The line-up for the second weekend of this year’s British Summer Time Hyde Park has grown with the announcement of special guests for Michael Bublé (13th July), Bruno Mars (14th July), and Paul Simon (15th July).
The annual festival has also introduced new innovations in accessibility, including a more efficient booking system, improvements to viewing platforms and BSL (British Sign Language) provision, and a Ticketing Without Barriers coalition launched by Attitude is Everything.
Supporting Michael Bublé at his only UK performance of 2018 are Irish pop-country singer Catherine McGrath, who performed at last year’s event; country-pop trio The Adelaides, who made a real impression at the Country Music Fest last October; former TOWIE star Megan McKenna; Nottingham singer-songwriter Rob Green; alternative folk duo Gypsyfingers; and Brit-poppers The Tailormade.
They join a line up that already includes Van Morrison, Bananarama, The Feeling, and The Shires.
Bruno Mars, currently on his 24K Magic World Tour, will be joined by the Joe Jonas-fronted DNCE, best known for their single Cake By The Ocean; musician, singer, songwriter, producer, multiple Grammy nominee and the former lead vocalist of The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson; trombonist and singer Trombone Shorty; London rapper Yungen; singer-songwriter Tom Walker; New York-based duo Sofi Tukker; pop poet Liv Dawson; soul singer-songwriter Alex Hepburn; and DJ Rashida. The bill for the 14th July is completed by the already announced Khalid.
Paul Simon, whose Hyde Park appearance will be the last UK show of his The Farewell Performance retirement tour, will be joined by folk singer, guitarist, poet, and actor Johnny Flynn, who fronts the band The Sussex Wit and has collaborated with the likes of Mumford and Sons; Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, who’s carved out a successful solo career since releasing his debut album The Wave in 2016; three-time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin; and country duo Ward Thomas. Also set to play on 15th July are Callaghan, Night Flight, Sarah Darling, Jesca Hoop, and Blueprint Blue. They join the previously announced James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.
Tickets are still available for the Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars, and Paul Simon shows, but the first weekend of British Summer Time Hyde Park, featuring Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7th July), and Eric Clapton (8th July) is sold out.
Now in its sixth year, the event continues to cater for all access requirements. Three accessible viewing areas over two stages feature exclusive wandering vendors and access for a friend or family member with interchangeable, free personal assistant passes.
Ticket holders can now also provide their evidence of disability in advance, so there is no need to bring private documents on the day. It will also enable the festival to build a database of accepted evidence so information doesn’t need to be resubmitted in future years.
Expanding on the ‘Quiet Space’ facility, one of the main objectives for 2018 is to make sure that the festival is inclusive for those with invisible disabilities, all the while retaining their existing accessibility services, including accessibility route video, hearing induction loops, accessible toilets with hoist, and British Sign Language performance interpreter for all Great Oak Stage performances when requested.
For more information on accessibility, visit the British Summer Time Hyde Park website.