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Ultimate Guide to Hyde Park Gigs 2018

07 May 2018
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Whisper it quietly, but spring may have just finally sprung and summer can’t be too far behind it. With the changing of the seasons comes a stack load of outdoor activities to soak up in the London sunshine, including a programme of gigs long enough to make even Dizzee Rascal’s head spin. This year, Hyde Park is the epicentre of the entertainment, as British Summer Time (the festival, not the time zone) takes over the common for two weekends in a row. Here’s what’s on offer:

Roger Waters, with Richard Ashcroft, Seasick Steve and guests

Friday 6th July 2018

Co-founder of experimental rock heavyweights Pink Floyd, Roger Waters initially started out as their bassist before assuming the reins in front of the mic when Syd Barrett waltzed out of the group in 1968. Since then, he’s forged an incredibly successful solo career chock full of anthemic offerings, and the Hyde Park gig will include the highlights of his time with Floyd and on his tod as part of his Us + Them tour.

The Cure, with Interpol, The Twilight Sad and guests

Saturday 7th July 2018

Everyone’s favourite alt-punk-pop group The Cure come to Hyde Park as well this summer, with Robert Smith promising to feature hair every bit as frazzled and makeup every bit as ostentatious as in their 80s heyday. Smith formed the band while still in high school and is their only remaining original member, but expect crowd-pleasers such as Baba O’Riley, Just Like Heaven and Lovecatsto be as rabble-rousing as ever.

Eric Clapton, with Santana, Steve Winwood and guests

Sunday 8th July 2018

Perhaps the most famous British guitarist of all time, Eric Clapton has featured in bands as iconic as the Yardbirds and Cream, though he may well be most famous for his illustrious solo career. Air guitar classics like Layla and Tears in Heaven are sure to have the London crowds strumming away en masse – and if that wasn’t enough, he’ll be joined by American guitar legend Carlos Santana! A real treat for lovers of the instrument.

Michael Bublé, with Van Morrison, Bananarama and guests

Friday 13th July 2018

Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some – but not lovers of all things Bublé! The Canadian Crazy Love crooner unites pop, swing and jazz in one highly enjoyable package, opening up these sometimes-niche genres to a more mainstream audience. In a 22-year career, he’s notched up a staggering 18 awards, including four Grammys, an AMA and three Brit Award nominations. He’s only 42! Impressive stuff.

Bruno Mars, with Khalid, DNCE and guests

Saturday 14th July 2018

With a cool 130 million records sold worldwide, Bruno Mars can legitimately claim to be one of the most successful recording artists of all time and has deservedly won comparisons with Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince. Those plaudits have come about not just from his undeniable musical talent, but also from his penchant for showmanship – something sure to delight the Hyde Park crowds this summer.

Paul Simon, with James Taylor & his All Star Band, Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit and guests

Sunday 15th July 2018

Perhaps most famous as one-half of folk rock legends Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon has gone on to have an even more successful career alone – perhaps unsurprising given that he wrote the majority of the pair’s songs. In 1986, Simon released the African-inspired showstopper Graceland, which remains his most popular work to date in a career spanning over seven decades. Now 76 years young, Simon still has the ability to hit all the high notes and warble the lows – don’t miss him this time around.

Get your accommodation sorted

Whether it’s the easy listening of Michael Bublé or the funky soul of Bruno Mars you’re keen to attend this summer, make sure you have your accommodation sorted well ahead of time. London has never been known for its affordability when it comes to housing and things fill up pretty quickly, so it makes sense to investigate alternative avenues and get booked up as soon as possible.

One such avenue is our lovely Native studio, one and two bedroom apartments around the capital and not to mention Native Hyde Park an aparthotel a stone’s throw from Hyde Park. Combining the benefits of a home away from home with the convenience of a hotel, the Natives behind the idea can also offer insightful advice into each particular neighbourhood and allow you to access all the hidden gems that the city has to offer. For the British Summer Time festival, that local knowledge could prove indispensable to having the most memorable experience possible.

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