Live Report: Morgan Wallen – BST Hyde Park, London

A modern country great...

Becoming the first country artist to grab a headline spot at American Express presents BST Hyde Park’s line-up [amongst SZA, Shania Twain, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, and more] Morgan Wallen took to the stage in front of 50,000 fans in the heart of London and delivered a night to remember. Admittedly, this was my first country show. But it was everything you’d want it to be. A sea of cowboy hats, beers, denim, and checkered shirts having nothing but an exceptional time – the ultimate hoedown showdown! Falling in conjunction with America’s Independence Day and the UK’s election day, it’s safe to say emotions were running high. 

As country music continues its global domination, Morgan Wallen has carved a sound that laces elements of hip-hop and country effortlessly. Following a day of unmissable performances from Alana Springsteen who shutdown the Rainbow Stage, Riley Green whose Great Oak Stage performance has been doing the rounds on TikTok, inevitably joined Ella Langley for their hit single “you look like you love me”. A true celebration of country music Ernest, Alexandra Kay, Abbie Mac, Zandi Holup, The Halfway Kid, and Evan Bartels each added to the electric atmosphere that took over Hyde Park on July 4th

As 8:20pm was swiftly approaching, fans began to gather around the Great Oak Stage [main stage] for a good viewing spot eagerly waiting for Morgan Wallen’s arrival. In true style, the star floored fans in an all-white denim outfit as he swaggered his way from the dressing room to the stage for everyone to see. Welcomed with an outcry of 50,000 people that rumour has it, could’ve been heard from the other side of the city, Wallen began his two-hour set with ‘Ain’t That Some’. 

Gifting fans with a set-list of dreams, ‘You Proof’, ‘Sand in My Boots’, ’98 Braves’, ‘This Bar’, ‘Cowgirls’, amongst others and of course fan-favourite single ‘I Had Some Help’ with superstar Post Malone [who unfortunately wasn’t in attendance] echoed through the grounds. Giving fans a look at his latest release ‘Lies Lies Lies’, Morgan ended the set with his 2016 break-out single ‘The Way I Talk’. Gearing up for his return later this year with a UK & EU tour, Morgan Wallen solidifies his global status with a show that’ll be spoken about for time to come. Yeehaw!

Words: Elle Evans
Photo Credit: Isha Shah Photography, JRC McCord Photography

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