Among the headliners at the seven-hour concert was sexy Rachel Stevens, formerly of hit pop act S Club 7
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Lost In You singers Sugababes, who are set to release a new single next week, also performed
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13 AUGUST 2004

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Some of the UK's best pop acts descended on Bristol on Thursday, helping the city kick off Europe's biggest balloon festival.

Former S Club 7 siren Rachel Stevens, who recently revealed she'll be going "sexy, retro and cool" for her next video, More, More, More, was thoroughly modern as she performed in hip-hugging jeans and a see-through lace top.

And also taking to the stage for the free concert, which was hosted by radio station GWR fm, were Girls Aloud and pop trio the Sugababes, whose new single Caught in the Moment is set for an August 16 release.

The music extravaganza launched the International Balloon Fiesta, featuring more than 120 hot air balloons, which is expected to attract more than half a million visitors to Ashton Court. Free to the public, the four-day fiesta includes aircraft from all over the world as well as street theatre, puppetry and other entertainment.