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Summer may be the season of sun, sand and standing ovations for Cliff Richard at Wimbledon – but it’s also the time of year where huge artists perform spectacular concerts at enormous open-air venues.  Something about the alfresco element seems to bring a touch of magic so here are the AVC Immedia Team’s most unforgettable gigs in the great outdoors!

Euan McMorrow – Content Director

Oasis at Loch Lomond 1996

A sunny summer’s day – a gorgeous location and Oasis who were at their peak. It felt like everyone wanted to be there and I was privileged that I was. The music was amazing, everyone in the crowd knew every word of the every song. There was an optimism in the air that night. At it’s height, Britpop was an exciting time, bands making great music and having a real edge and attitude that “ordinary people” like me could identify with. This night summed that up, songs that meant something and great times with friends. All with the loch’s stunning views and the hills of the Highlands appearing in the distance.

Michaela Power - Presenter

Prince at Wembley,  Wham! The Final at Wembley (snuck in with a friend from school, didn’t even pay!) The Three Tenors in Hyde Park, where it rained. A lot. One of the guests was kind enough to give my mum his ‘cashmere’ coat to cover her – it got ruined but he was a gentleman about it! Then, recently, Culture Club, Bananarama and Lulu at Kenwood.

John Trevorrow – Finance Director

Ed Sheehan – Wembley

Ed Sheeran was amazing at Wembley stadium. Taking out the music, the way he worked the crowd for atmosphere was second to none. Shooting flames and fireworks linked to the music were also quite spectacular.

I also though his idea of a stage set in the middle of the stadium that revolved so that he was singing to all people all of the time was a fantastic idea.

Chris Kinch – IT & Networks Manager

The best outdoor gig I have been to is the concert at the kings which was a local event to me in All Cannings. It was a very hot day in 2012 with quite a line-up.  BRIAN MAY, MIKE & THE MECHANICS, MIDGE URE, TOM ROBINSON, THE SWEET – it was so hot that the bar tent ran out of beer!

Ross Penney – CEO

Neil Young – Hyde Park

Sadly I’ve never seen Rush play outside so my vote goes to Neil Young at Hyde Park with Pearl Jam as his backing band – Rockin’ in the Free World for sure 😊

Neil Dow – Business Development Executive

Oasis – Murrayfield

Mine would have to be Oasis at Murrayfield with Kasabian supporting.

Just googled it & The Enemy & Reverend & the Makers were the other support – what a gig!

Helen Warner – Client and Content Manager

It’s a toss up between Stevie Wonder at Hyde Park and Prince at Hop Farm.  Both of them are just fantastic showmen and incredibly talented musicians.  Seeing them jump between instruments and belt out hit after hit (not to mention the 4 encores Prince did – that man had stamina!)  The atmosphere was like being at an enormous party with thousands of newly made best friends.  Dancing in a field never felt so good!!

Sophie Gellender – Marketing Executive

It’s pretty hard to pick!

It would either be seeing Avicii (R.I.P) at Electric Daisy Carnival in Milton Keynes – who knew how to put on a brilliant show without fail or Tiesto for being the longstanding legend that he is. Tiesto is one of those acts that seeing him live reminds you why he is such a well known DJ to this day, his shows are always mega and very immersive.