Barclaycard British Summer Time 2015 PreviewPosted on Mon 15th June 2015
Barclaycard British Summertime offers 5 days of live music, 3 days of comedy a family day, plus a number of free events.
Since taking responsibility for events in Hyde Park three years ago, they have transformed the venue. The tired Main Stage has been replaced with The Great Oak Stage, including wrap around video screens, which I swear must be visible from Marble Arch. The sound quality is second to none wherever you are in the park, plus they now have a vast array of quality street food and the site has the feeling of downtown Havana.
The line up in previous years has been ‘patchy’ which has resulted in marketing gimmicks to get punters through the door, however this year’s line-up is so strong it sells itself.
For the first time in five years The Strokes will be performing in London headlining on Thursday 18th July, ably supported by Beck, Future Islands , Temples and Public Service Broadcasting.
Saturday sees Blur return to Hyde Park fresh from their Isle of Wight Festival successful return, also appearing are Metronomy, The Horrors and Drenge.
The Princess of pop Kylie takes to the stage on Sunday which is bound to be the most colourful day of the festival, other artists joining her include: Grace Jones, Chic featuring Nile Rogers, Mika plus Years & Years.
The Who, who will be celebrating 50 years since the release of Can’t Explain (ok its 51 but the tour started last year) will be headlining on the 26th. Also on the bill are the Mod Father Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, The Kaiser Chiefs and the Sleaford Mods.
Arguably the biggest ‘pop’ act of moment, the multi award winning Taylor Swift will be headlining on the 28th performing tracks from her five albums. Other artists appearing include Ellie Goulding, John Newman , Vance Joy and Rae Morris.
In addition to the music Barclaycard British Summer Time will see some of the best stand up comedians performing including Rich Hall, Jim Jefferies and Ed Byrne. The festival closes with a family day with a combination of live music and children entertainment.
Tickets are still available for all events (except Taylor Swift)