British Summer Time festival: Line-up includes Green Day, Phil Collins + Blondie
British Summer Time headliners Green Day will be joined by The Damned and The Stranglers for eclectic festival that’s set to take place in Hyde Park between June 30 and July 9
15 June, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Green Day will headline the BST festival in Hyde Park on July 1
IT’S nearly time for the big names to start heading to Hyde Park for this year’s British Summer Time festival, which again keeps its programme wide enough to appeal to the masses – Phil Collins, The Damned, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the headlining bill is eclectic, and the supports even more so.
But while the names sell tickets, we maintain that the Great Oak stage is the real star of the festival. When used right, like when The Rolling Stones appeared in 2013 against the most dramatic backdrop, or when Blur went all Japanese psychedelia in 2015, the huge rolling backdrop elevates the festival to a different league. We’ve yet to see what’s planned this year but, in the meantime, here’s an abridged round-up of the acts, supports and other entertainment you can expect to find between June 30 and July 9.
Phil Collins (above). The Genesis drummer was forced to cancel his Royal Albert Hall shows after a fall earlier this month. However, Collins expects to be ready for his Hyde Park opening show, so expect a defiant performance. Support comes from Blondie, whose next single, Too Much, from the acclaimed album, Pollinator, has recently been announced, along with Mike + The Mechanics, Starsailor, The New Power Generation, KC And The Sunshine Band, Chas and Dave and Cats In Space.
Green Day. Part of the band’s Incredible Revolution Radio Tour. Keen to showcase two of the original London punks that inspired them, Green Day will be joined by The Damned and The Stranglers. Also on the bill are California punks Rancid, gypsy-punk nine-piece Gogol Bordello, The Hives, The Living End, Beach Slang, Swmrs, Sunflower Bean, Public Access TV, Chicago five-piece The Orwells, Bash & Pop and Jesse Malin.
Justin Bieber brings back his Purpose world tour for his Hyde Park debut with support from one of EDM’s youngest superstars, Martin Garrix, Swedish singer Tove Lo, BRIT nominee Anne-Marie (above), ground-breaking producer Naughty Boy, French pop’s rising star Jain, Edinburgh singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, Will Heard, Vienna-born indie-electro artist James Hersey, Chicago electro duo Louis The Child, Leeds four-piece Skinny Living, Norwegian pop-singers Dagny and Anna of the North – aka Anna Lotterud – and her producer Brady, Mabel, daughter of Neneh Cherry, and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, six-piece Australian indie group Sheppard and Icelandic newcomer Glowie
JULY 3, 4, 5, 7
Open House. Movie nights (programme to be announced), live music and entertainment, street food, pop-up bars, Wimbledon tennis screenings, theatre, sports. Major League Baseball hosts a July 4 bash culminating in an all-star Home Run Derby hitting contest on the Main Stage, featuring some of MLB’s biggest hitters and surprise UK sporting stars. Visitors can also take part in a world-exclusive immersive VR baseball experience. Then, on July 5, fitness star, TV presenter and author Joe Wicks – AKA The Body Coach – will attempt to break the world record for the largest high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class (currently 3,687 people). Also find The Barclaycard Playground for young and old, giant slide, bungee trampolines, giant room of balloons, see-saw seat, swings and roundabout. Free live music on the Barclaycard Stage from 6pm to 10pm – award-winning beat boxer THePETEBOX (July 3); House Gospel Choir plus THePETEBOX (July 4); London Gay Men’s Chorus, plus Old Dirty Brasstards (July 5); running from 4pm on July 7 Soho Radio presents performances from The Cuban Brothers, The Curious, Mary Epworth, Little Barrie, Young Gun Silver Fox, and the Soho Radio All Stars Feat. Baby Bam, Terri Walker and Hamish Stuart. Soho Radio will be broadcasting live from OPEN HOUSE, with presenters including journalist Pete Paphides, Primal Scream bassist Simone Marie and legendary broadcaster Gary Crowley. Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School and Altitude Show – enjoy a flying trapeze lesson or enjoy free circus spectacular show Altitude on Wednesday evening. Chickenshed Theatre performs its acclaimed children’ s show Tales from the Shed – free of charge.
Grammy award winners Kings Of Leon (above) headline with Pixies, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Local Natives, Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit, Deaf Havana, Saint Motel, Tom Grennan, who first found fame on Chase and Status’ When It All Goes Wrong, The Cactus Blossoms, Benjamin Booker, Billy Raffoul and three time Grammy nominees Highly Suspect.
The Killers (above) will give fans a preview of material from their new album, following Elbow, Tears For Fears, White Lies, California’s Cold War Kids and British Sea Power, who recently released their first album in four years, Denmark dream-pop group Mew, Ivor Novello nominees Mystery Jets, young Irish four-piece The Strypes will showcase third album Spitting Image and Australian singer songwriter Alex Cameron.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (above) close this year’s festival with support from Stevie Nicks, US folk-rockers The Lumineers, British country duo Ward Thomas, Americana from Seattle’s The Head And The Heart, Nashville-based blues and southern rock band Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown, Southern California rock band The Shelters, Diane Birch, Jordan Mackampa, Howling Bells frontwoman Juanita Stein/Jade Bird /Catherine McGrath.
• Tickets and info at www.bst-hydepark.com/openhouse