James Blunt crowdsurfs in a rubber dinghy – and other things we learned at Radio 2 Hyde Park show

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James Blunt to sail over the audience at the Radio 2 Hyde Park festival on Sunday – precariously perched inside of a boat.

The star’s unusual take on crowdsurfing has arrived at the end of a mid-afternoon set, which featured the hit song you’re Beautiful, Bonfire Heart and 1973.

But it came to a bad end, when the Union Jack dinghy overturned about 30 rows from the stage.

“Can we have him please?” the presenter Ken Bruce asked the crowd.

Blunt later emerged unharmed, and after posing for selfies with (a few) to 35,000 spectators.
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Radio 2 rain-soaked “festival in a day” also saw performances from Stereophonics, Rick Astley, Emeli Sande and Blondie.

And country star Shania Twain gave her first UK performance in 13 years, receiving a rapturous reception from fans who had been waiting for his return.

The singer has been out of use for several years after the development of dysphonia, an ailment where the muscles squeeze the voice box.

But, going through a trapdoor in the stage in Hyde Park, he seemed reinvigorated.

Declaring: “London is my favorite city… ever!!!” launched into hit after hit, including That does not Impress Me Much and Man! I Feel Like A Woman.

As he played his signature ballad, Still, the audience linked arms and swayed together to the song.

There were a lot of memorable moments backstage, too. Here are five of the best stories we heard.

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When not crowdsurfing on Hyde Park, James Blunt is to support his friend and co-writer Ed Sheeran on his tour of the UNITED states.

“Very calm,” she says of life on the road with the world’s biggest pop star. “Let’s drink the tea. You watch the television series – I can’t think of that one, but we take it very easy.”

In the last three months, however, he noticed a large disparity between his show and of And.

“I have five people in my band, has a loop pedal. He is not only a great musician, but a great business man, too.

“It feels very inefficient to me, and my band, and stand there nervously, waiting to be fired.”

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