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Craig David lights up Rochester Castle Gardens with stunning performance and gives heart-felt message to Jess Glynne

Re-wind to yesterday and Rochester Castle Gardens was filled with garage and RnB tunes when Craig David took to the stage.

1990's music fans were fist pumping and jumping inside the historic grounds to the best of his hits last night.

His performance followed Rudimental's who were there on Wednesday night.

Craig David was a hit with the audience
Craig David was a hit with the audience

First up was YouTube sensation Samantha Harvey. The relatively new singer on the scene is known for her covers on social media.

She performed some of her original tracks such as Dominoes and also re-styled some well known songs to get the audience pumped for the main show.

The audience visited the bar, food stalls and purchased their merchandise as she warmed up the stage

About ten minutes after the pop singer had completed her set, Nina Nesbitt and her band were welcomed by an applauding crowd.

Fans danced well into the night listening to the acts perform their hits
Fans danced well into the night listening to the acts perform their hits

Joined by her band the Scottish singer-songwriter performed some of her favourite songs from her new album, The Sun will Come Up, The Seasons will Change.
Her song Loyal To Me was one to get the crowd bopping along, she was a breath of fresh air throughout her set and I loved it so much I downloaded her album straight after the show.
The next wait was the most intense. The MC announced that Craig David was backstage and instructed the audience to cheer, 'we love Craig David'.

His entourage walked onto the stage as lights starting to shine onto the audience and an acoustic version of What If began to play.

Craig David sang a range a new and old tracks
Craig David sang a range a new and old tracks

As he swaggered onto the stage the song dialled up a notch and remixed into the hit song Heartline.

Before moving on the next song he did a small introduction and wished Jess Glynne well after she pulled out due to ill health.

The kind-hearted message was met by a crowd of boos.

The nominee of 14 Brit Awards then stun the crowd with a throwback to his early career, performing his song What's Your Flava.

Nina Nesbitt performed on stage as a warm up act
Nina Nesbitt performed on stage as a warm up act

Throughout the hour and-a-half long show he sang songs of new and old and even performed his well-known BBC Live Lounge remix of Justin Bieber's Love Yourself.

His classic's, 7 Days and Fill Me In, proved to be some of the most popular with the audience all singing along and jumping in the air.

When the set was finally done, the crowd began calling for more and so the star returned to the stage for one more song.

He began with a slowed down version of his 2000 hit Rendezvous which then turned into his Fill Me In remix which was originally done with David Guetta.

Samantha Harvey sang multiple cover tracks
Samantha Harvey sang multiple cover tracks

Before heading off he thanked Rochester for being a great crowd.

The atmosphere was filled with happiness and family friendly vibes with many children and teenagers dancing and singing along.

If you want to get involved with the party there are still tickets up for grabs for tonight's soul party and tomorrow's Proms event.

If you want to buy a ticket you can online, from the Brook and Central Theatres in Chatham or the Visitor Information Centre, in Rochester.

See if you can spot yourself in the crowd

However, from 11am on the day of the concert you will no longer be able to get tickets from those locations.

Instead fans can buy tickets from the Box Office, outside the castle ground from 2.30pm.

The Box Office will accept cash only.

If you want to buy tickets for tonight's Soul Party click here.

To go to the Proms click here.

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