Elton John Invites His Own Special Guests To BST Hyde Park
Elton John will perform at British Summer Time Hyde Park as part of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour on June 24. In fact, the entire festival day has been curated by the “Rocket Man.”
Joining Elton John on the day will be BRIT Award nominee Rina Sawayama, soul trio Gabriels, British pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma, Trinidad-born and London-based rapper, producer and songwriter Berwyn, 21-year-old Melbourne-raised singer-songwriter Thomas Headon, 18-year-old newcomer Tom A Smith, and Congolese vocalist Juanita Euka.
Sawayama and Elton John collaborated last year on the duet “Chosen Family.” Gabriels from LA released their latest album, Love And Hate In A Different Time, in 2021. John described it as “one of the most seminal records I’ve heard in the past 10 years.”
The selection confirmed John’s “reputation as one of the UK’s greatest champions of new and emerging artists,” according to a press release from BST promoter AEG Presents.
When Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour wraps in 2023, it will have visited five continents with over 350 dates. It marks the retirement from touring after more than 50 years for John, who ranked No. 11 on Pollstar’s list of the “Top Touring Artists Of The Decade,” released in November 2019, with a gross of $675,886,369.
Speaking of BST Hyde Park, a few names were also added to the day headlined by the Eagles, June 26. Joining previously announced special guests Robert Plant + Alison Krauss, and Little Big Town are Cam, Morgan Wade, Patrick Droney, and The Wandering Hearts.
The Wandering Hearts released the following statement: “We are absolutely beside ourselves to be included in this line up. The Eagles have been a huge influence on us growing up and especially as a vocal harmony group. The same must be said for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, in fact we have huge amounts of admiration and respect for all the artists on this year’s line up, many of whom have been firm favourites of the band for years!”
Eagles will finally perform to audiences in the UK, Ireland and Europe again, visiting four stadiums – Gelredome Arnheim, Netherlands, Anfield Stadium Liverpool, England, BT Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh, Scotland, and Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland – as well as London’s Hyde Park in June.
The Elton John concert, June 24, as well as Adele’s shows, July 1-2, are sold out. Tickets for the remaining BST Hyde Park days are still available.
Nick Cave’s Special Guests At APE
All Points East, taking place at London’s Victoria Park, announced the full lineup for Aug. 28, the day headlined by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Spiritualized, Kae Tempest, Robert Glasper, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Party Dozen, Starcrawler, and Chilli Jesson join previously announced Michael Kiwanuka, The Smile, Sleaford Mods, Aldous Harding, Anna Calvi, Japanese Breakfast, Tinariwen, Jehnny Beth, and Joan As Police Woman.
Disclosure, who headline the day before, Aug. 27, also just announced the list of special guests joining the bill on the day: Charli XCX, Mura Masa, Shy FX, Franky Wah (live), Wesley Joseph, Lola Young, and Joy Anonymous have joined previously announced guests James Blake, Fred Again.., Koffee, Freddie Gibbs, Channel Tres, and more.
The other All Points East 2022 headliners are Gorillaz (Aug. 19), The Chemical Brothers, and Kraftwerk on Field Day, a Broadwick Live brand that partnered with AEG Presents last year (Aug. 20), Tame Impala (Aug. 25), and The National (Aug. 26).
Different tickets for all the festival days are available now.
Live At Leeds: In The City Announces First Wave
Live At Leeds: In The City, scheduled Oct. 15, has unveiled more than 50 names in its first wave of artists, led by Pale Waves.
The band’s Heather Baron-Gracie commented, “We’re super excited to be headlining this year’s Live At Leeds: In The City! It’s always been a great city for us and a fun one to play, we can’t wait to be back to play some tracks from our new album Unwanted.”
Pale Waves are joined by Thomas Headon, Palace, Working Men’s Club, Baby Queen, Will Joseph Cook, W.H. Lung, Highschool, Opus Kink, Prima Queen, Sprints, and many more.
The lineup announcement comes two days before the newly launched Live At Leeds: In The Park takes over Temple Newsam Park in Leeds, June 4. Headliners Bombay Bicycle Club lead a bill that also includes Nothing But Thieves, Arlo Parks, Sea Girls, Honne, and more.
Speaking about Live At Leeds: In The City 2022, promoter Joe Hubbard said, “As we get ready for the inaugural edition of Live At Leeds: In The Park, we’re delighted to announce the first wave of names for the festival that started it all – Live At Leeds: In The City. It’s been formative for so many artists’ careers and we’re excited to be criss-crossing across Leeds city centre this October to discover more of our favourite new artists who are set to takeover in 2023 and beyond!”
Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, The 1975, Lizzo, Sam Fender, Royal Blood, Sam Smith, and Tom Grennan are a few names that played Live At Leeds, before they had reached arena and stadium status.
Headliners Pale Waves are another great example, having played their first set at Live At Leeds at the Brudenell Social Club in 2018. “Having them return to headline the festival as a whole is sure to be a real moment. With many more to be announced, it’s going to be an incredible day and we can’t wait to see everyone this October,” said Hubbard.
Tickets for Live At Leeds: In The City 2022 start at £39.
New Stages At Junction 2’s Temporary Home
The promoter’s of Junction 2 Festival unveiled a series of new stages at Trent Park outside of London, which will be the event’s temporary home, June, 18-19, until building works are completed on its original site (Boston Manor Park).
The Arches will host most of the live acts, including Jon Hopkins, Max Cooper, Ben Böhmer, George FitzGerald, and Robert Hood. The Stealth is an expansive, open-air stage providing the biggest dance floor of Junction 2, as well as clear sight lines no matter where people are stood. Four Tet, Hessle Audio, TSHA, Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, and ANNA are going to perform there across the festival weekend.
The Observatory comes modelled with a stretched canvas roof, DJs are eye-level with the dancers, who are able to surround the booth from all sides when DJs including Dixon, Maribou State, Nina Kraviz, Esa, Dr Rubinstein, and FJAAK take the decks.
The Tunnel, as the name suggests, is a long rectangular corridor that’s completely sealed and pitch black inside. “With vision impaired, the sense of hearing will be heightened,” is the promoters’ thinking behind the design. Dax J, Avalon Emerson, Romy, 999999999 Live, Benjamin Damage Live, and other will perform in The Tunnel.
The Dome, which is exactly what its name suggest, will host Roza Terenzi, D.Tiffany, Jossy Mitsu, Margaret Dygas, and Fumiya Tanaka while The Speaker’s Corner offers space for artist-led conversations exploring electronic music culture across both festival days.
Promoter Jeff Gray commented, “We are delighted to be able to show everyone what we envisage for Junction 2’s 2022 home of Trent Park. It’s safe to say that for this year’s festival we have gone beyond anything we have done before and our team is working around the clock to ensure it’s going to be a very special weekend. The investment that has gone into the sound and production will top what we have spent in previous years and we cannot wait to celebrate this momentous occasion with you all and some of the world’s very finest selectors.”
Alan Walker, Nicky Romero & More Complete Parookaville
Parookaville, scheduled for July 22-24 at Weeze Airport, Germany, has completes its line-up with Alan Walker, W&W, Nicky Romero, Öwnboss, Electric Callboy, and 100-plus other acts.
In total, more than 300 artists will perform across 10 stages, including the gigantic 35,000-capacity main stage. Parookaville’s eight-person booking department still has “a few enticing secrets up its sleeve,” according to a press release from promoters.
A wide variety of tickets is on sale.
Food & Music In An Abandoned Forest
Lost Village festival, a music and food festival set within an abandoned forest in Lincolnshire, England, returns Aug. 25-28.
The musical lineup features Bonobo, Jamie XX, Tom Misch, Kojey Radical, Horse Meat Disco, Honey Dijon, Daphni, Jayda G, and more.
In terms of food, Table in the Woods will set up shop at Lost Vilage, with chefs Santiago Lastra (KOL), Roberta Hall McCarron (The Little Chartroom and Eleanore), and Rafael Cagali (Da Terra) joining the table, and cooking all food over open flames.