The legendary Godfather of Soul produced an extraordinary performance in the Main Space tonight. Part traditional soul show, part spectacular celebration of funk with a huge supporting cast.
James Brown's band slowly whipped the crowd up into a frenzy and twenty minutes later Mr. Dynamite himself finally appears on stage decked out in a shimmering electric blue suit. Before long he's demonstrating why he's the hardest working man in show business with his vocal shrieks and trademark slippery dance moves. Next, Max Beasley joins in the fun at the piano for a rendition of 'Georgia'.
The stage is packed - there's a brass section, two drummers, a percussionist, keyboards, guitarists - of whom provide superb musicianship - as well as several stunning backing singers, two dancing girls in J.B. hot pants and a compare. James is later joined by The Sugababes who provide deep harmonies over James' high pitched vocals.
The highlight of the night comes towards the end as a full gospel choir come on stage and provide an incredible vocal performance. But it's the old favourites like 'Rock Your Body', 'Soul Man' and 'Sex Machine' that really get everybody in the house wiggling their hips, dancing in the aisles and getting down with the funk.
An unforgettable night.