Preview ~ BST Festival 2018

Friday 6th July – Sunday 15th July

Hyde Park, London

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Festival Hyde Park (BST) is a music festival that runs over two weekends, once a year in London’s Hyde Park. It’s been running since 2013 and it also happens to be the first event that AEG presents held in Hyde Park after they got the rights to hold concerts there; BTS caters for many different genres. BTS has had acts like: Florence and the Machine, The Strokes, The Libertines, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and many more legendary musicians. This year they have added a stellar lineup that’ll run over those six days.

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Friday 6th July

We kick off the festival with Pink Floyd’s, Roger Waters; he’s bringing his ‘Us + Them‘ tour to the UK for the first time! Aren’t we a lucky bunch?! He’ll be showcasing highlights from his huge catalogue of work including songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums as well as songs from his new album ‘Is this the life we really want?‘  Joining him are special guests: Richard Ashcroft, Seasick Steve, Squeeze and more to still be announced. Unfortunately it’s sold out but for those who do have tickets you’re in for a treat.

Saturday 7th July

I couldn’t be more excited to write this, Saturday’s headliner is legends, The Cure. They have chosen BST as their European concert to celebrate their 40th anniversary . Formed in 1976 at school by Robert Smith in Crawley, Sussex, The Cure is one of Britain’s most influential and distinctive bands. They have helped shape the post punk movement in the UK, bringing alternative rock to charts around the world. They called themselves Easy Cure at first, but quickly changed their name, played their first show and released their first single in 1978 as The Cure. They’ve performed at around 1,500 concerts and 40 years of essential music later have decided to celebrate at BST Hyde Park.

Joining The Cure we have: Goldfrapp (electro pop duo from London), Interpol (an alternative rock/indie band from New York who are celebrating 15 years together), Editors (an english rock band formed in 2002 and have played Glastonbury festival), Ride (band who paved the way for Britpop and have just released music for the first time in 20 years), Slowdive (an english rock band formed in 1989), The Twilight Sad (Scottish trio who were the support band for all 76 dates of The Cure’s tour in 2016) and many more to still be announced.

Sunday 8th July

Sundays headliner whose very familiar with playing Hyde Park is Eric Clapton. He’ll be continuing the legacy of other icons and will be playing the Great Oak Stage. Eric played Hyde Park as part of Blind Faith all the way back in 1969; it was the bands debut with an audience of around 120,000 people! He returned in 1996 to play a classic live concert to raise money for The Prince’s Trust and again in 2008.

Eric will be joined by: Santana (a Latin infused rock band formed in San Francisco in 1966), Steve Winwood (formed the band Traffic in 1967 before joining Blind Faith along with Eric before reforming Traffic and starting his own solo career), Gary Clark JR (a blues musician and guitarist who has opened BST for The Rolling Stones in 2013) and many more acts to be announced.

 Friday 13th July

The following Friday’s headliner is Michael Bublé. He’s one of the worlds biggest stars whether you like him or not that is undisputed. He has 3 UK number 1 albums as well as a ‘Christmas’ album and he’s toured round the world 5 times including 12 sold out London shows.

Michael will be joined by: Van Morrison (multiple Grammy winner, ex lead singer of Norther Irish R&B band, Them. He went on to have a solo career where he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won a BRIT award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’), Bananarama (the iconic 80s pop girl trio reformed last year for a sold out tour and are also in the Guinness Book of Records as the girl band with the most chart entries), The Feeling (an english rock band from Horsham, who rose to fame in 2005 and this will be one of their first shows in two years), The Shires (biggest selling country duo and are the first British act to win ‘Country Music Award’ in Nashville).

Tickets are still available online.

Saturday 14th July

BST announces Saturday’s headliner as one of the biggest pop stars of the 21st century, Bruno Mars. He’ll be playing on the back of his ’24K Magic World Tour’ with a total of over 172 shows. Mars will be gracing the Great Oak Stage. At the moment the only other guest that has been announced is Khalid. He 19 year old won ‘Best New Artist’ at the VMA Awards and was the support act for the European section of Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ tour. More acts are to soon be announced.

Tickets are also still available for this day.

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Sunday 15th July

Closing BST this year is Sunday’s headliner, Paul Simon; this will be his farewell performance. Joining him will be: James Taylor & His All-Star Band, Bonnie Raitt and more acts to be announced.

Tickets are still available for this show.

Keep your eyes peeled for more acts and updated information.

By Destiny Crawford-Corri

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