WHEN you’re in the majestic surroundings of Westonbirt Arboretum on one of this year’s hottest evenings, you almost don’t care who you see perform – just being there is a pleasure in itself.

Fortunately, the musician on stage on Sunday, June 18 was Craig David and, as a fan of the UK garage pioneer, seeing him live in such a beautiful place was an unforgettable experience.

It’s easy to forget just how successful David has been, but a quick look around the audience – from hyper children to chilled out middle-aged hipsters – reminded me that the pop star appeals to such a broad demographic.

His performance was also a reminder of just how many hits he’s had since he burst onto the scene in 2000 with his album 'Born To Do It'.

From early classics such as 'Fill Me In' and 'Seven Days' to his new material with its reggae and dubstep influences, David had the crowd in the palm of his hand throughout the night. He even mixed it up with a Justin Bieber cover for his younger fans.

What was hugely evident on the night was David's passion for his music and his gratitude for the fans who have supported him over his nearly 20-year career, especially during the years when he wasn’t as prominent in the charts. His touching performance of 'Rise and Fall' was a clear sign of his thankfulness and humility. With David delivering the goods, and his support act Lauren Faith ¬– and up-and-coming artist who has collaborated with him and will be a big name soon – not disappointing, the show was a triumph from start to finish.

I’m 29 and seeing David live took me back to my youth and reminded me while I still love his music in 2017.