Battersea Power Station held its inaugural annual party last night, with Sir Elton John delivering a stirring performance to an audience of thousands beneath the famous chimneys of London’s legendary Battersea Power Station. The celebrated ‘Rocket Man’ rolled back the years, blasting through a string of classics including The One, Your Song, and The Greatest Discovery, whilst also showcasing selected tracks from last year’s critically acclaimed album The Diving Board.
The gig, inside one of the UK’s most recognisable landmarks, was the focal point of the party held to thank everyone that has made the Battersea development a reality and bring together people from across the community. Musical support came from 2013 BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice winner Tom Odell. The singer-songwriter, a confessed Elton John fanatic, performed tracks from his UK No.1 debut record Long Way Down, including top 10 UK hit Another Love.
Celebrities were out in force on the evening, including appearances from Grace Jones, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Tom Daley, Eliza Doolittle, Sharleen Spiteri, Philip Treacy, Jack Whitehall & Gemma Chan, Will Young, Lily James, Sally Greene, Theo Hutchcraft, Lorraine Pascale, Luke Evans, Luke Treadaway, Thomasina Miers, Nicky Haslam, Jade Parfitt, Ben Goldsmith, Sir David Tang, Detmar Blow, Erdem, Thom Evans, James Haskell, Patrick Grant, Alan Yentob, Lilah Parsons, Zara Martin, Diana Vickers, George Craig and David Morrissey.
Other entertainment at the star-studded event included a dazzling 4D light show on the façade of the Power Station, chronicling its history and showcasing its future. Food was supplied by London restaurants L’Anima, Benares, Brindisa and Caravan, with Veuve Clicquot and Fiji Water supplying the drinks.
Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “Hosting a performance, on behalf of the shareholders and everyone that is helping restore this famous London landmark, from one of the best-loved and most-renowned British recording artists of all time at of one of the UK’s most iconic buildings was a great occasion.
“Thank you to Sir Elton John for a stunning show at our first party to celebrate the remarkable heritage of the site and recognise the efforts of so many people to create a new vibrant community at Battersea Power Station. The power is definitely back on at Battersea.”