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 21st, The 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 Live, The 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.”
One of the greatest live bands of all time, THE WHO will take to the Great Oak Stage in London’s iconic Hyde Park on Friday 26th June with very special guests PAUL WELLER, KAISER CHIEFS AND JOHNNY MARR and others to be announced. The all-day bill will feature many more brilliant acts who owe an artistic debt to one of the most influential of all British bands. Tickets are on general sale 9am Thursday 20 November.
The band, who recently released a career-spanning set and were the subject of a rapturous sold out tribute show at Shepherds Bush Empire, are about to undertake the ten date WHO HITS 50 UK tour including two shows at the London O2 Arena. During these shows the band will take their audience on an ‘Amazing Journey’ through their entire career from the days of THE HIGH NUMBERS to classic albums such as WHO’S NEXT, TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION, LIVE AT LEEDS up to the present day.
Hyde Park will be the final UK show of the ‘WHO HITS FIFTY’ tour which ROGER DALTREY described as “This is the beginning of the long goodbye."
Friday 26th June will see THE WHO play Hyde Park for the fourth and possibly final time (three times as headliners and once as part of Live 8) they join Taylor Swift, performing on Saturday 27th June as part of an incredible array of talent who will make Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park the greatest music experience of the summer.
THE WHO’s very special guests include PAUL WELLER, widely considered to be one of the UK’s greatest song writers, has just released his second best of compilation ‘More Modern Classics’ with a new album due in 2015. Weller has had a lifelong relationship with The Who, citing them as an early influence, covering their songs whilst in The Jam and playing with both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey at Teenage Cancer Trust shows.
KAISER CHIEFS will also be playing on the 26th June, the band are riding high off the back of their ‘Education, Education, Education And War’ album which has been widely hailed as a return to form. The band have a long history with The Who from playing early Teenage Cancer Trust Shows, covering Pinball Wizard at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony and singer Ricky Wilson performing at The Who Hits 50 tribute show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
JOHNNY MARR who has just released his second solo album ‘Playland‘ will be making his Hyde Park debut. The legendary guitarist also has history with The Who, in the early days of Oasis (specifically in the ‘Live Forever’ video) Noel Gallagher used to play a 1960’s Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar lent to him by Johnny who in turn had originally bought it from The Who’s Pete Townshend.
AEG Live, The Royal Parks and Barclaycard are proud to present the third year of this unique and world-class event. Over the past two years, hundreds of thousands of fans have been entertained and 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, said: "The Who are THE consummate live band and we are extremely excited to bring them back to Hyde Park. In addition to Paul Weller, there will be a great bill of artists who have been influenced by The Who over the years and we look forward to what will be a full day of fantastic music.”
Penelope Boyd Head of Events and Filming at The Royal Parks, said: “Next year’s BST Hyde Park is already shaping up to be the must see event of 2015 – bringing a diverse range of entertainment to the heart of the capital with Taylor Swift making her Hyde Park debut on the Saturday night and now The Who making a welcome return on the Friday.”
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.
“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.
“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 can’t wait to see all The Mixers in the summer sun. And it’s Perrie’s 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.