Festival preview: British Summer Time Hyde Park

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Now a standard of the summer season we have a look ahead to what Barclaycard presents British Summer Time has in store at Hyde Park for 2016. 

As much a part of summer as determinedly BBQing from beneath a golfing umbrella Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has become a solid fixture in the festival calendar.

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Taking place over two weekends in July the event sees six individually curated days with headliners ranging from full on pop, to groundbreaking homegrown acts, to alternative acts with mass appeal, and world class iconic artists.

In 2016 headliners are Massive Attack, Florence + The Machine, Carole King, Mumford and Sons, Take That, and Stevie Wonder. They are each supported by a range of bands and artists that turn the dates from massive outdoor spectacle in central London to a mini-festival in its own right, the atmosphere changing with the crowd and music.

Among those Carole King will be performing her classic album Tapestry in full for the first time, and Stevie Wonder will be performing Songs in the Key of Life.

Massive Attack meanwhile will perform a headline set with support from the iconic Patti Smith. And among the plethora of support on the dates are some real gems – Ed Harcourt on 3 July (Carole King), Kurt Vile and The Violators on 8 July (Mumford and Sons), and Kamasi Washington on 2 July (Florence + The Machine)


The full line up and dates are:

  • 1 July – Massive Attack with Young Fathers, Patti Smith, TV on the Radio, Warpaint and Ghostpoet
  • 2 July – Florence + The Machine with Kendrick Lamar, Cat Power, Todd Terje, and The Olsens and Kamasi Washington join Jamie XX and Blood Orange
  • 3 July – Carole King performing Tapestry, with Don Henley, Michael Kiwanuka, Louise Goffin, Ed Harcourt, Rae Morris, RY X, Ward Martin, Bille Marten, Flyte, Clare Maguire, Isaac Gracie and Meadowlark
  • 8 July – Mumford and Sons with Alabama Shakes, Wolf Alice, Nick Mulvey, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Baaba Maal, Mystery Jets, Borns, The Very Best, Beatenberg, Baio, Mt. Desolation, Matthew and The Atlas,  Modern Pleasure, Rukhsana Merrise, The Strumbellas
  • 9 July – Take That, Olly Murs, Ella Eyre, Jamie Lawson, Nathan Sykes, and more to be announced
  • 10 July – Stevie Wonder performing Songs in the Key of Life, with Pharrell Williams, Corrinne Bailey Rae, King, and more to be announced.

Tickets are priced from £59.50 – £65 and available via the website.

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