CHART-TOPPING artists, legends of the music industry and exciting newcomers all shone brightly at the Newham Under The Stars concert in east London last weekend.

Nearly 7,000 people turned out in Central Park in East Ham to see a wide array of artists deliver blockbuster performances from diverse music acts, which included a strong line-up of young talent.

SOUND SUCCESS: (Above) Dr Zeus (centre) and his team with Newham Under The Stars hosts Nadia Ali (fourth from left) and Anj Baig (right), other performers and Rokhsana Fiaz (fifth from left) at the event; (right) Dr Zeus and Zora Randhawa; and (far right) Mumzy Stranger

Hosted by radio personality Nadia Ali and DJ/rapper Anj Baig, the event last Friday night (17) opened with a performance by high-energy dance group 4ALL2ENVY Entertainment and dynamite drummers Dhol Frequency.

BBC Asian Network host Nadia Ali with Asjad.

Brilliant band Side Partition then delivered wonderful performance, which included their unique spin on hit Bollywood songs and they were followed by singer Avina Shah, who has been riding high on the success of her recent song Playboy.

After that, popular singer Mumzy Stranger, who lives locally, turned up the heat with a magnificent set featuring hot young talents Nish, Rupika and DJ Kye before introducing his bhangra star pal H-Dhami on stage for a turbo-charged performance that had everyone dancing.


Rameet Sandhu with Asjad.

Scottish singer Rameet Sandhu took to the stage next and had thousands in the crowd jumping to her tunes. She returned to join headline act Dr Zeus, who lit up the stage with his biggest live set ever in the UK, which was loaded with superb special guests from start to finish. They included DJ Harpz on the decks, a surprise appearance by YouTube  phenomenon Rahim Pardesi and chart-topping singing sensation Zora Randhawa. The red-hot set also featured the singers Rajveer, Manny Kooner, Ezu and Preet Singh along with music legends Bhota Jagpal, Kam Frantic and Juggy Kular.

Dr Zeus told me his blockbuster performance was very much for the fans.

“As soon as I stepped on stage, the amazing energy of the audience just gave me the biggest high. The crowd was magnificent. I was proud of my team and dedicate the set to all the fans in the UK who have been with me from the beginning of my journey,” said Zeus.

The evening concert also included a charity collection for the Magpie Project, which provides help to parents and children under five at risk of homelessness. There were an array of stalls at the family friendly event, including a free photobooth and free henna from top artists.

This was one of four concerts that happened across four days in the east London borough as part of Newham Under The Stars, with newly elected mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE leading a team which delivered the four-day extravaganza.


“What a tremendous collective effort from an incredible range of artists who lit up Newham’s Under The Stars. And, of course, my biggest stars were our local residents who created such an amazing atmosphere in response to the great musical performances across four days,” she said.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming everyone to another music Under The Stars extravaganza in Newham next year,” she said.

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