like a lot of fun! I haven’t been to a music festival or concert in ages… I would have loved to see J. Lo and Lionel Richie. :)

  • Janette Johanson
    July 19, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Wow, wouldn’t that have been cool to see Elton in person!! The fair looked like it was a lot of fun!! I’m sure I’d have scooted fast out of there when the rowdy crew showed up too. You and Lexie are gonna start having to tell people that you are Mother and Daughter and not sisters b/c she is quickly approaching the look of your younger sister– ya’ll look so happy!!

  • Rebecca
    July 18, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    what a fantastic time you guys had, looks like a blast! Even though you did not get to see Elton, you still saw some great people! I love going to concerts, some of the best were at the old Starwood in Smyrna, we saw so many great singers there and it was so fun just hanging out on the grass! From your photos, looks like your getting some great sunny days! Glad you’re having fun and yeah, everything will work itself out!

  • Tammy Chrzan
    July 18, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    I’ve never been to a carnival in England unless it was on the Air Force base and by what you explained, the kids and I will be hitting one… I was sad to hear that Elton was ill, he’s one of my favorites and he must be getting on in age and well… I’m not having it! He’s not allowed to get sick! Now with that said, the rest of the line up sounded pretty awesome! Especially Lionel, that would have brought back a lot of 80’s memories. And by the way, you and your husband look way too young to be having an 11 year old daughter, or wait… did she just turn 12? I have 5 kids of my own, you know I can barely remember my name… haha… Anyway, no carbs for you for a week to burn off that fair food… I kid I kid!

    Looks like a great time, loved the post and the photos!

  • Impulsive Addict
    July 18, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    JLo? I love JLo!! Lex has GREAT taste! I’m not a fan of Elton. Can we still be friends? I wanna go to the fair! Any fair! And I’ll eat my weight in fair food because I love it. And I usually drink my weight in alcohol too which is not a good thing which is probably why I don’t attend very many fairs!

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re having a good time my friend!

  • Nicole
    July 18, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    I absolutely love going to festivals like this, and eating all of the fair food! Our fair starts in 2 weeks and I’ve been craving a funnel cake something fierce! I’m glad you were able to relax and enjoy yourself…you guys are living a fantastic life right now that not a lot of people get to experience. We just get to live vicariously through you and your great pictures :) And I love seeing the more goofy pics of Lexie-so funny! And I think each of us can get a little hangry once in awhile ;)

  • Connie Weiss
    July 18, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    I love Lionel Richie!!

    That looks like so much fun. I’m glad that you’re feeling relaxed and happy and enjoying your new home.

  • Jo
    July 18, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I’m so glad you had such a great time, despite the main act ‘pulling a sicky’. Evis Costelo is heading our way soon.

    Hope you are enjoying the great weather!