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Brill Clinton! George joins festival line-up

29 June, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

George Clinton will be at the Roundhouse as part of the Innervisions festival

THE first half of July brings two very different kinds of festival to London’s music calendar, each attracting some classic artists, but in very different settings.

If the heatwave continues, British Summer Time (BST) Festival (July 6-15), featuring Paul Simon, Bruno Mars, The Cure, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Michael Bublé, may well be responsible for creating one of London’s biggest outdoor summer parties as thousands head to Hyde Park to witness the acts take to the Great Oak stage.

Details of the festival’s free midweek Open House programme have also now been released.

At the same time, Innervisions, a brand-new festival of soul, jazz, blues, funk, reggae, hip-hop, Latin and world music (July 3-14), brings the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Black Star, The Pharcyde, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Mavis Staples to a selection of indoor venues across London – handy if the weather takes a turn.

We take a look at both festivals below:

• With Santana, Seasick Steve, Interpol, Goldfrapp, Van Morrison, James Taylor and Bananarama amongst the many support acts to be signed up to BST, along with a 40th anniversary show from The Cure – feel old? – and Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound farewell tour on the horizon, there is definitely a nostalgic air around this year’s Hyde Park line-up.

Bruno Mars, Khalid and Charlie Wilson are there to attract a slightly younger crowd on July 14 but, for the most part, the acts will appeal to a more mature or inter-generational crowd.

Midweek, BST opens its doors to the public with its Open House programme, with a free open air-themed cinema (from 80s to musicals) – headphones provided, family theatre, aerial circus, gardening masterclasses, Wimbledon screenings and hip-hop and Bogan Bingo, all surrounded by a Cuban-style village of bars and street food.

Paul Simon. Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews

There’s also a programme of free live music from Mister Kanish + Daytoner (July 9), Freddie & Freeloaders + London Gay Big Band (July 10), London Gay Men’s Chorus + Temple Funk Collective (July 11) and House Gospel Choir + Old Dirty Brasstards (July 12).

The main festival begins on Friday (July 6) with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, Seasick Steve and Squeeze. The Cure follow on Saturday (July 7) with support from Interpol, Goldfrapp, Editors, Ride, Slowdive, The Twilight Sad and more.

The first weekend closes on Sunday (July 8) with Eric Clapton, Santana, Steve Winwood and Gary Clark Jr.

The second weekend begins with Michael Bublé on Friday (July 13), Bruno Mars on Saturday (July 14) with DJ Khalid and more, while Paul Simon closes BST 2018 on the Sunday (July 15), joined by James Taylor & His All-Star Band, Bonnie Raitt and more.

• Meanwhile, Innervisions Festival makes its debut across London, providing an indoor choice to fans and bringing some mighty names to various venues across the capital, many very close to home.

Starting off at Koko with Lalah Hathaway, the festival includes four nights at the Roundhouse.

The line-up is as follows: Lalah Hathaway, Koko (July 3); Mario Biondi + Ruth Koleva, Indigo, 02; Jimmy Cliff, Roundhouse; Oddisee & Good Compny + Eabs, Koko; Bugge Wesseltoft + Henrik Schwarz + Dan Berglund, Union Chapel; Soil & “Pimp” Sessions + Dans Dans, Under The Bridge (July 5); Angie Stone, Roundhouse; Moonchild + Alpha Mist + Eric Lau, Koko; The Bad Plus + Run Logan Run, Under The Bridge (July 6); Incognito + Cymande + Carleen Anderson, Roundhouse; Fred Wesley and the New JBs + Will Sessons, Under The Bridge (July 7); George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Roundhouse (July 8); Rokia Traore + Dayme Arocena, Barbican; Lucky Chops + Moon Hooch, Koko (July 9); Mavis Staples, Union Chapel (July 9 and 10); Blackalicious + The Herbaliser + Rodney P, Koko; Werkha (live) + Richard Spaven Trio, 100 Club (July 10); Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Under The Bridge (July 11); Leroy Hutson, Barbican; Lucky Peterson and the Organization, 100 Club; Christian McBride’s New Jawn + Marcus Strickland + Josh Evans, 229 (July 12); Janet Kay & Carroll Thompson, Under The Bridge (July 14).


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