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Massive Attack at BST Hyde Park, 1st July 2016


By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park got off to a superb start on Friday with solid performances from Ghostpoet, TV on the Radio and the ever-combative Patti Smith, before headliners Massive Attack took to the stage.  By then, the rainclouds that had earlier brooded and spat dissipated and Bristol’s finest were handed a perfect evening to deliver a typically understated, dark and restless set that tied in perfectly with the prevailing frustration of the times.    

At first glance, BST’s opening line-up looked too diverse: shoehorning rap, indie, folk-rock and trip-hop into a handful of hours.  In the end, it worked perfectly as a powerful message ran through each act.  And if any of the 65,000 present missed it, it was emblazoned onscreen at the evening’s end: despite all the divisive crap going on, “we are in this together”.  

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Category: Dance

Stunning line-up announced for ‘Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Last night’s Brit Awards 2016 proved a memorable evening for all involved – with Lorde’s moving David Bowie tribute understandably going viral – but especially for the winners, including London’s own Adele.  And three amazing artists who narrowly missed out on the big prizes can console themselves with being part of perhaps the biggest day in London music later this year: Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

BST has announced that its line-up for the opening day on Saturday, 2nd July 2016 will include:

Florence + The Machine – nominated for Best Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year;

Kendrick Lamar – nominated for Best International Male Solo Artist; and

Jamie XX – nominated for Best Male Solo Artist.

And if that wasn’t enough to get you heading straight for the tickets website, the organisers have confirmed that Blood Orange will also guest that day, with further acts to be announced soon.

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Category: Comedy

3 Great Ways to Round off the Summer in London

It’s that time of year again. Summer is almost drawing to a close, the kid’s will be back at school and you’ll be back a work. This list gives you a few ideas to round off a memorable summer in London.

iTunes Festival, Camden (1st to 30th September)

The iTunes Festival 2012 returns to Camden’s infamous Roundhouse, hosting thirty days of live music absolutely FREE. All you have to do is apply for tickets and you can be in with a chance of winning. You can apply for as many dates as you wish, however if you aren’t one of the lucky ones, the concerts will be streamed live online, so you can still catch all the action.

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Category: Festivals
Olympic Torch Event

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Finale Presented by Coca-Cola at Hyde Park

Everyone’s favourite fizzy drink Coca-Cola sponsored the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. To celebrate, quintessentially British acts such as Dizzee Rascal, Katy B, Friendly Fires, Mark Ronson performed in celebration.

This event marked the last journey of the Olympic flame as it finally reached the nation’s capital, honouring the achievements of Future Flames. The people who were chosen by Coca-Cola and the public were honoured for becoming inspirational Olympic Torchbearers for this momentous occasion.

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Category: Festivals
Wireless Mud

Barclaycard Wireless 2012 Day Three with headliners Jessie J and Rihanna

The Final Chapter

The final day of Wireless Festival 2012 was more like a swamp than anything. The great British public should be commended for being brave, no matter rain or shine. The whole of Hyde Park had turned into a scene from the trenches, with mud absolutely everywhere, the green grass of yesteryear was a distant memory. This was truly a British summer.

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Category: Festivals
Wireless Festival 2012

Barclaycard’s Wireless Festival Review 2012 with Drake and Nicki Minaj

This past weekend, one of the biggest music festivals this year, took place in the very heart of London’s infamous Hyde Park. Barclaycard’s Wireless Festival, now in its seventh year, was back and bigger than ever, with tickets entirely sold out to the 65,000 lucky festival goers.

Rain. Sun. Rain…

As usual with the weather in the UK as changeable as Rihanna’s hair colour, it was advisable to bring both wellies and sunglasses. Saturday’s (Day 2 of the festival) weather saw bouts of rain and intense periods of sunshine, but as long as you had a drink in hand (preferably alcoholic) and good company, the weather took second stage. The festival was well laid out with toilets and food vendors pushed to the walls of the enclosure, allowing maximum space for the crowd to frolic around.

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Category: Festivals