Headline British Summer Time @ Hyde Park
2nd July 2016
with support from Kendrick Lamar, Jamie XX, Blood Orange and many more
The huge announcements just keep coming. Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has already lined up both Take That and Mumford & Sons to headline the summer’s greatest event.
Award winning multi-platinum band Florence + The Machine and Platinum-selling, multiple Grammy winner rapper Kendrick Lamar are the latest to add their moniker to the illustrious list of former and future Hyde Park stars.
A triumphant homecoming in London for Florence Welch, it is affirmation of her huge success since 2009’s debut album Lungs, which made her a household name in the music world. This year Florence returned with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful which became her third album to reach number one, topping the charts in 7 countries including the UK and USA and was recently nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Florence + The Machine stepped up to headline Glastonbury Festival at the last minute when Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl broke his leg. Florence more than rose to the occasion proving herself to be one of the best live performers in the world today.
“It’s a real honour to headline Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park,” says Florence Welch, “It’s an iconic place to perform, especially for a British artist. I grew up in London. All of my first gigs were here. We will put on something really special. What’s amazing is that we have free reign, so we are going to make something magical happen!
The most acclaimed hip-hop artist of his generation, Kendrick Lamar joins Florence + The Machine on the 2nd July. He is the latest rapper to come out of Compton, California and the first for some time to be considered among the greats of the genre. Pharrell Williams has compared him to Bob Dylan and he has been credited with re-energising hip hop with his combative style. Latest album To Pimp A Butterfly has been hailed as a milestone and supposedly sent Kanye West back to the drawing board for his new record. Kendrick Lamar in Hyde Park will be an unmissable experience.
Joining Florence and Kendrick on this line up is the irrespirable Jamie XX. Founding member of seminal group The xx, who won the Mercury Music Prize in 2010 for their debut album xx, Jamie has since gone on to huge solo success, working with a plethora of the worlds biggest artists such Adele, Alicia Keys, Radiohead and Barclaycard presents BST Hyde Park’s very own Florence + The Machine. Alongside his many projects was the internationally acclaimed album with Gill Scott Heron, released in 2011 it produced the hit single ‘I’ll Take Care Of U’ which went on to be sampled by Drake on his track Take Care ft Rihanna. More recently, Jamie released his debut solo record In Colour to critical acclaim, reaching #3 in the UK, it has cemented his status as the go to producer, and man of the moment. Hyde Park awaits what will surely be the set of the summer.
Hyde Park will also welcome the incredible, Blood Orange. Blending electronica and R&B, Blood Orange is the latest musical project by British singer and producer, Dev Hynes. A regular on ‘Cool Lists’ for almost a decade, Hynes launched Blood Orange in 2009 and has produced two widely acclaimed albums including ‘Cupid Deluxe’ which Pitchfork described as one of the “best albums of the decade”. During the Blood Orange era, Hynes has also penned tracks for FKA Twigs, Sky Ferreira, Carly Rae Jepson and Solange, making him one of the most in-demand songwriters in the world right now.
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park will reunite Hynes with Florence Welch. Not only did he tour with Florence + The Machine in 2012, he also collaborated with Welch on her hugely successful album, ‘Lungs’.
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park hits its fourth year in 2016, firmly established as the essential London summer event. Already announced for July 9th as headliners are Take That, bringing their full live experience to Hyde Park for the very first time. And on July 8th,Mumford & Sons will headline with special guests Alabama Shakes and Wolf Alice.