Best for: Heading to a festival that the whole damn famiy can enjoy.
Location: Hyde Park, London
When: 6th – 8th & 13th – 15th July
Age: BST is half a decade old this year, and celebrating with perhaps it’s most mature line up yet. While it’s always been one to honour the legends of the music world (The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder…) there’s usually a few dates left aside for more current acts too (Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine…).
Exclusives: Paul Simon‘s Homeward Bound date is a UK exclusive, while The Cure‘s 40th anniversary set is a European exclusive.
The music: As mentioned, it’s one for the fans of older acts this year, with the majority of them kicking off their careers in the 50s (Paul Simon), 60s (Eric Clapton, Roger Waters) and 70s (The Cure). Elsewhere, Michael Bublé is a man who appeals to listeners in their 50s, 60s and 70s, leaving Bruno Mars as the one day the mums and dads might forego. As always, each headliner is joined by acts who’ll (hopefully) appeal to their fans. Roger Waters has Richard Ashcroft, Seasick Steve & Squeeze, The Cure are joined by Interpol, Editors and Ride, and Eric Clapton has Santana and Steve Winwood on the bill. Bublé‘s guests are Bananarama and The Feeling, Bruno Mars‘ openers are Khalid and DNCE, and Paul Simon has James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt playing with him.
The food: Every year, Barclaycard and BST do a grand job of tarting up Hyde Bark, transforming one of Her Maj’s gardens into a festival for the capital, and for its inhabitants who aren’t so keen on the mud or portaloos of full-on festivals.
The rest: Open House takes place on the Monday – Thursday between the weekends, offering a line up of FREE events including outdoor cinema (themed as Family Favourites, Musicals, Critics’ Choice and 80s Classics), live music (House Gospel Choir, London Gay Men’s Chorus, Old Dirty Brasstards and more), and activities including Hip Hop Bingo.
Tickets: The first three dates (Roger Waters, The Cure and Eric Clapton) are sold out, so quick sharp before the rest go head to the site here.
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