I was lucky enough to score 1 of 3000 tickets to Prince Harry’s Sentebale charity concert hosted at Kensington Palace. Entertainers for this special event were among the likes of Coldplay, Laura Mvula, Nico & Vinz, George The Poet and a choir of 12 children from Lesotho, Africa, accompanied by Joss Stone. Despite the typical British bad weather and the political tension left in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the Sentebale Concert was a ray of hope, showcasing British (and royal) support for humanitarian efforts.
After visiting Lesotho on his gap year, Prince Harry recognised the issue amongst orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and decided to act on it. Thus with the support of Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso, they set up Sentebale to aid the psychosocial problems caused by the epidemic as well as provide medical support and education to sufferers.
To enjoy a range of entertainers in support of tackling the effects of an epidemic often left out of the headlines was a humble pleasure.
To start the main performances there was a surprise visit from Joss Stone singing with a wonderful choir of children who had specially flown in from Lesotho, Africa.
Other entertainers supporting Sentebale were Nico & Vinz, Laura Mvula and George The Poet.
After a short speech from HRH Prince Harry, he then introduced the most anticipated act of the rainy night.
Coldplay emerged bringing a kaleidoscope of colours with them, shaking the rain off the audience with an upbeat, heart-warming performance, fitting for such an event.
Chris Martin buzzed with energy (probably left over from their monumental Glastonbury set) and excitement. He often made witty jokes to Prince Harry’s and the crowd, even asking him and the rest of the crowd to crouch down and jump up at the count of 5 during Adventure of A Lifetime.
Combining the highlights of their recent tour in one setlist, the crowd of fans sang favourites ‘Fix You’ and ‘Viva La Vida’ in the pouring rain.
Although a cold and wet night, hearts were warmed by the compassion and support shown for the first Sentebale concert. For more information on how to support this cause visit http://sentebale.org/