British Summertime Festival: why summer 2016 sounds so good

Summertime in the UK is a feast for the senses. The rare warmth of sunrays on your face; the smell of flowers and fresh food on the BBQ; and all those summer favourites being played, each year redefining what the season sounds like.

This year, the season sounds a lot like British Summertime festival held in London’s Hyde Park.  Marking the first two weekends in July in your calendar, the month will be seen in on Friday 1st with a varied and exciting assortment of artists, including original trip-hoppers Massive Attack, Queen of anarchy Patti Smith, shit-hot art rockers TV on the Radio – and the utterly compelling Ghost Poet.

Saturday 2nd promises some huge sets from the likes of Florence & The Machine, sample King Jamie XX and pensive rapper Kendrick Lamar, interspersed with the sounds of Cat Power (she’s back!), Todd Terje and the Olsens, Blood Orange and Kamasi Washington.

On Sunday, festival goers are treated to a completely unique experience as renowned singer-songwriter Carole King transports every generation back to 1970s California, with a live rendition of her album Tapestry, which has never been played live, in full, ever before.

 

 

The following weekend follows a tough act well, with Mumford & Sons, soul maestros Alabama Shakes and innovative indie Brits Wolf Alice taking to the stage on Friday 8th July, joined in no small part by Kurt Vile & The Violators, Mystery Jets, Nick Mulvey and Baaba Maal.

Pop reigns on Saturday 9th, inviting screams from fans of Take That, Olly Murs, Ella Eyre and Nathan Sykes; and Sunday 10th July marks a massive crescendo in musical curation, with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae and KING closing the show.

Whether you’re a Londoner or flocking in from far and wide, there’s something for all at BST. Pick your favourite day or pick the whole festival, but

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Friday 1st July – Massive Attack / Patti Smith / TV On The Radio / Warpaint / Ghostpoet

Saturday 2nd July – Florence + The Machine / Kendrick Lamar / Jamie XX / Blood Orange / Cat Power / Todd Terje and the Olsens / Kamasi Washington Poliça / Georgia / Kelsey Lu / Khruangbin / Gabriel Bruce / Gwilym Gold / Cloves

Sunday 3rd July – Carole King / Don Henley / Louise Goffin

Friday 8th July – Mumford & Sons / Alabama Shakes / Wolf Alice / Mystery Jets / Nick Mulvey / Baaba Maal / Borns / The Very Best / Beatenberg / Baio / Kurt Vile & the Violators / Mt. Desolation / Matthew and the Atlas / Modern Pleasure / Rukhsana Merise / The Strumbellas

Saturday 9th July – Take That / Olly Murs / Ella Eyre / Nathan Sykes / Jamie Lawson

Sunday 10th July – Stevie Wonder / Pharrell Williams / Corinne Bailey Rae / KING