BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS: BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 2017
Headlining the first sold out show was the legendary Phil Collins, opening to rapturous applause with “Another Day in Paradise”, followed by “Something Happened On The Way to Heaven” and a Genesis classic “Follow You Follow Me”. After playing what he described as his personal favourite “Wake Up Call” from the album Testify, Collins introduced his son and band drummer Nicholas to the Hyde Park crowd. The 16-year-old followed in his father’s footsteps, nailing the classic “In The Air Tonight” to the delight of the crowd. Ending on a high with “Sussudio”, confetti rained down over dancing revelers, bringing the incredible evening to a close.
Green Day stormed onto the Great Oak Stage to the raucous cheer from 65,000 fans. The Californian trio, made up of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist Mike Dirnt and fluorescent-haired drummer Tré Cool, opened with their thunderous hit “Know Your Enemy”. Billie Joe then handpicked a mega fan from the crowd to lead on vocals and stage dive into the audience.
Before the headlining show, 1980s punk veterans Rancid brought a slice of chaos to the festival. Fresh off the back of their UK and European dates on Green Day’s Revolution Radio tour, they drove fans wild with songs old and new, including “Track Fast” from their latest album Trouble Maker.
Hyde Park welcomed the classic punk rock attitude of The Damned and Swedish rockers The Hives. They took to the stage to rapturous applause, before belting out classic hits such as “Tick Tick Boom” and “Hate to Say I Told You So”, whilst lead singer ‘Howlin’ Pelle’ hurled himself into the crowd.
Day Three at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park saw the world’s biggest pop star Justin Bieber bring his phenomenal Purpose World Tour to London for the third sold out show of the weekend.
To the screaming crowds of 50,000 Beliebers, the Canadian superstar began with “Mark My Words” followed by a slick dance routine to “Where Are Ü Now”, taken from the international number one album Purpose. Justin then treated his fans to one of his earlier and most-loved hits “Boyfriend”. As fireworks exploded into the summer sky, Justin and his troupe of dancers burst into a rapid choreographed routine to Purpose hit “I’ll Show You”. With the sun beginning to set over Hyde Park, he told the crowds “Let’s slow it down a bit” and the whole park joined Justin for an acoustic rendition of “Love Yourself”.
After a hugely successful sold-out first weekend, including headlining shows by Phil Collins, Green Day and Justin Bieber, Open House held their first ever MLB event, with over 20’000 people visiting the park.
The sporting extravaganza saw some of America’s biggest US baseball legends, including Carlos Peña, Cliff Floyd and Shawn Green take part in a quick-fire, big-hitting format of the sport which guest starred England cricket hitters Jos Buttler and Alex Hales.
Fans from across the capital swarmed in to witness the first ever MLB Battlegrounds takeover. Winning team, LA Dodgers were represented by Federico Celli, Shawn Green, Karla Claudio, England cricketer Alex Hales and captained by all-star Cliff Floyd.
Boston Red Sox team featured Gary Davidson, Julsan Karma, Taylor Hoagland, England cricketer Jos Buttler, and captained by Carlos Peña.Federico Celli was the star of the night and awarded the MVP due to his outstanding performance on the night. England cricket stars Jos Buttler and Alex Hales put in a respectful performance having picked up a baseball bat for the first time competitively, delivering a combined 15 home runs between them.
“We always aim to bring new and exciting experiences to our Open House events, and MLB knocked it out of the park.” said Jim King, Event Director of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.
The fourth headline show at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has been a sizzling summer sell-out. Headlined by the iconic Kings of Leon, the line up was formed of rock legends and the hottest alternative bands alike. 55,000 people gathered in Hyde Park to watch the fourth sold out show of the festival.
Kings of Leon stormed onto the Great Oak Stage to raucous applause. The Nashville rock band, formed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew Followill, opened with “Over” from their most recent album Walls before taking it back to their early days with “Slow Night, So Long”.
Before the headlining act, the legendary Pixies turned up the heat with a set full of old classics like “Monkey Gone To Heaven”, “La La Love You” and “Here Comes Your Man”, along with more recent material from their latest record Head Carrier. And the band made sure to give the audience what they wanted with fan-favourite “Where Is My Mind”.
Massachusetts’ finest rock trio Highly Suspect kickstarted the line up, followed by LA-based indie rockers Local Natives, who boasted a mellow set in the sunshine, including “Fountain of Youth” from their latest album Sunlit Youth.
Almighty rock stars The Killers headlined the fifth sold-out show at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park today, channeling their megawatt energy to the crowd through an electrifying anthems-filled set. The unbeatable live music event saw 65,000 people gathered in Hyde Park to catch the festival’s fastest-selling show since The Rolling Stones in 2013.
Walking on stage to a blast of pink confetti, The Killers – one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, selling over 22 million records worldwide – made their London live show return tonight in Hyde Park with their first performance in the capital since 2013. Charismatic frontman Brandon Flowers called out to the adoring crowd, “Can you believe its been four years? We need to be reacquainted with each other.”
Critically-lauded Mancunian band Elbow led the crowd through their airborne hits, perfectly matching the cool change that swept through Hyde Park after sweltering summer’s day.
The band – who were accompanied by two violinists on stage – soared on ‘One Day Like This’ with singer Guy Garvey leading the crowd through a tender sing-along of their Ivor Novello-winning hit. Guy appeared to be living for every minute in front of 65,000-strong crowd, excitedly leading the masses into what he dubbed a ‘reverse Mexican wave’. “It’s a beautiful ripple of love,” he said beaming with pride.
The sixth and final sold-out show of this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park was headlined by the legendary American rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This was the band’s only European date of 2017, which came to London as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour. This was also only the second time Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have ever played in the UK in nearly two decades.
It was the show loyal fans in Europe have been waiting for, as the band lit up the stage performing massive numbers from their 40-year career, which has to date sold over 80 million records worldwide.
Tom Petty emerged on the Great Oak Stage with The Heartbreakers, embodying every bit of charisma expected of a true rock and roll patriarch. He told the Hyde Park crowd : “To be here on such a beautiful London summer is amazing. We are celebrating our 40th year together so we’re gonna look at this show like a giant record, and we’re gonna drop the needle all over it!”
With that, the band wasted no time launching into their extensive back-catalogue, blasting highlights to an ever eager crowd like, their signature hit ‘Free Fallin’, ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’, ‘I Won’t Back Down’, ’You Don’t Know How It Feels’, ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’, ‘Refugee’ and ‘Learning to Fly’. Much to the delight of festival goers, Tom brought out “honorary band member” Stevie Nicks for a special performance of ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’.
There were also fully-charged performances of newer material like ‘Forgotten Man’, from their latest album Hypnotic Eye, showing the band still has plenty of ammunition for the future.
It was a day for music lovers – delivering a credible mix of outstanding singer-songwriters, rock, folk, country and blues musicians unlike any other in the festival’s history.
The crowd erupted into deafening cheers when the iconic Stevie Nicks graced the Great Oak Stage. One of the most influential rock artists of our time, Stevie has sold over 140 million records worldwide as part of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist.