The Saturdays and Lovable Rogues Perform at Stoke 2012 Live
The second and final day of Stoke 2012 Live continued in Hanley Park this father's day.
Yesterday's rainfall had reduced much of Hanley Park into mud, but luckily the weather today remained fair though it wasn't without a little drizzle in the afternoon.
• GALLERY: Stoke 2012 Live Day 2
As with the day before, crowds of thousands turned out to see an eclectic mix of pop music.
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Labrinth opened the main stage victoriously in the early afternoon.
His hit single 'Let The Sun Shine' never felt more appropriate given the current climate.
Labrinth superfans Neve and Ally were ecstatic, "I've been waiting all weekend for Labrinth, he's my absolute favourite!"
The day continued with numourous acts, some of which had featured upon X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent. 14 year old Britain's Got Talent contestants Be Minor made an appearance wearing bold primary colours.
X-Factor contestants 2 Shoes made an appearance later on in the day. After singing the Michael Jackson cover that made jaws drop on their X-factor audition, the pair announced that they had just been signed to a record label and will be releasing a their debut single in the coming months.
Slowing the pace to a pleasant Sunday afternoon level, Honey Rider performed their own mix of folk pop.
Later on, singer/songwriter Karima Francis proved to be a definite standout, boasting an emotional rawness to her three song set that felt wholly original amongst the rest of the day's proceedings.
Arguably it was Lovable Rogues who gained the most rampant applause from the crowds. Fans and smitten teens had been calling out the band's individual names a good half hour before their set started.
The trio clearly feel strongly for their fan base, as they dodged security to sign autographs and high five the front row after their storming set.
"Yeah it went great," said guitarist/vocalist Eddie Brett, "I did fumble my lines a little bit, but I don't think anybody noticed…"
Lemar had the most confident set, performing songs old and new whilst working the stage like a returning champion.
Before taking to the stage, the former Fame Academy alumni said, "It's great to be in Stoke. It's wet but the people are still up for it".
Headliners, The Saturdays arrived on to the stage at around 8 in the evening. Dressed like Greek goddesses in a style that, admittedly, left little for the imagination, the girl band played four songs including Notorious and Up.
After that, Stoke 2012 Live was over. Mother of 3, Jackie Hilson said, "it was a shame about the weather, but in the end I think it was worth it".
Celebrating father's day, was 46 year old dad Michael Till, "Its been a tiring weekend, but the kids have had fun,".
On his favourite act, he favoured Honey Rider as more his scene, "but I must admit, I did enjoy The Saturdays".
No doubt next year's Stoke 2013 Live will have a lot to live up to.