AEG Presents and Eden Project form new Eden Sessions Joint Venture

AEG Presents and Eden Project form new Eden Sessions Joint Venture

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AEG Presents and Eden Project form new Eden Sessions Joint Venture

The Eden Projectand global live events company AEG Presentstoday (Monday September 16) announced a new partnership to run the celebrated Eden Sessions series of concerts.

A new company, Eden Sessions Ltd, has been created by the two organisations and is now looking ahead to the next series in summer 2020.

By joining forces, AEG Presents and Eden will build on the already hugely impressive Eden Sessions legacy and brand, delivering even more major artists to perform at the famous Biomes in Cornwall, UK.

Eden’s Rita Broe, who has run the Eden Sessions for the last eight years, will lead the new company. John Empson, who was instrumental in launching the Sessions in 2002 and has booked every act since, will continue to lead on the booking for the concerts.

Gordon Seabright, Chief Executive of the Eden Project,said: “In 18 years, the Sessions have established an excellent reputation in the industry and with concert-goers. Our exciting new venture with AEG Presents teams Eden with the global leader in live music. It will give us more national and international reach and help us spread Eden’s mission even further.

“Eden boasts a unique amphitheatre surrounded by beautiful gardens and spectacular Biomes. We are proud that there is no venue like it anywhere in the world and we know that many artists cite shows they have played here as being among their best ever.”

Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope, Co-CEOs AEG Presents,said: “People use the word iconic a lot but the Eden Sessions fully deserves that description. They are innovative and the roll call of artists who have performed at Eden speaks for itself.

“They stand for quality as do we and we’re both dedicated to giving music fans a brilliant gig experience every time. This partnership is a big moment for us and we’re sure it will deliver great things.”

Since its inception in 2002 with a headline show by Pulp, the Sessions have featured performances from a huge range of major names including Muse, Oasis, Elton John, Blondie, Bjork, Lionel Richie, Paul Weller, Mumford and Sons, Blink 182, Sigur Ros, The xx, Pixies, Tom Jones, Van Morrison and Queens of the Stone Age.

Among this year’s headliners were Kylie Minogue, Stereophonics and Nile Rodgers & CHIC.

AEG Presents is one of the world’s leading live entertainment companies promoting sell-out tours for the world’s biggest artists including Justin Bieber, Khalid, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran and many more, as well as also finding and growing emerging new talent.

AEG Presents also run leading outdoor events such as the British Summer Time Hyde Park concerts which have featured the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Strokes, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Who, Paul Simon and Carole King.

In 2018 the company launched a new festival in East London, All Points East which this year had an incredible line up including The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons and Christine and The Queens.

Since the Eden Project opened in 2001, the educational charity has attracted more than 21 million visitors to its home in a former clay quarry near St Austell and generated more than £2 billion for the regional economy. The Biomes have provided a unique backdrop to more than 100 unforgettable summer concerts.

For more information about the Eden Project see www.edenproject.comand for AEG Presents see www.aegpresents.co.uk.

THE LEGITIMATE PEAKY BLINDERS FESTIVAL FINALE COMES TO AN ELECTRIFYING CLIMAX

THE LEGITIMATE PEAKY BLINDERS FESTIVAL FINALE COMES TO AN ELECTRIFYING CLIMAX

THE LEGITIMATE PEAKY BLINDERS FESTIVAL FINALE COMES TO AN ELECTRIFYING CLIMAX

Sunday 15th September, Digbeth, Central Birmingham, marks the final day of the first-ever Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival. From the stand out immersive theatre, five stages of music, fashion shows and spoken word, fans and stars alike were swept up into the dazzling world of the Shelby family, with The Telegraph describing the festival as a “criminally good immersive experience”.

Theatre company Dank Parish took the immersive experience to another level on the final day of the festival. Highlights included betting on hot-blooded choreographed boxing matches, an impromptu staged bare-knuckle fight that exploded out of the ring into the pit, an invigorating Women’s Protest that culminated in cast and audience linked arm in arm waving placards and creating barricades, plus a disturbance in Peaky Blinders actor Packy Lee’s DJ set as a staged mass brawl took place between ‘The Peakys’ and ‘The Captain’. The actors were even joined by one-half of punk band Slaves, guitarist Laurie Vincent, who spent time in the Shelby Co. Ltd. yard before watching the boxing match ringside. The last staged fight of the weekend ended up in a mass Irish jig that developed into a huge celebratory conga line. 

Becky Brown, Dank Parish’s Creative Producer, said, “It was really important to us, in the current climate, to represent the struggle for equality. Whilst the shape of that has changed in the present day, it became apparent during this scene last night, how much the sentiment remains.” 

Martin Coat, Theatre Director of Dank Parish, said, “We are legitimately in Peaky territory here. You can feel the history and because of that, it doesn’t take much for our characters to believe in themselves and in the world that they’ve created. It’s not like when you’re on stage and you’ve got the fourth wall – here you’re immersed in something that feels completely real. It’s amazing.” 

Anna Calvi stunned fans on stage by wearing a Kempton Penny Collar Shirt from the new Garrison Tailors’ Union Cut range launched at the festival and ‘Tommy’ Braces in red. She said: “The audience has been amazing and it’s really nice to see everyone dressed up looking the part, so many strangers talking to each other because they’re all passionate about the same thing.” Richard Hawley and Jehnny Beth (Savages) made another guest appearance at Calvi’s show for their bespoke set covering Peaky Blinders theme tune “Red Right Hand.”

We also saw Packy Lee (who plays Johnny Dogs in Peaky Blinders) and headliner Frank Carter and Dean Richardson from Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes earlier in the day shopping at Garrison Tailors. Subsequently, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes headlined the main stage with an energetic set in his brand new get-up. Dean Richardson wore the Bordesley Pinstripe 2-Piece Suit and Shelby News Boy Cap and Frank Carter also donned a Shelby News Boy Cap, with a gold double pocket watch chain. Mid-song, Frank said, “Do you know how beautiful it is to see a flapper girl in the middle of my mosh pit?”

Isaac from the self-branded “two-piece boy band” Slaves walked on to Vengaboys’ anthem ‘We Like To Party’, in nothing but a pair of shorts and a Peaky Blinders cap, and got the crowd raring to go for the headline set. They played an hour-long set filled with shouting, story-telling, and a little kiss with guitarist Laurie in the middle.

Singer-songwriter Liam Frost performed both days and even treated himself to a Peaky Blinders haircut at the on-site barbers. The Manchester-born star is next in line to have his music featured in the hit show: “I’m really excited because my music is hopefully going to appear in the next series, alongside Nick Cave and co. It’s unbelievable,” he said.

The whimsical Carousel stage saw swing bands from around the world play jazzy versions of hit songs and original music entirely fitting with the theme of the weekend, encouraging punters to dance alongside cabaret performers.

The BBC Introducing stage brought some of the best local and national talent from around the country to Digbeth for the weekend.

Birmingham native, Mike Skinner of The Streets, DJ’d on the Arena Stage and whipped the crowd into a grime, garage and bassline frenzy. 

Following introductions from Series 5 director Anthony Byrne, Birmingham-based poet Casey Bailey delivered a rousing performance of his spoken-word piece The Ballad Of The Peaky Blinders. Plus, show creator and writer Steven Knight delivered a moving reading from his own mother’s journal, detailing her life as a young child in 1920s Birmingham.

Rambert, the world-renowned Ballet company created a spellbinding piece for the festival, performing to a bespoke 12-minute version of Nick Cave’s theme tune, ‘Red Right Hand,’ reworked by Raven. The captivating piece also referenced the original Rambert production of Swan Lake in Birmingham in the 1920s, which Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders creator, then adapted for Series 5.  

Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer said: “I stumbled into watching Peaky Blinders two years ago and binge-watched it. The fact that they capture scenes without words; people walking down the street, a carriage, the smoke, people working in the mill and that’s the movement part – we just expanded it and made a dance out of it. But that’s what’s beautiful about the show – it has movement without words in it.” 

The immersive 2-day festival has won plaudits from both the public and the cast of Peaky Blinders. Following the cast Q&A on Saturday, Hollywood star Sam O’Neill said: “So interesting to see the crowd – mostly dressed as Peakys. And a few dressed as cops (who didn’t recognise me). People just LOVE this show – they own it – it belongs to them. Amazing to see such devotion. Great day.”

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THE LEGITIMATE PEAKY BLINDERS FESTIVAL TAKES OVER DIGBETH, BIRMINGHAM WITH  A SENSATIONAL OPENING DAY!

THE LEGITIMATE PEAKY BLINDERS FESTIVAL TAKES OVER DIGBETH, BIRMINGHAM WITH A SENSATIONAL OPENING DAY!

THE LEGITIMATE PEAKY BLINDERS FESTIVAL TAKES OBER DIGBETH, BIRMINGHAM WITH A SENSATIONAL OPENING DAY!

Saturday 14th of September, Digbeth, Central Birmingham opened its doors to the Shelby Family with the first-ever Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival. The inaugural official gathering of Peaky Blinders fans and music enthusiasts was a raging success with punters, musicians and everyone in between involving themselves in the festivities and being transported to Birmingham in the 1920s.

Cast members Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby), Sam O’Neill (Major Campbell), Sam Clafin (Sir Oswald Mosley), Harry Kirton (Finn Shelby), Kate Phillips (Linda Shelby), Finn Cole (Michael Gray), Samuel Edward-Cook (Danny ‘Whizz-Bang’ Owen) and Emmett J. Scanlan (Billy Grade), joined Steven Knight and director Anthony Byrne to open the inaugural Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival with a lively Q&A on the Arena Stage and even sang Happy Birthday to Sam Neil before parading through the streets of Digbeth on golf buggies waving and high fiving fans. Tomorrow Anthony Byrne will be in conversation with Steve Knight and Packy Lee (Johnny Dogs) at 14:10 on the Arena Stage. 

Breathtaking ballet shows from Rambert took place across the day on the Arena Stage, captivating and taking the audience on a beautifully choreographed journey down the 1920s world of the Peaky Blinders. 

At 4pm we were treated to a successful showcase of British inspired tailoring from Garrison Tailors, Steven Knight’s luxury menswear brand. The collection epitomises the spirit of Peaky Blinders and contemporary style and comprised of items including their new for 2019 Union Cut range and Shelby Tweed Waistcoat, Arthur and Thomas Tweed Suits, from their Made in Britain range featuring 100% wool. Their more casual range of Henley T-shirts was also presented. The show was rounded off with a special thanks from the man himself, Steven Knight. 

Richard Hawley and Jehnny Beth, who covered the infamous Peaky Blinders theme tune, ‘Red Right Hand,’ made special guest appearances during Anna Calvi’s set, which was inspired by her Series 5 score. Calvi performs a second set tomorrow at 16:25. 

‘Secret’ Global Superstar performer, R Kid, Liam Gallagher, told us to ‘Fix up look sharp The Gallaghers r on there way to drink and have fun with the Shelbys as you were’ on Twitter, prior to taking the stage for his special guest slot in the early evening to a packed out crowd. Liam performed songs from his new album, Why Me? Why Not as well as sending the crowd into a frenzy for Oasis hits Columbia and Supersonic. The rock n roll star made it a family affair bringing his sons Lennon and Gene, daughter Molly, brother Paul and girlfriend Debbie to the gig.

The immersive theatre by Dank Parish and Martin Coat, one of the creative directors of Boomtown, brought the festival to a standstill when their hour long performance through the streets of Digbeth – just a stone’s throw from where the first ever Peaky Blinder activity took place – brought the tension to an ultimate high between the Shelby and Lee families. The showdown climaxed with a staged bare-knuckled fist fight inside the Shelby boxing ring, which was used in Series 4 of the show itself.  

Packy Lee (Johnny Dogs) brought all the eclectic hits to the Mill Stage giving VIP audiences a place to dance the night away whilst headline Scottish rockers Primal Scream wrapped up the main stage, whizzing through their huge collection of hits.
Audiences were amazed by the Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival finale performance by Rambert to an exclusively rework of Nick Cave’s ‘Red Right Hand’ by Raven. The performance included the historically accurate Rambert show of Swan Lake in Birmingham in the 1920s, which show creator Steven Knight has adapted for Season 5. 

John Empson, festival promoter, said: The first day of the inaugural Legitimate Peaky Blinders festival was a resounding success! The crowd embraced the day dressed in incredible Peaky outfits, and we had packed out venues around the site with the audience enjoying everything from the music, ballet, theatre, fashion shows, Q&A talks and spoken word. Highlights included Liam Gallagher’s secret set –  the worlds worst kept secret – and Anna Calvi with surprise guests. An animated on-stage discussion featuring cast members with Steven Knight and Peaky Blinders Director Anthony Byrne and Executive Producer Caryn Mandabach played to an adoring crowd. Digbeth proved to be the perfect location, the weather was incredible and the crowd loved it. Tomorrow we look forward to doing all over again!

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NAOMI CAMPBELL’S FASHION FOR RELIEF HOMECOMING LIGHTS UP LONDON FASHION WEEK

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NAOMI CAMPBELL’S FASHION FOR RELIEF HOMECOMING LIGHTS UP LONDON FASHION WEEK

Last night Naomi Campbellbrought her global charity event Fashion For Reliefback home to London. Staged at the British Museum in the heart of London Fashion Week, the evening opened with red carpet arrivals, followed by a fashion show which preceded a gala dinner and auction where prized art and designer items were sold to raise money for the Mayor’s Fund for London. Funds raised will go towards employability programs which offer support for young Londoners from low-income backgrounds. 

Guests from the world of fashion, music and entertainment who showed up in support include: Edward Enninful, Anna Wintour, Luke Evans, Naomie Harris, Pierce Brosnan, Billy Porter, Skepta, Adwoa Aboah, Alexa Chung, Ella Eyre, Maya Jama and more.  

Naomi Campbell said:“I’m truly happy to be bringing Fashion For Relief back to my home town London! We hear so much about the problems facing young people in the capital. One of the underlying difficulties young people have is education – or rather the lack of it. Without the opportunity to learn, they’re more likely to be trapped in cycles of poverty, poor health and forced labour. The fashion industry has really come together with FFR and has shown it’s not just bout looking good, it’s about being good and doing good.”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that Naomi and Fashion For Relief have chosen to support the Mayor’s Fund for London. We share the belief that all young people, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and this support will make a big difference in the charity’s work to help young Londoners.” 

Swedish artist Seinabo Sey kickstarted the evening with a soulful performance before Naomi Campbell made her London Fashion Week homecoming on the runway, joined by Erin O’Connor, Adut Akech, Tiwa Savage and Damson Idris. For the grand show closer, the South London-born supermodel strutted out with 30 school students from West Norwood’s The Elmgreen School. Naomi invited the students to join her on the catwalk after meeting them in a school visit earlier this year. 

Grammy Award winning hip-hop icon Eve and rising star rapper Octavian provided the evening’s music entertainment. The glamorous gala dinner attended by 500 guests featured a charity auction with prized art items that were donated by Naomi’s industry contacts. Items up for bid include art pieces by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Marina Abramović. The one of a kind Marina Abramović original sketch was made specifically for the auction this year. Dolce and Gabbana donated two items: the “Eupheme” georgette dress entirely embroidered with sequins and small bugle beads, and “Nausicaa” lurex lace cape and Chiffon dress. There were a few nods to Naomi in the auction too. Ellen Von Unwerth donated a signed black and white photograph she took of Naomi in 1990 from her personal collection. David Bailey and Mariano Vivanco also donated their iconic photographs of the supermodel, which were taken in 1989 and 2003 respectively. 

Founded by Naomi in 2005, Fashion For Relief has raised millions for disaster relief (UK floods in summer 2007, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami) and humanitarian causes around the world including child refugee crises, maternal health, the fight against Ebola, and more. Since its inception, Fashion For Relief has staged events in New York, London, Cannes, Moscow, Mumbai and Dar es Salaam. 

The British Fashion Council will be honouring Naomi with the Fashion Icon Award at The Fashion Awards 2019, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 2 December. The award is in recognition of her incredible contribution to the fashion industry, her world-renowned career as a supermodel, as well as her philanthropic work with charities, and incredible efforts in creating a more diverse and equal future.  

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NAOMI CAMPBELL BRINGS FASHION FOR RELIEF HOME TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE IN LONDON AND BEYOND

NAOMI CAMPBELL BRINGS FASHION FOR RELIEF HOME TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE IN LONDON AND BEYOND

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NAOMI CAMPBELL BRINGS FASHION FOR RELIEF HOME TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE IN LONDON AND BEYOND

Naomi Campbellis bringing her global charity gala Fashion For Reliefback home to London on Saturday 14 Septemberto raise vital funds in support of young people from disadvantaged communities. The South London-born and raised supermodel and philanthropist has chosen the Mayor’s Fund for London andUNICEFto be this year’s charity partners. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that Naomi and Fashion For Relief have chosen to support the Mayor’s Fund for London. We share the belief that all young people, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and this support will make a big difference in the charity’s work to help young Londoners.” UNICEF’seducational programme is dedicated to empowering and improving and the lives of some of the most disadvantage and impoverished children around the world, affected by extreme poverty, war, conflict and impoverished regions affected by natural disasters and climate change.  

Naomi Campbellis bringing her global charity gala Fashion For Reliefback home to London on Saturday 14 Septemberto raise vital funds in support of young people from disadvantaged communities. The South London-born and raised supermodel and philanthropist has chosen the Mayor’s Fund for London to be this year’s charity partner. 

The Mayor’s Fund for Londonis a social mobility charity, supporting young Londoners from low-income backgrounds. Funds raised will go into their employability programs, which offer employability support, training and education to help young people, regardless of their background, gain access to fulfilling careers. 

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that Naomi and Fashion For Relief have chosen to support the Mayor’s Fund for London. We share the belief that all young people, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and this support will make a big difference in the charity’s work to help young Londoners.” 

This year’s Fashion For Relief, set in the heart of London Fashion Week, will take place at the British Museum. The evening – sponsored by CHROME HEARTS®and GUCCI – includes a cocktail reception, glamorous fashion show, gala dinner and auction, musical performances, and an exclusive after-party.

Past participants and supporters of Fashion For Relief include: Beyoncé, Leonardo Di Caprio, Donatella Versace, Kate Moss, Idris Elba, Uma Thurman, Jane Fonda, Claudia Schiffer, Iman, Heidi Klum, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Justin Bieber, James Corden, Mary J. Blige, Antonio Banderas, Lewis Hamilton, Erin O’Connor, Adrien Brody, Christian Slater, Rosario Dawson, Agyness Deyn, Jourdan Dunn and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. 

Founded by Naomi in 2005, Fashion For Relief has raised millions for disaster relief (UK floods in summer 2007, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami) and humanitarian causes around the world including child refugee crises, maternal health, the fight against Ebola, and more. Since its inception, Fashion For Relief has staged events in New York, London, Cannes, Moscow, Mumbai and Dar es Salaam. 

The British Fashion Council will be honouring Naomi with the Fashion Icon Award at The Fashion Awards 2019, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 2 December. The award is in recognition of her incredible contribution to the fashion industry, her world-renowned career as a supermodel, as well as her philanthropic work with charities, and incredible efforts in creating a more diverse and equal future.  

Follow Fashion For Relief
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Snapchat– look out for a special Fashion For Relief filter on Saturday!

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https://www.mayorsfundforlondon.org.uk

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FOUR TOPS, THE WATERBOYS AND MANY MORE ACTS ROCK REWIND SOUTH 2019

FOUR TOPS, THE WATERBOYS AND MANY MORE ACTS ROCK REWIND SOUTH 2019

FOUR TOPS, THE WATERBOYS AND MANY MORE ACTS ROCK REWIND SOUTH 2019

Music legends Four Tops and The Waterboys cap off a massive weekend of Rewind South at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames. Kathy Sledge of the Original Sister Sledge, Lulu, Grandmaster Flash, Belinda Carlisle, Heaven 17, UB40 (feat. Ali Campbell and Astro), The Undertones, The Neville Staple Band and many more rounded up a vibrant summer of Rewind. Thirty-six thousand revellers turned up for a joyous, three-day celebration which included stand-up comedy by Joel Dommettand Tom Allen.The Forever Stage, Riverside Stage, Disco Den, Crafty Taps and Studio 54 provided round-the-clock entertainment with outdoor film screenings, Bottomless Brunch Gameshows, an exclusive Q&A withTiffany and boat parties through the weekend.

Katt Lingard, Event Manager said: “It has been yet another brilliant year of Rewind and we want to thank the Rewinders for all their support and passion for the festival. It is because of them that this festival has such a feel-good and welcoming atmosphere, where everyone can escape and embrace the magic of the 80s and beyond. The diverse line-up, which included several artists who were playing Rewind for the first time, and stand-up comedy were particular highlights. We have already started working hard on Rewind Festival 2020 and look forward to seeing everyone again at Scotland, North and South next year.”

The Waterboysdelivered a lively and eclectic set to close Rewind on Sunday. The folk-rock band, led by Mike Scott, stepped in to headline after Michael Bolton cancelled due to illness. Making their debut at the festival, Scott – dressed in a chic black pinstripe suit – said, “Good evening Rewind, it’s great to see you at short notice. You were expecting one Michael but you got another!”, to which the audience responded with a huge cheer. While the majority of Rewinders were looking forward to basking in The Waterboys’ major hit ‘The Whole of The Moon’, the entire set was a real treat, immediately engaging and seamlessly traversing the band’s different styles, from the grandiose “big music” era through to more earthy, traditional folk. For their surprise closing number, The Waterboys kicked into a soulful rendition of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’, much to the delight of the audience who sang their hearts out. 

Kathy Sledge of the Original Sister Sledge brought a tour-de-force of disco music to Rewind South, keeping everyone on their feet with their wall-to-wall up-tempos which include ‘We Are Family’, ‘Lost in Music’, ‘Everybody Dance’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ and more. On ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, Kathy picked five Rewinders from the crowd to dance with her on the Main Stage. There was a tender moment of reflection in ‘Thinking of You’ where she showed a montage of Sister Sledge’s past photos and performances, including an appearance on Top of The Pops.

Earlier in the day, Belinda Carlislehad the crowd in the palm of her hand as she performed her hits ‘Summer Rain’, ‘Heaven Is A Place on Earth’, and more. Paul Youngcharmed the crowd and had everyone on their feet singing along to classics like ‘Every Time You Go Away’. The Wailerskept the spirit of Bob Marley alive with ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, and more. Making their first appearance at the festival, the amazing reggae band complimented the crowd saying: “I love the looks, I love the colours and love the vibes!”.

This year, the festival launched its own talent search Rewind’s Got Talentwhere the winner got a chance to join the legendary line up of hitmakers. Local singer Rachel finally got a chance to shine on the Main Stage where she had the crowd cheering from start to finish as she belted ‘River Deep Mountain High’. Other artists on Sunday’s line-up include: Midge Ure, Hazel O’Connor, The Selecter, Neville Staple andFrom The Jam.

Comedy headliner Tom Allenwas a big hit, performing to a packed out Forever Stage on Sunday. The quick-witted comic was also seen talking to festival goers after his hugely popular set. The comedy line up featuredAngela Barnes, whose unique world view has put her on the map, and The Raymond and Mr Timpkins RevueJoel Dommett, Saturday’s comedy headliner, played to a lively crowd, proving particularly popular with the ladies. Opening for him was award-winning actor and stand-up comic Dave Johns and the outrageous duo The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revuewho brought their signature out-of-the-box entertainment to the mix. The party went on in the Disco Den with Silent Disco, Karaoke Rumble andMusical Bingo, and at Rewind’s own Studio 54. On the Riverside Stage, there were a fantastic line-up of live music including Manoeuvres, an OMD tribute band, plus a roving Mariachi band. 

Four Tops lit up Rewind’s Main Stage on Saturday night, treating revellers to feel-good tunes from their 65-year career. The current line up, led by original member Duke Fakir, took the audience on a trip down memory lane with classics like ‘Loco in Acapulco’, ‘Baby I Need Your Loving’, ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’, and more gems from the Motown era including a cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’. The quartet looked sharp as they strutted and twirled on stage in matching sequined white suits under the summer sky. Spotted in the crowd losing themselves to the music were several artists who performed earlier in the day, including 80s pop sensation Tiffanyand her band.

Luluput on a rapturous performance, opening with ‘Relight My Fire’ – her energetic 90s hit with Take That – before taking the audience through the hits of her career, including ‘To Sir With Love’, ‘Shout’, and her cover of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’. One excited fan who ran to the front of the stage to catch her set was Lawrence Payton Jr. of Four Tops, who was happy posing for selfies with fans at the front while he was still wrapped in his velour dressing gown.

Earlier in the day, as the clouds made way for a glorious sunny afternoon, there was no better soundtrack than the smooth reggae stylings of UB40. The band, featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, were a huge hit with Rewinders, sending crowds swaying gently in the breeze to ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, ‘Food for Thought’ and more. Also complementing the mood was The Dire Straits Experience,whobrought to life a sumptuous set sure to please any music lover, all while gently building up to the excitement of ‘Sultans of Swing’. Soul vocalist and M People frontwoman Heather Smallturned up the tempo when she stormed on stage in a fierce leopard-print jumpsuit, opening with ‘One Night in Heaven’ and leaving the audience breathless by the time she closed with the mega hit ‘Moving On Up’. After her candid Q&A session in the Forever Stage, Tiffanyhit the Main Stage performing a new, more soulful rock version of ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ and ‘Pieces of Me’. Other artists on Saturday’s line up included: Heaven 17, Kim Appleby, Johnny Hates Jazz andThe Undertones.

Friday night’s headliner Grandmaster Flashdropped a major set taking the Henley crowd on a journey of hip hop history through the Bronx. Not even the rain could dampen the crowd’s spirits as they danced the night away, enjoying the ever-popular Silent Disco and Studio 54, as well as entertainment by Ray Guns Look Real Enough and Rory’s Disco Juke Joint.

Rewind Festival returns to Perth (Scotland), Macclesfield and Henley-on-Thames next summer bringing more icons from the 80s and beyond, plus award-winning comedians and round the clock entertainment. Next year also marks the 10thanniversary of Rewind Scotland, so expect a big party to mark the major milestone. Early bird tickets will be available soon. Visit rewindfestival.com and follow the festival on social media for the latest updates. 

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The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival announce FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES and more

The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival announce FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES and more

The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival announce FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES and more

On September 14th and 15th, join some the stars of the world-renowned BBC series, Peaky Blinders, as 1919 comes crashing into 2019 Digbeth. Over 200 actors and musicians will blend with the crowd recreating our favourite scenes and immersive experiences.
 
For two days only the Streets of Digbeth in Central Birmingham will be transformed into the world of the Shelby family. Surround yourself in the post-industrial architecture, railway arches and canals of Birmingham 1919 as the Peaky Blinders roam the area, poets rant on street corners and musicians busk.
 
Peaky Blinders alumni Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes join SLAVES to close the main stage on Sunday 15th, alongside Anna Calvi, Primal Scream, Nadine Shah, Hotel Lux and Pearl Harts on the line-up. The music doesn’t stop there, The Carousel stage will bring the 1920s – 1940s inspired music acts from electro-swing to retro hip-hop styles, performing on a vintage carousel surrounded by actors, characters and oddballs and BBC Introducing Stage will be highlighting the excellence in local and national talent.
 
Expect spoken word and poetry from Peaky Blinders inspired artists such as Birmingham based and official Peaky Blinders poet Casey Bailey and rising star Hussain Manawer.
 
The festival will close with an immersive and bespoke performance of Peaky Blinders theme ‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave featuring 200 actors, ballet Rambert and a very special pyrotechnic show.

ALREADY ANNOUNCED…
 
Music
Main Stage artists confirmed across the weekend include Primal Scream,Slaves, Nadine Shah, Hotel Lux, MarthaGunn and The Correspondents
 
A ’Special Guest’ performance by global superstar creating a unique and never seen before performance.
 
Anna Calvi will be creating a one-off set inspired by her score created for Peaky Blinders series 5
 
Birmingham spokesperson and legend from The Streets, Mike Skinnerperforms a Peaky Blinders inspired DJ set
 
Carousel Stage artists confirmed across the weekend include Bill Jefferson, Electric Swing Circus, Swing Dance with Birmingham Swing, Miss Kid and The Cat, Swing Zazou, Punch the Sky, Baghdaddies, Thrill Collins, Swingrowers, Jim Wynn Swing Band, Jive Aces, and Heavy Beat Brass Band. 
 
BBC Introducing Stage will be highlighting the excellence in local and national talent
 
Immersive Theatre
Martin Coat, one of the creative minds behind Boomtown and immersive theatre specialists Dank Parish, brings the world of Peaky Blinders to life, taking over the streets of Birmingham. Expect close-up entertainment and immerse yourself in the underbelly of early 20th century Birmingham and all the high hitting drama of the Peaky Blinders world.
 
Behind the Scenes
Creator Steve Knight will conduct a never seen before Q&A with members of the cast to discuss his inspiration, plans and show exclusive snippets and stories behind the tv series.
 
Museum 
Immerse yourself in an incredible museum featuring EVERYTHING we love from the show including, genuine, costumes, props and scenery from all 5 series, Thomas Shelby’s suits, Arthur Shelby’s cap, Aunt Pol’s dresses and even art created by fans across the world.

Fashion
Garrison Taylors will present a catwalk show featuring models and members of the Peaky Blinders cast showcasing the inspired men’s clothing line.
 
Daniel Kearns the Creative Director behind David Beckham’s clothing label Kent and Curwen will discuss the inspiration behind their new Peaky Blinders’ official collection.
 
Wet shaves, Haircuts, and Tailors will all be available on-site to get you dressed up as a Legitimate Peaky Blinder.
 
Rambert 
The world-famous Ballet company will, for the first time, produce and choreograph a bespoke piece for the festival, performing a spellbinding piece to an especially created 12-minute version of theme tune ‘The Red Right Hand’. Plus, Choreographer Benoit Swan Pouffer will also create several pop-up capsule modern dance pieces around the site.

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The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival

The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival

The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival

On September 14th and 15th, Birmingham celebrates the television show that has catapulted its history to a global audience. Now, the show’s creator, stars, famous fans and its home city come together to create a spectacular, immersive and ‘legitimate’ event in its honour.

The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival will bring together immersive theatre, live music and fashion inspired by the series, a cinema showing, a museum, food, drink, poetry and more.

With 5 stages of music, live recreations of Peaky Blinders scenes involving 200 actors, fashion shows and mens’ grooming – fans will be living in the show’s world encompassing the Digbeth, Central Birmingham area. Using its historic streets, warehouses and factories and employing lighting, sound, smoke, video mapping and special effects, the post World War 1 era will come to life for an unmissable day.

Artists confirmed across the weekend include Primal Scream, Anna Calvi,Slaves, Nadine Shah, a BBC Introducing Stage and a host of excellent music performances, reflecting one of the sharpest soundtracks on television.

Martin Coat, the creative mind behind Boomtown and immersive theatre specialists Dank Parish, bring the world of Peaky Blinders to life, taking over the streets of Birmingham. Expect close up entertainment and immerse yourself in the underbelly of early 20th century Birmingham and all the high hitting drama of the Peaky Blinders world.

Contemporary dance company Rambert will perform a specially commissioned performance, choreographed for the festival by artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer.

Steven Knight will reveal all in a live Q&A, also featuring the show’s stars.

Following the Kent and Curwen catwalk show in January 2019 where the collaboration with hit series Peaky Blinders was first shown, Kent and Curwen are proud to announce their involvement in the Peaky Blinders Festival 2019. VIP ambassadors will be dressed in the Kent and Curwen x Peaky Blinders collection. Kent and Curwen’s creative Director Daniel Kearns will host a conversation, discussing ‘The Peaky Look’ and how to achieve this with Kent and Curwen collaboration.

In addition, there will be a fashion show from Steven Knight’s Garrison Tailors clothing range, plus the show’s influence on modern style will be reflected in onsite tailoring and men’s grooming.

Steve Knight:
“It is with enormous pleasure that I announce the first ever LEGITIMATE Peaky Blinders festival, which is happening in the streets and alleys of Digbeth, Birmingham on Saturday  14th and Sunday 15th of September.

It will be a festival of live music, performance, poetry, immersive theatre and experiences which will celebrate the swagger of the men and women who walked these same Digbeth streets one hundred years ago. Along with the music line up, we have the world-famous BALLET RAMBERT performing a specially written and choreographed Peaky Blinders ballet. There will be fashion shows, street food, pop ups and bars including a reimagined Garrison Tavern. 

We will be celebrating in Birmingham style and everyone from around the world is invited.

Expect the unexpected, expect 1919 to come crashing into 2019 and, be assured, everything is officially by order of the Peaky Blinders…“

John Empson Festival Director & Founder:
“The legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival is a brand new concept which starts in Digbeth, Birmingham, the authentic birthplace of the Peaky Blinders.

Something totally fresh in the festival market, the show will merge cinema, live music, immersive theatre, ballet, bespoke food and drink, spoken word, pop-up performances, collaborations, exclusive previews, appearances from cast members and world class special guests.

A totally 360 degree festival experience.’”

Anna Calvi:
I’m thrilled to be performing at The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival. Scoring Peaky Blinders has been a major project for me this year and I’m excited to be bringing a special one-off version of my show to the festival 🖤.”

Councillor Mohammed Azim, Lord Mayor of Birmingham:
“I am so excited that this amazing Peaky Blinders festival is being hosted here in our great city as a tribute to the polished BBC series, set on the streets of post-war Birmingham, which has captivated audiences worldwide.

The show has brought Birmingham into the spotlight; gripping and beautifully shot, it has gained national attention and I am particularly pleased to hear that Peaky Blinders is coming home, with the current and future series being shot locally. 

So now is absolutely the right time for this festival, which will be a unique and exciting experience for fans of the show, as well as an opportunity for those who have not yet seen the show to find out what they are missing.

I am looking forward to visiting the festival and welcoming visitors from across the globe.”

Winning 12 awards including the 2018 BAFTA for Best Drama Series and Best Drama at the 2019 National Television Awards, Peaky Blinders series four was BBC Two’s biggest drama series of 2017 and last year it was announced that in the UK, the show will move from BBC Two to BBC One for its fifth series. An incredible 83,000 fans applied for a ticket via a ballot run by the BBC to attend the recent series 5 premiere in Birmingham.

The award-winning BBC One and Netflix series Peaky Blinders is produced by official brand owner Caryn Mandabach Productions and by Endemol Shine Group’s Tiger Aspect Productions. Endemol Shine Group represent a range of global ancillary rights for Peaky Blinderswhich is distributed by Endemol Shine International across more than 180 countries.

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General on sale 9 August, 10am

Eligible American Express Cardmembers can take advantage of priority booking from 9am on Wednesday 7 August 2019. Visit axs.com/amexpresale to book. T&Cs apply.

Warner Music announces two Factory Records 40th anniversary boxed sets and new exhibition

Warner Music announces two Factory Records 40th anniversary boxed sets and new exhibition

Warner Music are proud to announce the release of two boxed sets and a special exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of iconic independent label Factory Records.  The two boxed sets (Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-1979 – The first 10 numbered records and objects and Factory: Communications 1978-92) gather together rare, unheard and classic material, while the exhibition (Use Hearing Protection FAC 1 – 50 / 40) showcases the label’s hugely influential design heritage.

“It is rewarding to see that the legacy endures and that there is such appreciation of the artefacts”  
Peter Saville  

Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-1979 contains facsimile editions of the first 10 numbered Factory items: 4 vinyl records, 3 posters, a short film, Factory stationery and an egg-timer design. The early history of the label is traced in a 60 page book with text by James Nice, photos by Kevin Cummins and archival interviews with Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, Joy Division and more. Oli and Isobel Wilson (Tony’s children) are executive producers.

‘Factory Records is one of the most influential record labels of all time and defined culture. 
It’s an Honour for Rhino records to help celebrate the legacy along with Oli and Isobel Wilson’
Dan Chalmers, President Rhino UK

All 3 original Factory posters are contained in the box as well as the first 4 records: The Factory SampleEP (Fac 2), All Night Party by A Certain Ratio (Fac 5), Electricity by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Fac 6) and classic album Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division (Fact 10).  

Bonus items include a white label 12” single by The Tiller Boys (originally intended as Fac 3 but ultimately not released), and a lengthy audio interview with Joy Division, Tony Wilson and Rob Gretton, conducted in August 1979 by journalist Mary Harron, never before heard and now restored across two CDs. Also newly restored, and seldom seen since 1979, is evocative 8mm short No City Fun (Fac 9), featuring music by Joy Division.

The Use Hearing Protection box is strictly limited to 4000 units worldwide and will be released on 11thOctober..

To commemorate the ground breaking early works and on-going influence of Factory there will be an exhibition Use Hearing Protection FAC 1 – 50 / 40, taking place at Chelsea Space. The exhibition will tell the story of its formative years from 1978 to 1982 through the first 50 numbered Factory artefacts, including works by Peter Saville, Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column and Linder Sterling. Supported by rare and unseen materials from personal archives, as well as non-Factory period items of influence, these combine to describe a period from which Factory Records was proposed and realised, underpinning its revolutionary cultural impact on the music, art, design and ideas of our times.

Curated by Jon Savage and Mat Bancroft, the Factory exhibition is being featured in this year’s London Design Festival and will be free entry, running from 13th September until Friday 25th October.

More information HERE

An expanded exhibition, with the Use Hearing Protection, FAC 1-50 objects at its core is being developed by the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. This exhibition will build on the Chelsea Space display and is due to open July 2020, telling the story of Joy Division and the founding of Factory Records in the city.

The second box set, Factory: Communications 1978-1992, surveys the entire 15 year history of the iconic label, with 63 tracks spread over 8 newly remastered vinyl albums. As well as classic cuts from New Order, Joy Division, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Electronic, A Certain Ratio and Section 25, this definitive overview delves deep into Factory’s rich and occasionally wayward recorded catalogue, with X-O-Dus, Marcel King, 52nd Street, Quando Quango, Northside, James, The Railway Children and even Crawling Chaos also included.

Originally issued as a 4 CD box set in 2009, Communications 1978-92 is curated by Jon Savage, with booklet notes by Paul Morley and James Nice.

Factory: Communications 1978-92 will be released on 8th November. Full details below.

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BRYAN FERRY AND FOREIGNER ROCK  REWIND SCOTLAND 2019

BRYAN FERRY AND FOREIGNER ROCK REWIND SCOTLAND 2019

📸 Steve Turvey

BRYAN FERRY AND FOREIGNER ROCK 
REWIND SCOTLAND 2019

Tickets for Rewind North (2-4 August) and Rewind South (16-18 August) available here: 
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Music legends Bryan Ferryand Foreignerrocked crowds at this weekend’s Rewind Scotland,held at Scone Palace, Perth. Lulu, The Stranglers, Belinda Carlisle, Lisa Stansfield, The Undertonesand many more performed their chart-topping hits from the 80s and beyond. Around 15,000 revellers turned up for a joyous, three-day celebration which included stand-up comedy by Phill JupitusJimeoinand Christopher Macarthur-Boyd. The Forever Stage, Disco Den, Crafty Taps and Studio 54 provided round-the-clock entertainment with outdoor film screenings, Bottomless Brunch Gameshow and exclusive Q&As with artists Leo Sayer and Paul Young.

Katt Lingard, Event Manager, said “There really is no other festival quite like Rewind; that’s all down to our audience. The passion, community, costumes and friendliness of everyone comes together to create an incredible atmosphere, where everyone is welcomed. We’re delighted with the fantastic feedback we’ve have over the the weekend and already looking to making next year, our 10th Anniversary in Scotland, another weekend to remember.”

Bryan Ferrydelivered the perfect finale to a knock-out Rewind extravaganza. The music icon – who was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of Roxy Music – madehis Rewind debut with a mighty set that thrilled the Scottish audience. Best-loved classics like ‘Jealous Guy’, ‘Slave to Love’, ‘Love is The Drug’ and ‘Dance Away’ came to life with a full band.

Punk pioneers The Stranglers turned it up to a hundred when they hit the main stage. Not even the rain could dampen the crowd’s energy as they fed off electrifying performances of ‘Walk On By’, ‘Golden Brown’, ‘Peaches’, ‘No More Heroes’ and more. 

Belinda Carlislereceived a warm welcome back to Rewind Scotland – as she walked on stage, a fan unfolded a banner spelling “Heaven Is A Place Near Perth”. She had the crowd in the palm of her handas she performed her hits ‘Leave A Light On’, ‘Summer Rain’, ‘Heaven Is A Place on Earth’, and more.

Making her Rewind debut was Lisa Stansfield, one of Britain’s most formidable soul-pop vocalists to come out of the late 80s. Highlights from her set include the global chart-topping hits ‘All Around The World’, ‘The Real Thing’, and a funk reimagining of her 1989 club hit ‘People Hold On’. 

Leo Sayerdelivered a big crowd pleaser set, following his Q&A session at the Forever Stage where fans got a chance to get up close and personal with him. The affable music star showed no signs of slowing down as he left the crowd chanting for more after delivering hit after hit from his four-decade career such as ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, ‘Thunder in My Heart’, and ‘More Than I Can Say’. Synth-pop iconMidge Ure– an evergreen Rewind favourite – followed Leo and kept everyone on their feet dancing. The outstanding Sunday of live music at Rewind also featured performances by The Skids, Big Country, Hazel O’Connor andBjörn Again.

This year, the festival launched its own talent search Rewind’s Got Talentwhere the winner got a chance to join the legendary line up of hitmakers. Dunfermline local Yvonne Morrison, who was attending the festival for the eighth year, finally got a chance to shine on the Main Stage where she performed AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’. The seasoned Rewinder beat seven other finalists who all performed at Friday’s final in front of a packed audience at the Forever Stage. As well as impressing the special guest judges, Yvonne ultimately won the prize based on audience cheers.

Legendary rockers Foreignerheadlined Saturday’s line up, putting on an electrifying performance for their only Scotland show this year. Speaking about their first time playing Rewind, frontman Kelly Hansen said, “I love all the colours and the wigs. And I see a lot of rock and rollers out there too!”. The band invited Luluon stage for a duet on their classic hit ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’, leading the crowd on a massive sing-along amid a sea of lit up smartphones. The rousing set also included their lung-busting hits ‘Cold As Ice’, ‘Jukebox Hero’ and ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’. 

Luluput on a rapturous homecoming show, opening with ‘Relight My Fire’ – her energetic 90s hit with Take That – before taking the audience through the hits of her career, including her cover of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’. Keen to keep it current, the singer paid homage to Scottish rising star Lewis Capaldi declaring, “There’s a new kid on the block that I’m crazy for. We are not worthy of Lewis Capaldi”. She then launched into a heart-aching rendition of his hit ‘Someone You Loved’, much to the amazement of the crowd. 

The day was not short on beloved Scottish talent with Eddi Reader and Hipswaylighting up the main stage. Glasgow-born Eddi Reader, who made her mark on the music scene with Fairground Attraction, led an enchanting folk set while local rockers Hipswaykicked off the day with great energy. The band, who made their Rewind debut last year, is currently on a comeback after a 30-year hiatus. Other artists on Saturday’s line up included Paul Young,Black BoxJoyce SimsThe Dire Straits ExperienceThe Undertonesand The Primitives.

Following the festival’s massive 10thanniversary celebration last year, Rewind returns this year with their biggest entertainment line up yet. Award-winning comedians Phill Jupitusand Jimeoinheadlined the Forever Stage, joined by Christopher Macarthur Boyd, Billy Kirkwood andFred MacAulayMartin Kemptook the audience back in time with his uplifting DJ set on Friday night. Elsewhere, there was a host of fun activities including Karaoke Rumble, musical bingo and the infamous Silent Disco. 

Next up is Rewind Northtaking place at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield from Friday 2 August to Sunday 4 August – headlined by Thin Lizzyand Gloria Gaynor, with music by Bananarama, UB40 (feat. Ali Campbell and Astro), Level 42, Tiffany, Heaven 17, The Selecter, Heather Small, Cutting Crew, Hazel O’Connor, The Undertones, The Primitives, The Neville Staple Band, Joyce Sims, From The Jam, Black Box, Martin Kemp (DJ set), Björn Again, and The Dire Straits Experience. Plus, comedy by Russell Kane, Lost Voice Guy, Justin Moorhouse and Andre Vincent.

Rounding out the summer of timeless music is Rewind South, taking place at Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames, from Friday 16 August to Sunday 18 August – headlined by Michael Bolton andFour Tops, with music by Kathy Sledge of the original Sister Sledge, UB40 (feat. Ali Campbell and Astro), Lulu, Belinda Carlisle, The Wailers, Tiffany, Heaven 17, The Selecter, Midge Ure, Grandmaster Flash, Heather Small, Kim Appleby, Hazel O’Connor, Paul Young, The Undertones, The Neville Staple Band, From The Jam, and The Dire Straits Experience. Plus, comedy by Joel Domett, Tom Allen, Angela Barnes, Dave Johns, and The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue. 

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BRITAIN’S GREATEST ENTERTAINER CLOSES AN UNFORGETTABLE BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

BRITAIN’S GREATEST ENTERTAINER CLOSES AN UNFORGETTABLE BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Robbie Williams performs at the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan)

BRITAIN’S GREATEST ENTERTAINER CLOSES AN UNFORGETTABLE BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

Robbie Williams’s thrilling performance was the perfect way to close another iconic edition of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park – a day that also featured Black Eyed Peas, Keane, TexasFeeder and Saint Sister.

Since bursting on to the stage as the youngest member of Take That in 1990 and then going solo in 1995, Robbie Williams has been at the top of his game for nearly 30 years, and has become a national treasure. His recent appearance as a judge on The X Factor has only increased this, quickly becoming the programmes’ most entertaining, witty and enchanting judge.

Tonight, we saw all the charm, charisma and talent flowing through him, living up to his reputation as one of the world’s greatest entertainers. From a heart-warming rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’ alongside his father Pete Williams to inviting a fan to sit on a couch on-stage for a personal serenade from Robbie – there was never a dull moment with him at the helm.

Robbie also addressed his recent time on The X Factor. “I went on The X factor and has the best time. What you don’t expect is to fall in love with the contestants. And on it I said I would let some of them perform with me at Hyde Park tonight, so please welcome LMA Choir” Accompanied by the 14 Liverpudlian singers, they sung a gorgeous rendition of the Take That classic, ‘Never Forget’.

As the set draw to a close, Robbie ended his career-spanning show with his signature song ‘Angels’, cueing the fireworks to light up the packed-out Hyde Park and illuminating the thousands of onlookers belting the words right back.

TheBlack EyedPeas flew onto the stage and straight into the pumping track ‘Let’s Get It Started’, before quickly moving into ‘Imma Be’ and then ‘Rock That Body’. Instantly Hyde Park turned into a dancefloor, with the trio of will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo dictating the tempo. The high-intensity set showed no signs off letting up, with the group even inviting South London’s finest Ms Banks on stage to perform her hit ‘Snack’. It was only fitting for the group to finish on their chart-topping anthem, ‘Where Is The Love’. “This song is dedicated to every single one of you. Our first big hit in this country.”

Making their first return to London in seven years, Keane seized their opportunity on the Great Oak Stage. Spearheaded by the charming Tom Chaplin, the band offered a set packed with fan-favourites such as ‘Crystal Ball’ and ‘Nothing In My Way’ off 2006’s Under The Iron Sea to ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and ‘Everybody’s Changing’ off their 2004 debut Hopes and Fears. Tom also took a moment to discuss their anticipated forthcoming LP, one that tackles and addresses his issues of depression, before playing current single, ‘The Way I Feel’.

Texas skipped onto the scene to the shimmering, bass-heavy track ‘Inner Smile’, seeing Sharleen Spiteri bouncing up and down the stage much the audience’s delight. Another highlight included the 1999 hit ‘Summer Sun’, which Spiteri declared “We’ve been lucky enough that every time we play this one the weather in Hyde Park is good, let’s keep that going!” 

Welsh rockers Feeder open the Great Oak Stage with their soaring classic ‘Feeling a Moment’ – bringing every member of the ever-growing crowd to their feet. They then journey the audience on a wild USA road trip with newest single ‘California’. “We’re gonna take you back to the late 90s”, cried frontman Grant Nicholas, before launching into one of their earlier bangers ‘High’, followed by anthem ‘Buck Rogers’.

Barclaycard Stage welcomed a host of talent including The X Factor finalists United Vibe, as well as Acacia & AaliyahMisunderstood and Saint Sister.

Summer Stage was the perfect place to be during the glorious British sunshine, and the music was equally pleasant thanks to Matt WilsonRaphiRoe and Callum Beattie.

The final day of BST Hyde Park featured famous names such as Tiger Lily, Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles, Louise Redknapp, Andrew Scott, Boy George, and Laura Whitmore.

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Florence and the Machine, The National + many more wow BST Hyde Park

Florence and the Machine, The National + many more wow BST Hyde Park

📸 Joseph Eley

Florence and the Machine, The National + many more wow BST Hyde Park

The second Saturday of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park welcomed its first magnificent co-headline day this year; Florence + The Machine and The National, supported by a line-up of indisputably brilliant and pioneering artists. This headline show at Hyde Park tops off what has been a remarkable 16 months for Florence Welch, whose fourth album High As Hopegranted her the third Mercury Prize nomination of her career.

After an incredible day of passionate performances, Florence came to the stage ready for a brand-new take on her 2018 High As Hope tour. Florence and her mighty machine began the set with the gorgeous ‘June’, followed by the thunderous hit ‘Hunger’ from her latest album, twirling and leaping around the Great Oak Stage as she sang. She then treated the crowd to earlier material, including ‘Kiss With A Fist’, ‘Ship To Wreck’ and ‘Only If For A Night’, as an army of Florence fans, many adorned in floral headbands, sang along to every single word.

Florence spoke to the crowd as the sun began to set, “Welcome to the matriarchy, it’s fun. This festival was brought together by women.” She continued “I would like to dedicate this song to Arya Stark.” before launching into ‘Jenny of Oldstones’, as featured on the recent soundtrack for series Game of Thrones. Her repertoire ranged beautifully from the classic retake on ‘You’ve Got The Love’, to ‘Dog Days Are Over’ to ‘What Kind of Man’ and newer songs such as ‘End of Love’ and ‘Patricia’.

She grinned, “I’m so overwhelmed by this. To come from playing the Old Blue Last and Camden every week…. so I cannot believe that, 10 years later, we are still here. The thing that has been so beautiful is the community that has built up around these shows. This will be our last London show for… a little bit.” Florence asked the crowd to join in ‘Shake It Off’ before leaving the London stage. A stunning set to close a stunning day of music.

The National are an American indie institution and the loyalty of their followers was clear to see in Hyde Park today. Joined on stage by three spectacular artists in their own right – Gail Anne Dorsey (who worked with David Bowie previously), Lisa Hannigan and Pauline de Lassus, the band launched into ‘Don’t Swallow The Cap’. Frontman Matthew Berninger got leapt into the crowd throughout, as they graced the crowds with a career-spanning set, including older hits like ‘I Need My Girl’ and newer tunes from their recent record ‘I Am Easy To Find’. They ended in a beautiful crescendo of noise to ‘Terrible Love’ and ‘Mr November’.

Earlier on the Great Oak Stage, Lykke Li wowed the crowds with her impressive dancing and sultry persona on stage. She treated the crowds to ‘No Rest For The Wicked’, ‘so sad, so sexy’ and ‘Just Like A Dream’ as she danced with a tambourine in one hand and the crowd in the other.

Blood Orange AKA Devonte Hynes, who has toured previously with friend Florence Welch, brought another level of coolness to Hyde Park as he excited fans with classics such as ‘You’re Not Good Enough’. He later joined cool trio Khruangbin on stage. Their bopping baselines and catchy beats provided the summer soundtrack on this sunny Saturday. Nadine Shah brought a glorious wave of energy to Hyde Park before this, praising Florence for the “female heavy” line up of the day in between songs.

The crowds swarmed to the Summer Stage for Self Esteem, who recently returned to the scene with her latest album Compliments Please after a hugely successful decade as one half of indie duo, Slow Club. First up on the Great Oak Stage was Cherry Glazerr, who brought their sweet and savage LA sound to Hyde Park, led by the band’s indomitable frontwoman Clementine Creevy, dressed in a stark red two piece. Soul singer Mathilda Homer provided the cool, calming jazz on the Summer Stage – with the sun shining down on her and the intrigued crowd.

Other acts earlier in the day included Connie Constance, CC Honeymoon and Roses Gabor.

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TWO OF MUSIC’S GREATEST ICONS AMAZE  A SOLD-OUT HYDE PARK

TWO OF MUSIC’S GREATEST ICONS AMAZE A SOLD-OUT HYDE PARK

TWO OF MUSIC’S GREATEST ICONS AMAZE A SOLD-OUT HYDE PARK

For the first time in history, two of the world’s greatest musicians performed on the same billing – Bob Dylan and Neil Young. It was a day of music that was simply unmissable, with tickets selling out in a matter of minutes. And it’s easy to see why, this was a unique moment in music that perhaps may never be repeated.

Bob Dylan’s impact on popular music and culture is immeasurable. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, he is responsible for some of the most influential albums of all time, such as The Freewheelin’ Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. And here, on the Great Oak Stage, onlookers were treated to one of the park’s most special shows.

As soon as the opening notes of ‘Ballard Of A Thin Man’ occupied the air, Dylan commanded the crowd, taking them on a sonic journey through his 50+ year career. Sporting his distinctive hat and a glitzy jacket, he remained mostly perched behind the piano, performing hits such as ‘Make You Feel My Live’, ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ and ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. But with such an iconic voice and a back-catalogue that has made him one of the best-selling artists of all time, that’s all he needed to do. Throughout the set, Bob did it his way – with a grin that made it clear to see he was cherishing the moment just as much as the audience.

Neil Young remains the only artist of the rock era to compare to Dylan, and his performance shortly before Dylan’s was equally historic. Joined by his band, Promise Of The Real (including Lukas Nelson, the son of Willie Nelson and of A Star Is Born fame), they offered a comprehensive, career-spanning set. From the stunning, drawn out guitar passages on opener ‘Mansion On The Hill’ to gorgeous chorus on ‘Alabama’ or the beautiful harmonica chords on ‘Heart Of Gold’, magic was truly in the air.

The onstage chemistry between Young and The Promise of The Real was clear for all to see – best showcased during their playful, riveting guitar and drum solos on ‘Rockin’ in The Free World’. After this, the band collectively bowed and left the stage, before returning for a triumphant encore of ‘Like A Hurricane’, ‘I’ve Been Waiting for You’ and ‘Piece of Crap’.

Laura Marling is another artist who has had her fair share of accolades, winning the BRIT Award for Best British Female Solo Artist in 2011, several Mercury Prize nominations and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also regarded as one of the finest songwriters of her generation. Joined by a drummer and two talented female backing vocalists, they opened with ‘Master Hunter’, also performing the likes of ‘Devil’s Spoke’, ‘How Can I’ and ‘Daisy’. Other than a polite thank you to the audience, she let her music do all the talking.

Charlyn Marie Marshall aka Cat Power left the crowd in awe after an inspiring show. Hushed, vibrant, reverbed vocals floated over lo-fi guitar twangs, echoing around Hyde Park as the US musician and her note-perfect band worked their way through tracks off her critically acclaimed 2018 LP Wanderer and even ‘Song To Bobby’ from her debut album, Jukebox.

Opening the Great Oak Stage was young English heartthrob and Brit Awards Critic’s Choice winner, Sam Fender. After finishing ‘The Borders’, off his forthcoming LP, he declared “This is a day that me and my band are going to brag about for the rest of our lives, sharing a stage with Bob Dylan.” Despite being the first act on, the park was already bustling with eagerness, and Fender’s catchy, cheerful tunes only upped the excitement and anticipation for the day ahead.

Opening the North Stage was Boy Azooga, fresh from their recent stint supporting Neil Young. Also featuring were rock’n’rollers Vista Kicks and US ‘gothic blues’ singer Adia Victoria.

The Summer Stage welcome a whole of host of talent in Hardwicke CircusFlyte and hotly-topped Manchester four-piece, Big Society.

An iconic show naturally attracted celebrities in their droves, including: Kate Moss, Nick Cave, Woody Harrelson, Noel Gallagher, Jimmy Fallon, Sadie Frost, Cara and Poppy Delevingne.

Iconic record label Decca’s 90th anniversary exhibition at Village Green

Iconic record label Decca’s 90th anniversary exhibition at Village Green

Iconic record label Decca’s 90thanniversary exhibition at Village Green

Metal is proud to host the Decca 90 anniversary exhibition at Chalkwell Hall during Village Green on Saturday 13 July. Founded in 1929, Decca became known as The Supreme Record Company and it has been an iconic label ever since. Village Green is the only opportunity outside London to see the exhibition.

The exhibition traces the history of the prestigious label from its formation to the present day. Decca, now part of the Universal Music group, has a unique character, an illustrious past and an exciting future. The label that signedDavid Bowie and releasedPavorotti’s ground-breaking recordings, is now home to Irish singer and songwriterImelda May and superstar cellist  ShekuKanneh-Mason and an extensive roster of some of the finest artists in the worldAs Decca celebrates its 90thanniversary with a year-long series of releases, concerts and events, its pop up exhibition comes to Village Green to show why its early mission statement of being “The Supreme Record Company” is as relevant today as ever.

Decca 90 has come to Village Green thanks to its long-standing compere and Middle Age Spread DJ Daryl Easlea, who, in his other life is a writer, music consultant and the Curator of Decca’s 90th anniversary.

Tickets for Village Green are on sale now. As in previous years, 500 free tickets are available to holders of Southend Council’s Advantage Card C. These can be picked up from the Southend Borough Council reception – just have your Advantage Card C ready to show.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE from www.villagegreenfestival.com  

Full Price                                                                                                      

Adults £20 / 11-17yrs £15/ 0-10yrs FREE

N.B Booking fees apply whenever you book

Any ticket issues?  There is a customer helpline at Skiddle on 0333 3010101 (open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday). 

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For further press queries & press images for Village Green 2019 please contact press@metalculture.com or phone 01702 470700  

THE ULTIMATE ICON CLOSES A FULLY SOLD OUT  OPENING WEEKEND OF BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK IN STYLE

THE ULTIMATE ICON CLOSES A FULLY SOLD OUT OPENING WEEKEND OF BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK IN STYLE

THE ULTIMATE ICON CLOSES A FULLY SOLD OUT 
OPENING WEEKEND OF BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK IN STYLE 

📸 David Lim

Barbra Streisand’s spectacular performance was a fitting way to close a truly special sold out first weekend of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park – also featuring Bryan Ferry, Kris Kristofferson, The Kingdom Choir, Richard Marx, Jamie Lawson and more.

Streisand is the epitome of original. She has had Number 1 albums in each of the last six decades – the greatest longevity for any solo recording artist with 11 US Number 1 albums, 6 in the UK – and also an extensive film career that has seen her win 2 Oscars, 10 Grammys (including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award), 5 Emmys and the Golden Globe ‘Best Director’ – the only woman to who have ever won this.

Tonight, on stage in Hyde Park, we saw the American showcase not only her amazing musical prowess, but also her natural charisma and hilarious acting skills – with onstage antics that ranged from impersonating a cockney accent to regularly sipping English Breakfast Tea in true British fashion. She hilariously tweaked the lyrics in opening track ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’, mentioning the likes of Hyde Park, clotted cream, Cornish pasties and even Meghan Markle. The crowd roared in approval.

“On the way here, the driver asked me if I’d gone to any of the Pride celebrations. And I said why would I? I knew they’d be here tonight!” She continued “I believe everyone has the right to love everyone whoever they choose”.

The performance also featured a truly star-studded array of guests. Following Barbra speaking about her iconic role in A Star Is Born, she brought out none other than Kris Kristofferson to duet for the first ever time onstage, performing ‘Lost Inside Of You’ from the aforementioned film. Later, West End’s finest Ramin Karimloo took to the stage. Finally, Lionel Richie burst onto the scene for a duet of ‘The Way We Were’. “Can I tell you that being in front of this audience, your audience, and being here to sing this song with you is going to be the check of my life”, said Lionel.

Before Streisand, the typically sleek crooner Bryan Ferry had the duty of warming up the crowd for the headline show, something him and the note-perfect backing band did with ease. Donning a dapper navy suit, Bryan skipped, strutted and grooved through a myriad of hits such as ‘Can’t Let Go’, ‘You Can Dance’, ‘Let’s Stick Together’ and also some from his former band Roxy Music, including ‘Virginia Plain’, off their 1972 self-titled LP – just as the sun began to set on the gorgeous backdrop of Hyde Park.

Before joining Barbra on stage, country superstar Kris Kristofferson offered his own exceptional performance to a bustling Hyde Park basking in the glorious weather. “I’ve never seen so many people in my life”, chuckled Kris before striking the opening notes of his 1970 classic, ‘For The Good Times’. Other highlights included ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’, ‘Here Comes That Rainbow Again’, and closing number, ‘Please Don’t Tell Me How This Story Ends’.

Opening the Great Oak Stage was The Kingdom Choir, a London gospel choir who performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The 20 singers opened with a stunning rendition of Stormzy’s ‘Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2’, also doing an Aretha Franklin medley and even a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’.

The Barclaycard Stage welcomed a whole host of talent. Hannah Grace, who counts Lady Gaga as a fan, kicked off proceedings with a spellbinding performance, followed by singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson and the iconic, Grammy Award winning Richard Marx.

The aptly named Summer Stage featured AJ BrownRiva Taylorand Faouzia – whose powerful, infectious vocals and onstage charisma quickly drew in a massive crowd.

Famous names in attendance for Barbra Streisand included The Beckhams, Rebel Wilson, Myleene Klass, Dermot O’Leary, Andrew Scott, Ronan & Storm Keating, Leigh Francis, Claudia Winkleman, Richard Curtis, Emma Freud, Kelly Hoppen, Kate Garraway, Jacob Anderson, and of course Richard E. Grant – Barbra’s number one fan!

The second weekend welcomes a co-headline day of Florence + The Machine and The National, and Robbie Williams – who closes the seventh edition of BST Hyde Park. Plus, don’t miss the free midweek ‘Open House’ event linking the two weekends of music, from July 8 – 11. It features Free Movie Nights, Live Music and Entertainment, Street Food, Pop Up Bars, Tennis Screenings, Main Stage Yoga with lululemon, Cabaret, Family Theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, Piazza Birra Moretti & much more.

THE STEVIE WONDER SONG PARTY BRINGS A JOYOUS NIGHT OF CELEBRATION TO BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

THE STEVIE WONDER SONG PARTY BRINGS A JOYOUS NIGHT OF CELEBRATION TO BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

THE STEVIE WONDER SONG PARTY BRINGS A JOYOUS NIGHT OF CELEBRATION TO BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

Today saw Stevie Wonder headline the second unmissable day of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time, accompanied by a stunning support cast that included Lionel Richie, Lianne La Havas, Corinne Bailey Rae, Norman Jay MBE, The Heavy and Benedict Cork.

Few artists have made such a profound impact upon the music industry and society as Motown’s most enduring, recognisable face – Stevie Wonder. Aside from his unmatched back-catalogue that includes 32 #1 singles and worldwide sales of over 100 million units, his work as a tireless activist has elevated him beyond music stardom, a true great. And here to a packed-out Great Oak Stage, Stevie demonstrated why he remains one of the world’s finest performers and personalities.

Stevie’s dynamic, rich and infectious vocals glided through a plethora of tracks from his unparalleled career. From ‘Higher Ground’ to ‘Sir Duke’, from ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)’ to ‘Superstitious’, the US singer’s voice seamlessly blended with the backing singers, drums, percussion, horns and more, accompanied by the swirling technicolour visuals behind illuminating the whole of Hyde Park. The performance also saw the US musician pay tribute to a number of greats, such as Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Prince and David Bowie rounding up Stevie’s Song Party.

Towards the end of his show, Stevie stated, “I’m going to be doing three shows then taking a break. I’m having surgery. I’m going to have a kidney transplant at the end of September this year. I came here to give you my love and to thank you for yours. You ain’t gotta hear no rumours about us, I’m good” It was a typically defiant statement from an individual who has maintained his legacy in music for over 50 years, and who will no doubt continue this for generations to come.

Lionel Richie skipped onto stage and straight into the opening notes of ‘Running With The Night’, sounding just as sharp, sleek and sultry as upon its release 36 years ago. “I’m not going to do a lot of talking tonight. I’m just gonna’ play the songs and I hope you are going to sing along to every one of them!”Lionel’s wish was certainly granted, with the Hyde Park crowd bellowing back every word from tracks such as ‘Stuck On You’, ‘Endless Love’, ‘Hello’, ‘What A Feeling’ and ‘Say You, Say Me’.

As Lionel’s momentous set came to a close (following several outfit changes), he turned again to address the audience. “I’ve been in the business some 250 years, and it’s amazing every time I play these songs, the crowd gets even louder. I have two nine-year olds and one 12-year old having a great time, which means when I’m 96 they’ll be on the front row and we’ll still be kicking ass!”

Lianne La Havas burst onto the scene in 2012 with her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough, which earned her a nomination in the BBC’s Sound Of poll and The Mercury Prize. ‘Au Cinéma’, off the aforementioned LP, kicked off the UK singer’s stunning set, receiving a massive cheer of approval from the attendees. Other highlights included her exquisite rendition of the late Aretha Franklin’s ‘Say A Prayer’ and 2015’s ‘Unstoppable’.

Leeds soul queen Corinne Bailey Rae is a familiar face at Hyde Park, having performed here in 2016 – when Stevie Wonder also headlined. It was another rapturously received set, with Corinne even covering her personal favourite Stevie number, ‘Love Having You Around’. Wearing a shimmering gold dress and castanets in hand, Corinne worked her way through tracks from her four albums, with a special rendition of her iconic 2016 hit ‘Put Your Records On’.

West London’s finest Norman Jay MBE kicked off the Great Oak Stage with a smooth set, welcoming early attendees with Minnie Riperton’s gorgeous vocals on ‘Song For Everyman’ – setting the precedent for a day of sun-blushed music.

Opening the Barclaycard Stage was Joel Culpepper, who seamlessly flitted between falsetto and quick-fire bars, capped by an excellent rendition of Kelis’s 2003 anthem, ‘Millionaire’. Also featuring were vibrant girl band Four of Diamonds, Hype Park favourites The Cuban Brothers and rock royalty The Heavy, who gave a big shoutout to London Pride also taking place this weekend.

The Summer Stage welcomed a host of talent, including the debut show from Attawalpa, Conrad and Benedict Cork.

The Saturday line up attracted  stars  in  their  droves,  including Janet Jackson, Dua Lipa, Forest Whittaker, Tilda Swinton, David Schwimmer, Kate Beckinsale, David Walliams, Michael McIntyre, Sadiq Kahn, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Vicky McClure, Alesha Dixon, Emma Corrin, Beverley Knight and Chris Moyles.

Closing the first weekend of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time is the legendary Barbra Streisand. The second weekend welcomes a co-headline day of Florence + The Machine and The National, and Robbie Williams – who closes the seventh edition of BST Hyde Park.

CELINE DION KICK STARTS BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

CELINE DION KICK STARTS BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

CELINE DION KICK STARTS BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

Celine Dion kicked off two weekends of spectacular live music in Hyde Park for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park today with a stunning supporting cast of Josh Groban, Claire Richards, Jazz Morley, The Adelaides, Molly Hocking, Alice Chater, Kerri Watt and Anoushka Lucas.

First up on the Barclaycard Stage was Anoushka Lucas. She wowed the crowds early on, the perfect warm up for a day of true vocal talent. The Wandering Hearts opened up the Great Oak Stage performing as the first act on the main stage for the day – their blend of country and folk music complimented a very sunny Hyde Park, they opened with hit ‘Fire & Water’ and performed ‘Wish I Could’ before treating the audience to their new song ‘Your Love Hurts’.  

The glowing UK country trio The Adelaides returned to BST Hyde Park after a brilliant first performance in 2018. This time, they drew in an even bigger crowd performing on the Barclaycard Stage with their vibrant country tunes and soaring vocals. 

Claire Richards took to the Great Oak Stage straight after, donning a sparkly white jacket trouser suit with her band and dancers dressed in matching white t-shirts with her ‘CR’ logo. Beaming and very pleased to be there Claire commented “Trying my very hardest to look like a professional up here but I am freaking out not only ‘cos it’s this stage but it’s Celine day! It’s the only reason I’m here today.” Richards performed new tracks as well as classic anthems from Steps including ‘One For Sorrow’ she was watched on by her former band member Ian ‘H’ Watkins. She also covered ‘Someone You Loved’ by Lewis Capaldi and dedicated it to her children: “I get to do a few covers for radio sessions and every time I do it my children accuse me of stealing other people’s songs and then they find out some Steps songs weren’t ours and they accuse me of stealing those. But this is probably the biggest song of this year so far.”

Renowned US singer Josh Groban wowed the crowds and showed his pure excitement for being in the United Kingdom; “I love this country, I love London, I love this park, I come here on my days off when I’m over here, I’m the weird guy on the bench with the swans.” His theatrical performance saw him cover Gene Wilder’s ‘Pure Imagination’ and ‘Over The Rainbow’ and his biggest smash hit ‘You Raise Me Up.’ He finished on a beautifully operatic version of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’  

The one and only Celine Dion brought the house down like the ultimate icon she is, with an immense catalogue of hits and her hilariously quirky sense of humour to match. Celine made every person in the crowd feel like a best friend – even thanking them for joining her in the sing-a-long. In an emotional and passionate performance, she brought the glamour from her Las Vegas show with four costume changes. Rocking up on stage in a sparkly blue jumpsuit, Celine raved “‘I’m looking out at this sea of people you look beautiful! People of London – my people. Are you ready to have a good time with me tonight?”

Celine individually thanked all the supports who had come before her on the Great Oak Stage and also played homage to some of the huge films she has soundtracked on, including ‘Deadpool 2’, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Beauty And The Beast’. She also gave the UK their first live airing of her latest single ‘Flying On My Own’ and urged the audience to dance. She also paid tribute to artists including Prince with a special rendition of ‘Purple Rain’.

Celine finished her set with true class and a heartfelt tribute to John Lennon. She closed on ‘Imagine’, calling for peace and harmony “If I may, I would love to leave with this message of peace and harmony in the best way that I can.” The perfect ending to a perfect first day in Hyde Park. 

Lewis Capaldi to headline Kew the Music 10th July

Lewis Capaldi to headline Kew the Music 10th July

Lewis Capaldi to headline Kew the Music10th July

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is very excited to announce that Lewis Capaldi will headline Kew the Music on 10 July. Lewis Capaldi has taken the UK by storm since the release of his groundbreaking singles ‘Grace’ and ‘Someone You Loved’. Lewis’ stunning voice and heartbreaklingly beautiful melodies have already made their impressive mark on the world. Not only has Capaldi reached UK No.1 with the UK’s fastest-selling album of 2019 so far, he also sold out his 2020 UK and Ireland arena tour in a matter of minutes.

Now, Kew the Music is the hottest ticket in London. Capaldi will be joined by supports Nina Nesbitt and Dusky Grey. Tickets go on sale Monday 1st July at 12pm.

Lewis Capaldi joins an outstanding line up for Kew the Music 2019, which features soul-queen Beverley Knight & pop-superstar Billy Ocean, 9 July, much-loved Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, 11 July, R&B legend Craig David, 12 July, punk sensation Garbage, 13 July and 80’s icon Rick Astley on 14 July. Tickets are now on sale and music-lovers can book ahead for the unmissable evenings at the iconic, atmospheric venue which returns from 9-14 July, 2019.

Proving to be a hit amongst all generations of music lovers, the popular concerts are the perfect evening out for all the family to enjoy.  Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink, or to enjoy the open-air bars and tasty street food stalls. A sensational summer’s evening awaits.

Kew the Music has recently won the prestigious “Tony Kane Cultural Experience of the Year” at the Time & Leisure Food & Culture 2018 Awards, cementing the glorious week-long summer picnic concerts as a highlight in the cultural calendar.

For exclusive BBQ/ VIP Hospitality dining experiences visit kewthemusic.org.  Ready-made Picnic Hampers are available to collect on the night.

For more information please contact: The Outside Organisation
Suzannah Fellows
Suzannah.fellows@outside-org.co.uk
020 7436 3633

FUSION PRESENTS  ADD JAKE BUGG TO BILL

FUSION PRESENTS ADD JAKE BUGG TO BILL

FUSION PRESENTS 
ADD JAKE BUGG TO BILL

Fusion Presents, the brand new festival which launched this year from the team behind Liverpool pop weekender Fusion Festival have made another addition to the bill.

British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg is the latest addition joining headlinersKings Of Leon. The number one album-selling artist set the music scene alight making his festival debut at Glastonbury aged just seventeen. He released his latest album ‘Hearts That Strain’ in 2017 working with Grammy Award winning producers, David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney and collaborating with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the album was a top 10 hit in the UK.

The inaugural Fusion Presents will launch on Friday 30th August, set in the heart of Liverpool it will be headlined by rock superstars Kings of Leon who will be performing as a UK festival exclusive.

Franz Ferdinand, Echo & The Bunnymen and BRIT award winning artist Sam Fender have previously been announced as the stellar line up of talent on the bill.

Event Director Damien Sanders previously commented about the new festival. ‘Liverpool has always been a city with strong music heritage and we’ve wanted to launch a new event for the last couple of years. The biggest challenge has been finding the right artist for the job. We’re over the moon that we were able to secure one of the world’s most successful rock bands to launch Fusion Presents and we cannot wait to see them perform in our new home, Sefton Park.’

Tickets for Fusion Presents are on sale now available on: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/fusionpresents
General admission £59.45, VIP ticket £174.95

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Fusion Presents
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Friday 30th August 2019

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Barclaycard presents  British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2019!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2019!

Barclaycard presents 
British Summer Time Hyde Park’s
OPEN HOUSE 2019!

With ever-growing demand Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park announces even more FREE activities to their jam-packed midweek festival Open House
 
In collaboration with The Royal Parks, the free programme takes place between two legendary weekends of music, with headliners Celine Dion (5thJuly), Stevie Wonder (6th July), Barbra Streisand (7th July), Florence + the Machine / The National (13th July) and Robbie Williams (14th July).
 
Joining the likes of Sigur Rós ‘Liminal’ (SOLD OUT), Piazza Birra Moretti, Chickenshed Family Theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase and London’s best outdoor cinema are some of the UKs most anticipated outdoor activities! 
 
Calling all big kids and small, Open House welcomes The Playgroundfeaturing giant lawn games for all ages, all week long! For those Alice in Wonderland types, dive in the rabbit hole of Croquet or for something a little more sophisticated, have a go at Boules. Other games include, giant snakes & ladders, garden skittles, giant jenga and giant connect four.
 
lululemon is back for its second year, with ambassadors and friends Annie Clarke, Mariel Witmond and Jonelle Lewis leading an energizing vinyasa practice, flowing to the sound of live performances by the London Contemporary Voices Choir and DJ Tom Middleton. Complete the experience with a restorative breathwork session by lululemon ambassador Richie “The Breath Guy” Bostock to leave you on a natural high.
 
Practicing together for the first time ever, these teachers will change your perception of what you thought yoga could be. Within the serene surroundings of Hyde Park and serenaded by live music, they will bring together a community of yogis to be lifted up by a powerful asana flow and blissed out by a breathing meditation. Prepare for an experience you’ll never forget.
 
This class welcomes all levels – whether you’re stepping onto the mat for the first or thousandth time. It is free to attend and will take place in front of the Great Oak Stage at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. 
 
Join a blissful yoga, breathwork and live music experience with lululemon on Wednesday 10th July (from 18:15). Visit HERE to reserve your spot!
 
Cool down this summer with a refreshing can of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar whilst having your photo with the iconic Premier League Trophy at Coca-Cola’s experience; celebrate the start of the new summer promotion!
 
Craft Beer Rising announces music acts, Joe Godard (Balearic Set) and Raw Silk on Wednesday and Joey Negro (Z Records) and Krywald & Farrer on Thursday. Over 20 breweries will take part in the UKs biggest outdoor craft beer festival, including Brewgooder, Brixton Brewery, Fierce Beer, Hofmeister, Innis & Gunn, Mad Squirrel Brewery, Mondo Brewing Company, New Zealand Beer Collective, Stone & Wood Brewing and many more. Tickets start at just £5.90 and with a background of great summer music – this unique Hyde Park experience is an absolute steal! Visit HERE to get your tickets before they are gone! 
 
Open House welcomes Gelong Thubten, monk, speaker, meditation teacher and author to for one night only on Thursday 11th July. Gelong specialises in providing non-religious mindfulness workshops and training programmes. Together you can spend the evening learning to master the art of mindfulness and listening to Gelong’s story on how he became a monk.
 
As part of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s work with the local community, Open House will play home to a range of extraordinary talent from University of Westminster and BIMM London. Taking place from Monday to Wednesday on the Barclaycard stage you can experience the best in up and coming talents from Tally Spear, Elyona Biney, Helena Deans, Karim and Z E B E D E.
 
Barclaycard invites you to reconnect with your senses at the Barclaycard Sensorium. Reset, revive and awaken as you journey through the space.  Immerse yourself in colour and sound, get your taste buds tingling and even add a dash of sparkle to your festival look.  All before the chance to release your inner music star on camera, leaving you ready to go out and get more from the festival with all your senses firing. So, whether it’s taste, touch, sound, smell or sight, be ready to expect the unexpected and get more from your festival. All thanks to your Barclaycard.

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For Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park media enquiries please contact:
 
The Outside Organisation: 020 7436 3633
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