Special Guests announced:
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Metronomy, The Horrors, Jupiter & Okwess International, Drenge, Roots Manuva, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Teleman, Iris Gold, Fufanu
20th June 2015
Following the news that blur will release a new album in April and are returning to Hyde Park to play Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on 20th June, a stellar line up of special guests has just been announced, ahead of the general on sale at 9am today.
Joining blur at Hyde Park will be Metronomy. Formed in 1999, the 4 piece electro pop outfit from Devon have released 4 albums, most recently in 2014 with Love Letters, reaching #7 in the UK charts. Their front man Joseph Mount has remixed a raft of top names in the industry including Gorillaz, Goldfrapp, Kate Nash and Lady Gaga.
Also on the bill on 20th June are The Horrors. Since setting alight the UK music scene in 2005, with their unique blend of garage rock and shoegaze, their debut album Strange House set a trend for things to come, rising in popularity over the past 10 years and culminating in the critically acclaimed Luminous last year.
Jupiter Bokondi is one of Afropop’s shining lights, hailing from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He and his band, Okwess International, released their first UK album, Hotel Universe in May 2013. They came to international attention after civil war died down in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006 and they featured in the documentary Jupiter’s Dance. This led to Jupiter and band joining Africa Express on their acclaimed train tour across mainland Britain as part of London 2012 Festival.
Drenge are an explosive two piece punk/grunge outfit from Derbyshire who started garnering critical acclaim for their intense live sets in 2013, including at the first Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. Their single ‘Bloodsports’ was one of Zane Lowe’s top 100 hottest records. Second album Undertow is due for release on April 6th this year.
Rodney Smith, aka Roots Manuva will be no stranger to Hyde Park, growing up just south of the river in Stockwell. Signed to legendary label Big Dada, (also home to grime superstar Wiley) his underground anthem Witness (1 Hope) established him on the trip-hop and dub scene, winning a MOBO Award for Best Hip Hop Act in 2000. Roots Manuva has gone on to release 8 albums. Considered one of hip hop’s most erudite lyricists, he has collaborated with U.N.K.L.E, DJ Shadow, Mr Scruff, Jamie Cullum and the aforementioned Metronomy.
And fresh from releasing their 3rd album after a 3 year absence, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are back on the live scene. Masters of their craft, they know how to get the party started, thrilling crowds with their blend of indie, rock �n� roll and disco, swapping instruments on stage, never failing to convert crowds across the globe.
Completing the line up across three stages are: Teleman, Iris Gold, Fufanu and Sugarmen.
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, comedy, 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.
Daniel Mathieson, Head of Experiential and Partnership Marketing for Barclaycard, said: “Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is one of the musical highlights of the summer and this year we have another fantastic line-up of headline artists and bands. From Kylie and Taylor Swift to The Who and now Blur, there’s something for everyone, so fans should act fast to avoid missing out.”
GENERAL ON-SALE: 9am Friday 27th February 2015