The two Ed Sheeran shows in Reykjavik, Iceland this weekend (10thand 11thAugust) promoted by AEG Presents and Sena Live have become the country’s biggest ever gigs with record sales.Close to 50,000 people attended the Laugardalsvöllur stadium performances.

Simon Jones, AEG Presents SVP Live Music International said, “Though the biggest tour in history is coming to an incredible crescendo the records keep coming for Ed. These historic shows in Iceland were like nothing I have ever seen. They completely took over the country with Sheeran fever at its peak. It was absolutely a national event and the scale of the shows relative to the population was colossal. The biggest ever Icelandic shows in history.”

Earlier this year AEG Presents promoted a series of Ed Sheeran shows in South Africa which proved to be the biggest in South African history. In addition AEG Presents promoted the biggest ever South East Asian tour across a single album campaign.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour was recently named the highest-grossing tour of all time. It has also been named the most attended tour of all time. When it concludes more than 8.5m people across 43 countries will have seen Ed perform. 

Other highlights for AEG Presents in the past year include Hugh Jackman playing six nights at The O2 and selling 300,000 tickets across Europe and the Shawn Mendes arena tour. Coming up in the autumn is a major tour with Khalid. 

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, acquire a music catalogue from Benny Blanco

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, acquire a music catalogue from Benny Blanco

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, acquire a music catalogue from Benny Blanco

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Benny Blanco, an American musician, songwriter and record producer who has written 29 Number 1 songs and is responsible for the sale of hundreds of millions of albums worldwide.

Benny Blanco is one of the most important songwriters of the last decade having consistently written and produced hit songs with some of the biggest global pop-artists including Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kesha, Sia, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Keith Urban, Tory Lanez, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, J Balvin and Juice Wrld.

The Catalogue includes the Number 1 songs: ‘Love Yourself’ by Justin Bieber; ‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ; ‘Fire and the Flood’ by Vance Joy; ‘Same Old Love’ by Selena Gomez; ‘Luv’ by Tory Lanez; ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ by Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar; and ‘Freaky Friday’ by Lil Dicky as well as the Platinum and Multi-Platinum certified ‘Castle on the Hill’ by Ed Sheeran; ‘2002’ by Anne-Marie and ‘Lonely Together’ by Avicii.

‘Castle on the Hill’, which was co-written and performed by Ed Sheeran, was nominated for the 2018 Ivor Novello Award for ‘Most Performed Work’ and has been certified as 4x Platinum in the UK and 3x Platinum in the US as well as being streamed over 750 million times on Spotify alone.

‘Love Yourself’, which was co-written with Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco and produced by Benny Blanco, was the best performing single in the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. It reached Number 1 in 15 countries including the UK and US where it was certified 4x Platinum and 7x Platinum respectively.

‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ, reached Number 1 in the UK where it is certified 2x Platinum and Number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart where it is certified  4x Platinum. Globally it has achieved 25 Number 1 and 45 Top 10 chart positions.

In addition to his commercial success, Benny Blanco has received significant critical acclaim and was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.He has also received the BMI ‘Songwriter of the Year’ award fives times, won ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2017 iHeart Radio awards as well as being nominated for seven Grammy awards.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Benny Blanco’s copyright ownership in this catalogue of songs released since 2015which comprises 93 songs achieving 65 Number 1 and 183 Chart positions globallyand which have been streamed over 10 billion times.

Benny Blanco was represented in the deal by Doug Mark, Andrew Luftman, and Zvi Edelman. 

 Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“In a week when Benny is at Number 1 with Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello it’s fortuitous to have closed our deal and welcome him to the Hipgnosis family. Benny’s been having Number 1 songs for the last 12 years now, 10 of them since 2015 alone. That longevity, to be able to write Number 1 songs consistently for more than a decade and to have made incomparable contributions to establishing the most important artists of our time, is an almost impossible feat. He has literally defined the modern pop era in a way that very few others can lay claim to.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843

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.

Purchase both boxed sets here: https://store.rhino.co.uk/uk/factory.html



📸 Steve Turvey


Tickets for Rewind North (2-4 August) and Rewind South (16-18 August) available here: 

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. 

Follow Rewind Festival:

Facebook: /rewindfestival

Twitter: @rewindfestival

Instagram: @rewindfestival

Press contact: The Outside Organisation

David Lim – david.lim@outside-org.co.uk

Corinna Ingram – corinna.ingram@outside-org.co.uk

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division with immediate effect.

Following the creation of the new AEG Presents European Festival division CEO Jim King has made his first senior appointment, Laura Davidson.

Davidson will become Head of Artist Bookings, responsible for all bookings for the All Points East Festival. In addition she will support King across all existing AEG festivals and also future developments in the area. Davidson was previously a promoter based in the AEG/Goldenvoice London office. 

Jim King, CEO, European Festivals said:

“Laura will be an integral part of the team and I couldn’t be happier that she has joined us. She is one of the most passionate music fans that I have ever met and has proven herself to be expertly skilled in the role of originating and curating incredible festival line ups.”

Laura Davidson, Head of Artist Bookings, European Festivals added:

“I’m excited to be joining this new division at AEG. I was very proud to have been part of the team that launched a brand new festival with All Points East. I’m looking forward to an even better 2020 in Victoria Park as well as working with Jim across all of AEG’s festivals.”




This summer, A&M/Virgin/UMe and Janet Jackson will see key entries in the artist’s acclaimed canon reissued on vinyl, including A&M and Virgin albums.

The reissue series commenced in full with the wide release of Janet’s iconic, mega-platinum-selling third album Control on single vinyl in two different color options: black and translucent red. This was the first time Control, which is certified more than 10 million copies sold worldwide, has been reissued on vinyl since the album’s initial release on 4 February 1986. Fans who attended the initial phase of Jackson’s acclaimed Las Vegas Residency, Metamorphosis, which opened at the Park Theater at Park MGM on 17 May were able to purchase the Control LP in the on-site store, along with other incredible items.

 17 May also saw the first-ever digital release of 1987’s Control The Remixes, in an expanded version which combines rare remixes found on the album’s various international versions. It will be available in a 2LP configuration for the first time on 26 July. The album, making its US debut in any form, will also be available in a limited color vinyl edition.
Four other reissues have been timed to coincide with the second run of Jackson’s Metamorphosis Las Vegas Residency on 26 July. First, the impending 30th anniversary of September 1989’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (12x platinum worldwide) will be properly recognised with a first-time 2LP standard-black upgrade that restores interludes and unedited tracks missing from the original vinyl release. It will also be available in a striking, limited-edition silver color variant.
Next, May 1993’s janet. re-emerges 26th July on 2LP standard-black and limited-edition clear vinyl. This is the first-ever US vinyl release for janet. (14x platinum worldwide) and, in addition to its many hit singles, the reissue includes ‘Whoops Now’, which was previously made available only as a hidden bonus track on CD and digital versions of the album.
Also seeing its first-ever US vinyl release on 26th July is October 1997’s The Velvet Rope (10x platinum worldwide), which will be made available in 2LP form in both standard black and deep red. It will include on LP for the first time ‘Can’t Be Stopped’, which, like the bonus song on janet., was previously only made available as a hidden track on CD and digital versions of the album. Finally, April 2001’s All For You (7x platinum worldwide) returns on 2LP black vinyl. A beautiful picture-disc variant of All For You will also be available on 23 August.

Ms. Jackson continues to gear up for what promises to be a busy year ahead. Not only was she recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s vaunted Class of 2019, but her Las Vegas Residency, began in May and is currently scheduled to run for 18 performances in total through August. Residency 1 ran 17 to 26 May, while Residency 2 is set for 24 to 31 July and Residency 3 for 2 to 17 August. Jackson also made her debut at the Glastonbury Festival 2019 on 29 June, as well as appearing at Montreux Jazz Festival on 30 June.

This in-depth reissue series, with all albums produced and written in collaboration with longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, reinforces Janet Jackson’s legacy as a singular visionary creative artist. The scope of the sonic character evident all throughout these six albums serves to showcase her inherent instinct for fusing together a variety of musical styles, including rhythm and blues, funk, pop, soul, disco, and modern synthesised percussion all into one original mélange of sound that continues to be enjoyed by millions of fans the world over.
Having sold over 180 million albums worldwide to date, Janet Jackson has long proven herself to be a liberated and noteworthy artist, one who ultimately emerged as a global superstar and a model for independent women everywhere. Her catalog finds many hot, nasty grooves interlaced with much rhythm and grace, all of which continue to be well-worthy of aural revisitation on high-grade vinyl.

 Fans can preorder Janet Jackson’s reissued vinyl catalog here


Janet Jackson press contact – The Outside Organisation:
David Lim – david.lim@outside-org.co.uk
(+44) 7825 439 012



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)


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.

For media enquires: 
The Outside Organisation: 020 7436 3633

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.

For media enquires: 
The Outside Organisation: 020 7436 3633

Jim King promoted to become CEO of AEG Presents newly created European Festivals division

Jim King promoted to become CEO of AEG Presents newly created European Festivals division

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: Jim King attends Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park on July 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Jim King promoted to become CEO of AEG Presents newly created European Festivals division

AEG Presentsannounced today that Jim King,currently Executive Vice President of Live Music is to take on a new role as CEO of European Festivals. This division launches with the appointment of King and will build on AEG’s already strong presence in the European festival market which currently includes world class events Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park,All Points Eastand Rock En Seinein Paris. 

Having launched and established Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park as one of the world’s premier festivals, the 2019 series kicked off last weekend with headline shows by music legends Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and Barbra Streisand. 

King will be tasked with seeking out and developing a host of new opportunities in the festival space.  King will lead on all aspects of talent and operations for the current and future portfolio of festivals to deliver AEG’s festival vision. A hugely respected and popular figure in the music industry and the artist community alike, King will continue to be based in the London office reporting directly into President of AEG Europe, Alex Hill. 

King will work alongside AEG Presents’ UK CEO’s Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope, also reporting directly to Hill. They will continue to focus on growing the touring business in Europe and the UK. Highlights from the past year include Hugh Jackman playing six nights at The O2 and selling 300,000 tickets across Europe and Shawn Mendes and Michael Bublé arena tours. AEG Presents total offering in the UK stands at around one thousand shows. Homer and Leighton-Pope continue to oversee AEG Presents’ UK venues, the Eventim Apollo and Indigo at The O2. 

Jim Kingsaid, “I really believe that AEG does something truly special when it comes to festivals. The music fans and the artists are always at the heart of our thinking and this has meant we have been able to curate shows that resonate with them and keep both coming back. We have an incredible team and together we will meet this exciting challenge.I’m looking forward to working closely with Alex in finding and developing new opportunities to build on and maintain AEG’s leadership in this sector.”

Alex Hillsaid, “Jim is without a doubt the very best at what he does. We wanted to give him the freedom to accelerate AEG’s activity in the festival space hence the creation of this division and his leadership role at the head of it. I know that he and his team are going to do great things and being able to confirm him in this job as we approach the second weekend of BST Hyde Park seems very fitting indeed.”

King has worked at AEG Presents for over a decade following his time working for club brand Cream which saw him launch and run Creamfields. Prior to joining AEG King ran his own company Loud Sound that produced a variety of UK festivals. 

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  




📸 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.




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 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. 




Headie One has today announced his new single Back To Basics ft Skepta.
The latest release from Headie One, his first since All Day, features vocals from the legendary chart topping Grime rapper Skepta, who also guest stars in the video.
Directed by Hugo Jenkins (Black Dog, Ridley Scott’s production company) it features both Headie and Skepta, sparring and spitting lyrics with each other, in their own inimitable styles.
Watch the video for Back To Basics HERE
Following his own performance at Glastonbury last weekend and a guest appearance during Dave’s set for their #6 hit 18Hunna, Headie is on tour this autumn.  He will perform 12 dates across the UK and Ireland showcasing his signature flow to fans for his first run of live dates since his 2018 sold out tour.
Tour Dates  
13 – Y Plas               Cardiff
15 – The Academy   Dublin
16 – SWG3               Glasgow
18 – Academy 2       Manchester
19 – Newcastle Uni  Newcastle
21 – Leadmill            Sheffield
22 – O2 Institute       Birmingham
24 – O2 Academy    Oxford
26 – Concorde 2       Brighton
28 – SWX                  Bristol
10 – O2 Academy    Brixton
Headie also plays live at Ibiza Rocks and Reading & Leeds
For more info:
Jack Delaney 
The Outside Organisation




Dr Vades are back with another lesson in the art of sampling, this time with their summertime anthem “My Love”. The Womack & Womack inspired record offers a fresh slice of feel good, striking a balance between classic soul and UK House, partnered with stellar vocals from the multi-talented songbird Kamille. A record soon to be on lips and minds across the UK, ‘My Love’ is the early summer jewel you can expect to immerse you in a head bopping, toe-tapping frenzy from June through to December

Never the types to sit around twiddling their thumbs, ‘My Love’ is Dr Vades first release since their mid-spring smash ‘Ringtone’ which received an all-star remix and together with the original amassed millions of streams and views, as well support from Radio 1, 1 Xtra (A-List), Capital Xtra and Kiss Fresh to name a few. The Sky’s the limit for the black star brothers and ‘My Love’ is just another reminder that Dr Vades are here to stay




New Order announce release of Ultraviolence

New Order announce release of Ultraviolence

New Order announce release of Ultraviolence

New Order 2019. Warren Jackson.

New Order are proud to release the audio of Ultraviolence, taken from their forthcoming live album ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..

Listen to Ultraviolence HERE

Originally released on their second album Power, Corruption & Liesin 1983, this live version was recorded at the Old Granada Studios as part of the Manchester International Festival in 2017. 

This summer New Order will be performing at festivals throughout Europe and have just announced four nights in January 2020 at the legendary Miami venue, The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.   


1 Times Change (Live at MIF)

2 Who’s Joe (Live at MIF)

3 Dream Attack (Live at MIF)

4 Disorder (Live at MIF)

5 Ultraviolence (Live at MIF)

6 In A Lonely Place (Live at MIF)

7 All Day Long (Live at MIF)

8 Shellshock (Live at MIF)

9 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (Live at MIF)

10 Subculture (Live at MIF)

11 Bizarre Love Triangle (Live at MIF)

12 Vanishing Point (Live at MIF)

13 Plastic (Live at MIF)

14 Your Silent Face (Live at MIF)

15 Decades (Live at MIF)

16 Elegia (Live at MIF)

17 Heart & Soul (Live at MIF)

18 Behind Closed Doors (Live at MIF)



Ltd Edition Triple Coloured Vinyl

LP1 – Transparent Red / LP2 – Transparent Light Green / LP3 – Transparent Blue 

24 Page Deluxe Booklet. Packaged in a hardback slip case with spot gloss varnish


Double CD w/ Deluxe Booklet

Packaged in triple gatefold sleeve with spot gloss varnish

AEG Presents makes Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 their most sustainable and community-led festival yet!

AEG Presents makes Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 their most sustainable and community-led festival yet!

AEG Presents makes Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 their most sustainable and community-led festival yet! 

AEG Presents haveannounced a series of new sustainability initiatives alongside growing its community activity at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.In addition to their commitment to community and sustainability, AEG Presents’ strives to make their events accessible to everyone. This was recognised by recent wins at the Outstanding Attitude Awards and by securing Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, which recognises the event’s long-term and continued commitment to inclusivity and access for deaf and disabled people. 

Sustainable practices championed atBarclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park include achieving zero waste to landfill, ensuring all food packaging and cutlery is bio-degradable and a ‘leave no trace’ policy so every single item dropped in the grass is picked up by the litter team. A dedicated ‘Green Team’ work to maximise recycling rates, and 100% of the fuel used is from renewable sources such as HVO. Food traders are ethically and environmentally conscious with 80% of food traders offering meat-free options including Oh My Dog!, Eat Chay and Paellaria. Further to this all staff and visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle and use greener travel options such as public transport or arriving by bike. 

The event’s partners are also a key part of sustainability drives. As part of the work to eliminate single-use plastic, the event and Heinekenwill trail a new plastic-free paper cup made from plants (100% compostable). All serve-ware provided by the event is 100% recyclable, but non-recyclable items can potentially be brought in during the free-to-enter Open House event (July 8thto 11th). For these items, Barclaycardwill be trialling a new bin system with Recycling Technologiesto help recycle previously unrecyclable plastics such as crisp packets, carrier bags, wrappers and bottle caps entering the site as part of picnics. 

As well as minimising negative environmental impact,it is crucial and of the utmost importance to AEG Presents and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Parkthat they work closely in partnership with The Royal Parksand the local community to ensure the festival has maximum positive impact on the area. This is why AEG Presents is committed to using local suppliers, operators and content providers such as Dreamarts, has a dedicated community impact management team on site, as well as attending meetings with local stakeholders year-round to gain invaluable feedback and suggestions. 

AEG Presents and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park further give back to the community by offering training and paid employment opportunities to local schools and universities, including University of Westminster. The event also holds a 4-day midweek event between shows, Open House, with free-to-enter activities. Open House 2019, takes place on Mon 8th– Thurs 11thJuly, includes free movie nights, live music and entertainment, street food, pop-up bars, tennis screenings, yoga with lululemon, cabaret, family theatre, The Royal Parksshowcase, Piazza Birra Moretti & as a 2019 exclusive Sigur Rós bring their free live ambient performance ‘Liminal Soundbath’. 

As part of AEG Presents and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’scommitment to their partner, The Royal Parkscharity, they will continue to raise money to help support developments within their green spaces, as well as supporting multiple other charities through their partnership with My Cause UK.

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events for The Royal Parks, said, “We work very closely with AEG Presents to ensure our Sustainability Strategy is embedded into the British Summer Time (BST) event planning process and so we welcome the pioneering green practices being introduced this year. Events, such as BST, are instrumental in bringing the community together as well as for raising vital funds to help with the maintenance of the parks. We are however acutely aware of the need to protect the parks and the wider environment.”

AEG Presents strives to be the most accessible event organiser in the UK and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is no exception to that rule. After winning big at the Outstanding Attitude Awards and gaining Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, the event organisers have no reason to slow down now. Facilities include three accessible viewing areas over two stages and roaming drinks vendors at The Great Oak Stage and The Barclaycard Stage, British Sign Language interpreters for all acts on The Great Oak Stage, accessible toilets at every toilet block, Hearing Induction Loops, free Personal Assistant tickets for all ticket types and a dedicated access hub and entrance. All pre-event information is available in audio and easy read versions and there is a dedicated access customer service team available all year via email and phone.  

Senior Event Maganer for AEG Presents, Jenny Hamada said, As a ten-day event with nearly half a million visitors each year we have a huge responsibility to deliver for our visitors, the local community and Hyde Park itself. We take this responsibility extremely seriously and work with our partner The Royal Parks year-round to build and implement positive initiatives. Whether you are a ticket-buyer, watching a free cinema screening, live down the road or run a business nearby, we strive to continuously improve the experience for all those involved with the event. Protecting the park and surrounding environment is also central to our planning and management. We work tirelessly to develop creative solutions to ensure that we are leading the way in the industry and being as green as we can be.”

For media enquiries re Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Nicholas.caley@outside-org.co.uk/emily.bigg@outside-org.co.uk

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
020 7436 3633




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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Kim Petras has released “Clarity” – a brand new project encapsulating 12 original songs from her second era. Stream here. In a radical move for a pop star, Kim has been releasing a new single every week for the past 8 weeks, taking her fans on a journey through to the latest stone cold banger, ‘Icy’ (listen).

With 2018’s ‘Heart to Break’, Kim established herself as a pop force to watch for, racking up over 150 million global streams and earning her admirers like Demi Lovato and Charli XCX, but it was heartbreak and a year of personal growth that shaped her new material.

While Kim was belting out exuberant pop melodies night after night on tour to eager fans who sing every line back to her, she was quietly going through a bad break up. “I felt like I needed to cover that up all the time,” Kim said. “I was doing back-to-back shows, singing all of these super happy songs, and then I would go and cry in my hotel room.”

“Writing for me was – and is – therapy. I’m a songwriter first before anything else,” she adds. The resulting first taster of this era – ‘Broken’ – unveiled a more personal side to the ‘woo-ah!’ pop vixen’s repertoire, and fans and critics alike took note. The FADER welcomed this “darker and more grounded” direction while Wonderland praised Kim for “showing off her vulnerable side while simultaneously giving a big ‘fuck you’ to past lovers”.

From writing ‘Broken’ and similarly emotional singles like ‘All I Do Is Cry’ and ‘Another One’, Kim found catharsis and newfound confidence. “There’s a little bit of an arc to this era,” Kim explains. “Because ‘Broken’ leads into ‘Clarity’, and I’ve learnt that a lot of the little things that go wrong in life don’t really matter at the end of the day. If anything, I’m now a stronger person because of them.” Everything in between hits on all the relatable phases in post-break up life.

“I have these club, hoe anthems because after a break-up you want to go out and have fun,” Kim said, pointing out mischievous bangers like ‘Meet The Parents’ and ‘Got My Number’ (listen), which hears her leak her best friend’s phone number and tease “I don’t wanna be a good girl tonight. I just wanna be your bad girl, alright.”

Sonically, on the project’s moodier hues, Kim has drawn on Rihanna, Post Malone and Lana Del Rey for inspiration but she never strays far from her bombastic pop roots. ‘Sweet Spot’ (listen) is an iridescent disco-pop number that recalls the effervescence of her idol Kylie Minogue’s Fever era. ‘Personal Hell’ (listen) is a nod to the stomping synth-pop of Soft Cell through the gaze of Britney’s “Blackout”, while the raunchy ‘Do Me’ hears her fuse 80s power synths with a slick, hip hop flow.

There are shots of pure hedonism on “Clarity” too, and it’s clear that after years of hustling to make it in the industry, life in the fast lane suits Kim. On ‘Blow It All’ (listen), she playfully flexes about her lavish lifestyle, singing “Yeah I feel like I made it, waited all my life. Everybody rollin’ trynna feel alive. Can’t take it with ya, blow it all tonight.” Meanwhile, the project’s introspective closer‘Shinin’’ is an inspirational message for her fans, encouraging them to keep shining through personal hardships.  

The “Clarity” project has so far amassed over 16.5 million streams and kept Kim dominating Spotify’s New Music Friday and Apple’s Best of The Week global playlists for 9 weeks.

Kim is currently completing her first ever headline tour across North America, which sold out during pre-sales. The “Broken Tour” hits Europe in August, including a sold out show at London’s Heaven on 27 August. While in the UK, Kim will also be performing at Leeds Festival (23 August), Manchester Pride (24 August) and Reading Festival (25 August). For all live updates, visit kimpetras.com. 

Kim, who is a self-directing independent artist and songwriter, debuted with the #1 Spotify Global Viral 50 bop ‘I Don’t Want It At All’, which features a cameo by Paris Hilton in the music video. Since then, Kim has opened for Troye Sivan on The Bloom Tour across North America and headlined Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019. While in Australia, Kim was also invited by Rita Ora to open on her Phoenix World Tour. The German-born pop prodigy also attracted critical acclaim for her Halloween mixtape last year “TURN OFF THE LIGHT VOL. 1”, with a follow-up due this October. She has also racked up millions of streams through her collaborations with Charli XCX, SOPHIE and Cheat Codes.

“Clarity” – track list


Friday 23 August – Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK

Saturday 24 August – Manchester Pride, Manchester, UK

Sunday 25 August – Reading Festival, Reading, UK

Tuesday 27 August – Heaven, London, UK [SOLD OUT]

Friday 30 August – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France

Sunday 1 September – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tuesday 3 September – Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany

Wednesday 4 September – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne, Germany

Follow Kim Petras:

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Twitter: @kimpetras

Facebook: /kimpetras

Press contact – The Outside Organisation:

David Lim – david.lim@outside-org.co.uk

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Nathan Diamond – nathan.diamond@outside-org.co.uk