Preview: Barclaycard British Summer Time 2016

Spanning five dates across two weekends from 1st to 9th July, Barclaycard British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park returns for its fourth year. Since its inception in 2013 the festival has attracted the likes of The Rolling Stones, Lionel Ritchie, The Who and Taylor Swift in the summer of 2015. Although the 2016 line-up appears to lack acts of the magnitude and appeal seen in former years, it is still a festival of talent and variety.

British Summer Time opens on Friday 1st July with headliners Massive Attack bringing ‘a new and provocative audio-visual live show’ to Hyde Park. Joining the English trip hop group are US punk icon Patti Smith and Amercian rock band TV on The Radio as well as the more contemporary American indie rock band Warpaint and British vocalist Ghostpoet.

Saturday 2nd looks to be the stand-out day for many, seeing Florence + The Machine join critically-acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar as headliners with support from Jamie xx, adding to his hectic summer festival schedule. This is one of Lamar’s few live appearances this summer so the opening Saturday will be sure to draw a large crowd of avid fans. Sunday will no doubt attract an older generation, with Carole King performing hit album Tapestry in full for the first time live as well as performances from American singer-songwriters Don Henley and Louise Goffin.

Penultimately, the following Friday offers the most breadth in terms of genres with Wolf Alice, Mystery Jets, Nick MulveyBØRNS and Alabama Shakes just some of the top names joining the ever-popular Mumford and Sons, whose appearance will conclude their world tour. The festival closes on Saturday 9th with pop ballad sensations Take That supported by Olly Murs, MOBO winner Ella Eyre, acoustic artist Jamie Lawson and Nathan Sykes, former member of The Wanted.

Tickets for all days are available here, however certain General Admission tickets are now sold out. Further acts are still to be announced and they will be updated on the festival’s website.


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