Pop fans enjoyed a brolly good show as a host of stars wowed the rain-sodden but adoring crowds at Party in the Park 2013.
The heavens opened several times during the day, but it certainly didn’t put off the tens of thousands of revellers who made their way to Temple Newsam Park yesterday for the annual musical spectacular.
Blistering performances on stage – and a brisk trade in plastic macs off it – ensured everyone was smiling.
Top of the bill was Dizzee Rascal, who had said before his performance: “The reason I make music is to play shows like Party in the Park. The people in the north know how to have a good time!”
Former X-Factor runner-up Olly Murs was among the performers kicking off the show.
Another X-Factor star, Lucy Spraggan, showcased her trademark down-to-earthness to carry on undeterred after some technical issues. She played an acoustic version of her hit song Last Night (Beer Fear) which has notched up 23 million hits on YouTube.
Lucy told the crowd: “Oh my Gosh. Hello Leeds! This is the biggest show I’ve ever played in my whole life!”
Also on the bill were re-formed boy band Blue, returning to Leeds’s Party in the Park more than a decade after they first performed there.
Olivia Preston, 13, who travelled to the event from Bradford with her mum Tracey, said: “It’s a bit of a birthday treat as I will be turning 14 in two days. I’m here for Dizzee Rascal, but I loved Scouting for Girls and Professor Green’s performances.”
Tracey said: “We did get caught in the rain a bit, but we dried off, and it’s been worth it.
“I came to see Blue. I’ve been a big fan from the start!”
Traffic bound for the event had caused lengthy delays in both directions in and out of Leeds.
An alcohol ban in the arena helped ensure the family-friendly pop party, organised by Leeds City Council and Radio Aire, remained trouble free. However, not everyone was happy, with one reveller telling the YEP: “We are having a good time – but why is there no beer tent?”
Around 70,000 people traditionally attend Party in the Park. However, the council decided to charge £10 for tickets this year for the formerly free-to-attend event.