Taylor Swift to headline BST Hyde Park

One of the world’s biggest pop artists, Taylor Swift will headline BST Hyde Park on the 11th July.

Having just released her latest album Lover to critical and commercial success, Taylor is the hottest artist on the planet. The album was her fourth UK Number 1, making her the female star with the most chart toppers this decade, and was the top selling album in the US in just 48 hours of release. Lover had the highest first week sales for any album in the US since her 2017 release, reputation.

Taylor Swift

More acts added to British Summer Time Hyde Park

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is putting the finishing touches to the lineups for the shows of the summer.  Today, we announce a string of incredible acts to add to two of the Hyde Park shows this July. 
 
Florence + The Machine: Saturday 2nd July
 
Joining the superstar bill of Florence + The Machine on the first Saturday night of the festival in Hyde Park are Poliça, GeorgiaKelsey LuKhruangbinGabriel Bruce, Gwilym Gold and Cloves.
 
Electro-pop outfit Poliça are confirmed to support. With their electronic soundscapes loved by fans worldwide, last month they released their third studio album United Crushers, hinting at what to expect from their hotly anticipated performance in the park.
 
London musician Georgia will enthral crowds with her sassy and punchy pop. Inspired by the pioneering spirit of artists such as Missy Elliot and MIA, Georgia’s genre-busting and globally minded sound will set the stage for the headliners.
 
Brooklyn-based Kelsey Lu has also been confirmed. A classically trained cellist who loops her instrument and voice to make ethereal R&B pop, you may previously have seen her as part of Blood Orange’s band, but this year she’s released a smattering of breathtaking solo tracks.
 
Khruangbin, a Texan three-piece band, bring their Thai-inspired funk to the middle of London. Having previously toured with Bonobo and featured on his Late Night Tales mix, their vintage sound will make the perfect summer soundtrack come rain or shine. 
 
Gabriel BruceGwilym Gold, and Cloves will all make their Hyde Park debut this summer.  Singer-songwriter Gabriel Bruce’s deep and expressive voice has been compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave. He recently unveiled his stunning new single ‘Freedom’, and will release his comeback album next month ahead of his performance forBarclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.
 
Previously the front man for indie-dance band Golden Silvers, Gwilym Gold has ventured out on his own to make his own acclaimed electro-pop. Likened to Radiohead and Talk Talk by Resident Advisor, his sparse piano-led tracks and soulful vocals have brought him plaudits from across the media for latest album A Paradise.
 
The Melbourne-raised singer-songwriter Cloves has been received with resounding enthusiasm from LA to Paris following the release of her debut EP ‘XIII’. After being featured by Annie Mac on the New Names list for 2016 in January, this summer Cloves brings her whisky-tinged tones to London’s Hyde Park.
 
 
Mumford & Sons: Friday 8th July
 
Headlining the second Friday of the festival, Mumford & Sons will be joined by Kurt Vile & the Violators in Hyde Park, with more support added across the day including Mt. DesolationMatthew and the AltasModern PleasureRukhsana Merise and The Strumbellas.
 
Kurt Vile & the Violators’ unique blend of shoegaze and Americana, alongside their frontman’s witty stage presence, captures crowds like no other. Signed to Matador Records, the American singer and his backing band released their seminal album Smoke Ring for My Halo in 2011 and last year introduced sixth studio album b’lieve i’m goin down, which made the top 20 in NME’s 2015 Albums of the Year chart.
 
Also taking to the stage is British alt-country band Mt. Desolation. The brainchild of Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, the ensemble has already toured with Mumford & Sonson their US tour and this summer they will bring their beautiful folk-pop harmonies to one of London’s biggest parks. 
 
Matthew and the Atlas and Modern Pleasure are two more acts confirmed to support Mumford’s headline performance. Having released their brand new album ‘Temple’ this month,Matthew and the Atlas’ dreamy blend of Americana and melancholy electronica has been described as “the British Bon Iver.”
 
Modern Pleasure are a Leeds based, 5 piece guitar band (Scott Johnson, vox/guitar/keys Giuseppe De Luca, vox/guitar, Adam Taylor, Bass, Sean Goodchild, Guitar and Graham Robson, drums) leading the charge in a new scene emerging from one of North England's most vibrant cities.  With an audio aesthetic perhaps more akin to the sun kissed coastal roads of California, the band's shimmery melodies and tropical guitar licks soar over uplifting vocals as they spin odes to lovers and capture perfectly the romance of youth and the adventure of summer road trips.
 
Rukhsana Merrise and The Strumbellas will also make their Hyde Park Debut. West London singer-songwriter Rukhsana Merrise appeared on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury last year and has supported artists such as Laura Mvula and Leon Bridges with her folk and soul-inspired sound. 
 
Canadian six-piece The Strumbellas have won the hearts of audiences (and a Juno Award!) with their infectious “folk popgrass” tunes. With their keenly awaited album Hope due out this month, audiences will love their poignant lyrics and beautiful songs.
 
Saturday July 2nd
Florence + The Machine // Kendrick Lamar
Jamie xx
Cat Power
Todd Terje & The Olsens
Blood Orange
Kamasi Washington
Poliça
Georgia
Kelsey Lu
Khruangbin
Gabriel Bruce
Gwilym Gold
Cloves
 
Friday July 8
Mumford & Sons
Alabama Shakes
Wolf Alice
Nick Mulvey
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Baaba Maal
Mystery Jets
Børns
The Very Best
Beatenburg
Baio
Mt. Desolation
Matthew and the Atlas
Modern Pleasure
Rukhsana Merrise
The Strumbellas

The Strokes headline Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park

THE STROKES, one of indie rock’s defining and most influential bands are the fifth headliner announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015.

Since their 2001 debut, THE STROKES have been a musical inspiration for the UK’s best and brightest. They have been cited as triggering a sea change of mainstream culture. It is a testament to their influence that the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Adele, The Killers and many others have covered their work.

THE STROKES will be playing their first London show in five years on the Great Oak Stage in London’s beautiful Hyde Park on Thursday 18th June

They have sold over 5 million albums. The Strokes’ debut album, Is This It, met wide critical acclaim, and was ranked #5 on NME's 500 greatest albums of all time, #8 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time, and #2 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s.

Very special guest is the Grammy Award winning BECK. Since his worldwide smash ‘Loser’ in 1994, Beck has gone on to release 12 albums and is now considered to be one of the greatest modern songwriters of his generation. In addition to recording his solo work, Beck is also producer and collaborator to a wealth of artists as diverse as his songwriting, including: Childish Gambino, Sia, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Bat For Lashes. Last year saw him release his latest album ‘Morning Phase’, to widespread critical acclaim, and was crowned Album of the Year and Rock Album of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Joining The Strokes and Beck are FUTURE ISLANDS. With their stand out track ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ topping NME, Pitchfork, Spin, Consequence Of Sound and Guardian’s  ‘Track Of 2014’ list, they make a triumphant return to the main stage, following their spellbinding performance at last year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

The full supporting line up also includes: Temples, Public Service Broadcasting, The Wytches, Hinds, Gengahr, Yak and Kieran Leonard.

Other headliners already announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park are Blur on June 20thKylie Minogue joined by Grace Jones and Chic feat Nile Rodgers on June 21stThe Who, with Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr on June 26th and Taylor Swift, joined by Ellie Goulding and John Newman on June 27th.

BLUR to headline British Summer Time Hyde Park

As the only artists to play Hyde Park four times, Blur will make a welcome return to the historic London park for a headline show on Saturday 20th June. Since announcing their arrival with debut album Leisure in 1991,Blur went on to revolutionise the sound of English popular music with five successive UK  #1 albums (Parklife, The Great Escape, Blur, 13 and Think Tank) helping to propel the band to mass popularity at home and abroad. One of the biggest British bands of the last two decades, Blur have released seven studio albums and collected ten NME Awards, six Q Awards, five BRIT Awards and an Ivor Novello Award, and played live to thousands of devoted fans across the globe.

And 16 years since their last album as a four-piece, 27th April sees the release of a brand new album from Blur on Parlophone, titled The Magic Whip. The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in Spring 2013 – at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong – were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives.  Last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in Blur’s early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Albarn then added lyrics and the 12 tracks on The Magic Whip are the result

The full tracklisting for The Magic Whip is: Lonesome Street, New World Towers, Go Out, Ice Cream Man,Thought I Was a Spaceman, I Broadcast, My Terracotta Heart, There are Too Many of Us, Ghost Ship,Pyongyang, Ong Ong, Mirror Ball.

Other headliners already announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park are Kylie Minogue joined by Grace Jones and Chic feat Nile Rodgers on June 21stThe Who, with Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr on June 26th and Taylor Swift, joined by Ellie Goulding and John Newman on June 27th.

AEG LiveThe Royal Parks and Barclaycard are proud to present the third year of this unique and world-class event. Having royally entertained hundreds of thousands of fans over the past two years, 2015 will be no exception. As well as the huge ticketed headliners, the midweek activities will return with free access for park visitors to enjoy film, music, sport and literature.

Jim King, Senior Vice President Live Events, says: "There are few things in life that are as brilliant and as quintessentially British as Blur playing an outdoor gig in London. With new material and the new and improved production at Hyde Park this show is set to be one of the best Blur shows of all time.”

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events at The Royal Parks, said: “We can’t wait to welcome Blur back to Hyde Park! A lot has changed since the band were last here and we are excited to see their reaction as they take to the Great Oak Stage in what will be their first appearance at BST Hyde Park.”

Ellie Goulding and John Newman join Taylor Swift at BST Hyde Park

 

Global superstar and seven-time Grammy Award winner TAYLOR SWIFT was the first headliner announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015 bringing The 1989 World Tour to the Great Oak Stage in London’s iconic park on Saturday 27 June

Joining the most talked about artist in the world will be very special guests ELLIE GOULDING and JOHN NEWMAN.

BRIT and MTV Europe awards winner ELLIE GOULDING is one the UK’s best selling female artist having sold almost 20 million records worldwide. Her last album ‘Halcyon/Halcyon Days’ topped the UK chart, went top ten in the US and she has just had a UK top ten single ‘Outside’ with Calvin Harris. Ellie was one of the special guests Taylor Swift brought onstage in Los Angeles during her RED tour; the pair duetted on Ellie’s hit ‘Anything Could Happen’ and also her UK #1 ‘Burn’.

British soul sensation JOHN NEWMAN is currently working on the follow up to his UK #1 album ‘Tribute’ which featured the number 1 single ‘Love Me Again’ and was a top ten hit all over the world. Like Ellie, John has also worked with Calvin Harris scoring a UK chart topper with ‘Blame’ earlier this year.

Taylor Swift is the essential pop star headlining the essential event of 2015. Her critically acclaimed sell out 2014 RED worldwide tour saw her play five sold out shows at London’s The O2. With career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 million song downloads, Taylor is the only artist in history to have an album hit 1 million plus first-week sales in the US three times (with 2010's Speak Now, 2012's RED and 2014's 1989).

Tom Jones, Little Mix and more added to British Summer Time Hyde Park

Fresh from the latest hit series of the BBC’s The Voice, the incredible Sir Tom Jones headlines.  Tom is one of Britain’s greatest ever vocalists, with an illustrious history, stretching way back to the 1960s.

Sir Tom Jones:

"I love playing in Hyde Park, it's such a beautiful place and so many of the greats have played there.  There is a real sense of musical history and a fantastic atmosphere that comes with playing in the middle of a great London park on a wonderful summer evening."

This summer, Boyzone return to the stage to perform their biggest hits.  With 20 UK top 40 singles, 6 UK Number 1s and 5 Number 1 albums, along with 4 Brit Awards and an Ivor Novello for Best Contemporary Song, Ronan, Mikey, Shane and Keith are one of Ireland’s most successful exports and best-loved bands.

Boyzone:

There's no bigger gig than Hyde Park and no better day out than playing British Summer Time alongside Sir Tom Jones.

Little Mix are the biggest girl band in the world right now and take to the Great Oak Stage after dominating the pop charts since winning X Factor in 2011; the first group ever to win the show.  They have gone on to bag 2 UK Number 1 singles with ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Wings’ and sell 4 million singles worldwide.

Jesy, Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne have been in the US recording their new album and are ecstatic to be returning to the UK to play such a large crowd in historic surroundings. 

Little Mix:

Wow, Hyde Park  so many amazing artists have played there and to be on a line up with Sir Tom Jones is a true honour.  We cant wait to see all The Mixers in the summer sun. And its Perries 21st birthday a few days before, so we will be celebrating in style. 

10cc seemingly appeared out of nowhere in 1972 with their eponymous debut album.  They made an immediate impact, with a sound that was both commercial and substantial. Not only did they deliver a string of enormous hits, they won critical credibility everywhere they went, with songs such as ‘I’m Not In Love’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ and ‘Robber Bullets’ that have stood the test of time.

And The Bootleg Beatles, the most famous tribute act in the world, will spark a mass sing-a-long of the Fab Four’s greatest hits.

Horrible Histories, Shaun The Sheep, Mr Men Little Miss, Go!Go!Go! and more!

Horrible Histories are back at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park by popular demand: with multiple performances of their ‘Loathsome London’ theatre show.  Don't miss this horrible history of London with the nasty bits left in!

From Aardman, the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep along with his flock are being herded to Hyde Park for Championsheeps Live!  Kids and fun loving grown-ups can join Shaun and his farmyard friends for a sports day like no other with activities throughout the day including Shirley’s Pie-athlon, the Free Range Egg & Chick Race, a Naughty Pigs Sack Race and much more…

Plus, for musical kids, there is Go!Go!Go!, Nick Jnr’s resident pop group, spreading their own brand of sunshine over British Summer Time.

Treasured by children and grownups alike, a Mr Men Little Miss book is sold every 2.5 seconds.  On 13th July they will take over the Village Hall to bring day long arts & crafts workshops to Hyde Park.  With Mr Bump, Mr Tickle, Mr Strong and Little Miss Sunshine in charge there are sure to be some Mr Messy moments!

Magic’s latest sensation Troy, will be astounding the summer crowds too.  The rising star has been stunning the UK with his E4 TV series of close up magic and been christened ‘the new Dynamo’ for his baffling tricks.

All the family will enjoy everything summer has to offer with an array of critically acclaimed food outlets, plus a Carnival area with performances for all.

 

Black Sabbath will rock British Summer Time Hyde Park 2014

The legendary Ozzy Osbourne and his band mates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi will be headlining the same stage that fellow rock legends The Rolling Stones presided over for two historic gigs last year. 

Not content with just playing the park, British Summer Time becomes Black Sabbath Time! Announcing their show with an impressive takeover of the Royal Park, the band will blaze onto the Great Oak Stage in Hyde Park for their first ever performance at the venue later this year.

Hailing from Birmingham in the late '60s, Black Sabbath are the undisputed founders of British heavy rock. They have always undoubtedly been one of the best live bands in the world. In 2013, the band returned in the most triumphant style with a global number one album, sell out tours and a prestigious Classic Rock Living Legends award. From their first visit to London to record their debut album to selling out the O2 last year, the band have one ambition left, to melt the faces off the Hyde Park crowd.

As Ozzy says: "The first time I came to London I didn't have a pot to piss in and I spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave. Returning almost 50 years on, we are doing a bit better for ourselves so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park, the most beautiful park in London that has opened its gates to so many legends in the past. We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the Royals will enjoy it!"

Support for the show will come from Soundgarden and special guests Faith No More.

Emerging from the alternative scene of Seattle in the early 90’s,Soundgarden are widely regarded as one of the originators of grunge, alongside Nirvana and Pearl Jam. They have since gone on to sell 22 Million records worldwide and received 2 Grammy Awards, for ‘Spoonman’ and ‘Black Hole Sun’, both taken from their album ‘Superunknown’. Following their split in 1997, they reformed in 2010 and they released their last album ‘King Animal’in 2012 to critical acclaim. Get ready to welcome Soundgarden back to the stage at London’s Hyde Park!

Faith No More have earned a huge cult following since releasing their debut album ‘We Care A Lot’ in 1985. Instrumental in the alternative metal genre, Metallica, Nirvana and Guns ‘N’ Roses have all cited them as influencing their sound. A fearsome reputation as a live act, they have released five albums, winning 3 Grammy Awards, and 5 MTV Awards, until they dissolved the band in 1998. In 2009, following an eleven year hiatus, Faith No More reformed, touring Europe and USA, playing their own dates, alongside numerous festivals, reminding fans and critics alike what an amazing live act they are. It’s time to bring Faith No More back to London, to storm the stage at BST Hyde Park.

Other artists to entertain throughout the afternoon include: Motorhead,Soulfly, Wolfmother Gallows, Hell, Kobra and the Lotus, Bo Ningen, Rise To Remain and Broken Hands… to name a few.

Black Sabbath headline 4th July and join the already announced Neil Youngand McBusted nights (12th and 6th July respectively). Other artists to be announced…

Line Up on July 4th: 

Great Oak Stage
Black Sabbath
Soundgarden
Faith No More
Motorhead
Soulfly

The Barclaycard Theatre
Wolfmother
Hell
Kobra and The Lotus
Broken Hands
The Bots

Village Hall
Gallows
Bo Ningen
The Gravel Tones
Hang The Bastard
A Plastic Rose

Summer Stage
Rise To Remain
Blitz Kids
The Struts
The First

Midlake & Bruno Major added to British Summer Time Hyde Park lineup

Since releasing their critically acclaimed album ‘Antiphone’ last November, Midlake have supported The Flaming Lips, Pearl Jam, and headlined their own US & European tours. Currently on a sold out UK tour, culminating at Shepherds Bush Empire this evening (26thFeb), they take to the Barclaycard Unwind Theatre this July for what will be one of the highlights of the day. 
 
Despite being a relative newcomer, Bruno Major has already supported London Grammar, Sam Smith, Nick Mulvey, played with The Rolling Stones at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park last year. Having recently released a live EP of his work, he’s currently recording his debut album, which he’ll be showcasing on the Village Hall stage in Hyde Park this July. 

British Summer Time announce McBusted & Neil Young

The 2014 summer season in London's Hyde Park will see the return of the 10 day concert series British Summer Time this July.  This years headliners include McBusted, Backstreet Boys, Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Joining headliner Neil Young and Crazy Horse and special guests The National are; Half Moon Run, Lucy Rose, Ethan Johns, Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent, Flyte and a special guest to be announced AS SECOND STAGE HEADLINER soon.  

The Vamps, Lawson, FIVE, Neon Jungle are joining the UK’s #1 pop supergroup, McBusted and US pop sensations Backstreet Boys.

Also set to perform are The Webb Sisters, Jack Savoretti, To Kill A King and Hero Fisher.

Considered one of the greatest songwriters ever, Neil Young – who will headline the event on Saturday 12th July – has been one of the most influential artists of the rock age, both as a solo artist and part of the legendary Buffalo Springfield and not to mention Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  Twice inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his music ranges from the beautiful acoustic country of 'Heart of Gold' to the marauding rock of 'Down By The River.'  This Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park gig will be doubly anticipated as Young and his band Crazy Horse had to cancel some of their UK dates this year due to an injury to guitarist Frank Poncho Sampedro.

Always remaining relevant, Young recently published his acclaimed autobiography ‘Waging Heavy Peace’ and continues to be heavily involved in environmental issues – championing electric cars, alternative fuels as well as farmers’ rights with his annual Farm Aid concert.

He releases new album, ‘Live At The Cellar Door’ on December 11th, a collection of intimate gigs he played at Washington D.C.’s Cellar Door Club in 1970, just after he released the classic album ‘After The Goldrush.’ In January, Young plays two shows at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.

McBusted caused hysteria selling out tickets in a heartbeat for their 2014 dates at The O2 Arena.  McBusted is the coming together of two of the UK's biggest acts – Busted and McFly, who throughout their career have combined their winning, infectious pop and rock songs with their irresistible personalities and humour. Between them, they have an arsenal of hits to unleash, including Busted's 'Year 3000' and 'What I Go To School For' combined with McFly's 'Shine A `Light' and 'All About You'.  McBusted’s gig at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park in 2014 will be the 10th anniversary of Busted's last ever gig in Hyde Park and the perfect setting for a pop super summit!

The Backstreet Boys are one of the biggest selling boyband in the history of pop, rising to power in the mid 1990s and selling a staggering 130 million records around the world. They have enjoyed a career renaissance after reforming in 2012 and releasing a new album this year, whilst they will be touring the UK in March and April 2014.  With the back up of mega hits like 'I Want It that Way', 'Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)' and  'Everybody' (Backstreet's Back), your summer of pop is in truly safe hands.

The Rolling Stones add second Hyde Park date

It has been announced today that The Rolling Stones will be giving UK fans ‘One More Shot’ to see them live in concert this summer, with the news that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood are to play a second London Hyde Park concert on Saturday 13 July as part ofBarclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

The Rolling Stones’ first Hyde Park show on Saturday 6 July sold out within minutes of going on sale last week. Both concerts are part of the band’s “50 and Counting” tour – for dates and information go to www.rollingstones.com.

Tickets for the Stones in Hyde Park on 13 July go on sale 9am Friday 12 April from www.bst-hydepark.com. Barclaycard Unwind customers will be able to purchase tickets fromwww.barclaycardunwind.com from 9am Wednesday 10 April. Support for the 13 July concert comes from Jake Bugg, Tom Odell and The 1975.

The Rolling Stones

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is a totally unique and world class event for London, giving music fans throughout the capital the chance to see many of their favourite headlining and supporting music artists play over back to back weekends in ticketed events.

Each live music-packed weekend will be linked by a midweek programme of diverse entertainment, accessible for all to enjoy. From Monday to Thursday, the entire Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park site, save for the main stage, will give visitors the chance to get involved with smaller, more intimate events offering film, music, literature, sport and a specific family day that will expand the Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park experience to genuinely appeal to the whole family.