Festivals have begun announcing their 2024 lineups, and it’s looking to be another summer that’ll get music fans their money’s worth.
Andrea Bocelli Celebrates 30th Stage Anniversary At BST Hyde Park
Andrea Bocelli is the first headliner confirmed for BST Hyde Park in London next year. The Italian superstar will perform in the capital’s famous park on July 5 – a UK exclusive, according to promoter AEG Presents.
Andrea Bocelli’s career is beyond impressive, thanks to a large part to his crossover appeal. Bocelli has collaborated with iconic opera singers such as Pavarotti, but also pop stars including Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Tony Bennett, Dua Lipa, and Céline Dion, who once said, “If God had a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.”
His 2024 performance at BST Hyde Park will be a celebration of a unique 30-year, that is quantified by some 90 million records sold, and a collection of trophies that includes a Golden Globe, 7 Classical BRITs, and 7 World Music Awards.
Jim King, CEO of European festivals at AEG Presents, said, “We have wanted to host Andrea Bocelli in Hyde Park for many years and so it’s a great honour for us that we are able to share this special moment with him and his loyal fans. There can be no bigger occasion for all music than experiencing the world’s greatest tenor in London’s Hyde Park.”
Andrea Bocelli commented, “In and of itself, it should be a private celebration: a career spanning 30 years, 30 years – a lifetime! – spent on stages around the world, striving to brush with beauty and offer my voice to those who wish to hear it, as part of the soundtrack of their lives. I am delighted to see how today this anniversary has become a celebration for many: a collective way to celebrate three decades of music and excitement, of memories and feelings, that can bloom to life to the notes of a score each time.
“Hyde Park is the perfect place for coming together to celebrate my 30th anniversary and reimagine it as a springboard propelling us into the future, imbued with positivity and the power of good. Celebrating it here is sure to be unforgettable, in the vast green lung from which London has been drawing breath for hundreds of years, in this park that is the embodiment of a glorious chapter in the history of a nation, of a continent, of a civilization…and also of so much wonderful music that has rung out here, nourishing it in its wake.”
Tickets, starting at around £100 ($124) for general admission standing on July 5, when Bocelli performs, are on sale.
Andrea Bocelli is represented worldwide by Klassics Music Management Limited, and his own management business Almud Edizioni Musicali. North American partners are Wasserman Music, as well as Maverick Management.
Sugababes & Bombay Bicycle Club At Rock Oyster
Rock Oyster unveiled the iconic Sugababes and London four piece Bombay Bicycle Club as the first two headliners of its 2024 edition, taking place July 25-28 in Cornwall, England.
Sugababes, who have reunited in their original lineup of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan, and Siobhan Donaghy, are one of the most successful British girl bands ever. Bombay Bicycle Club consists of singer/guitarist Jack Steadman, guitarist Jamie MacColl, drummer Suren de Saram, and bassist Ed Nash.
Other confirmed acts for Rock Oyster 2024 include rising Irish star Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson (aka CMAT), English singer/songwriter sensation Billie Marten, and more.
Tickets, starting at £160 ($199) for a weekend including camping, are on sale.
In The Round Festival Returns
Iconic London venue Roundhouse has announced the return of its flagship event series, In the Round (ITR), April 18-27, 2024.
Now in its seventh year, the concert series has become renowned for presenting an eclectic mix of artists on the Roundhouse’s famed circular stage.
The 2024 lineup features a selection of artists who’ll perform in honor of Canadian songwriter legend Joni Mitchell, who just turned 80. Emeli Sandé, Kate Stables, Vashti Bunyan, Lail Arad, Sam Amidon, Eska, as well as the Roundhouse Vocal Ensemble, and more will perform “The Songs of Joni Mitchell” on opening night, April 18.
Also confirmed are English singer-songwriters Tirzah, Vashti Bunyan, and Lucy Rose, as well as U.S. artists like Lonnie Holley, Matana Roberts, and Samara Joy.
What is more, Roundhouse Resident Artists will again appear as special guests, details of which are to come.
Roundhouse’s head of music, Lucy Wood, commented, “[Next] year’s In The Round features extraordinary young talents like Samara Joy alongside singular artists I’ve wanted to work with for years, like Lonnie Holley and Vashti Bunyan, and this year a special show celebrating one of the greatest songwriters of our time, Joni Mitchell.
“Audiences will have the chance to preview music from Lucy Rose’s new Kwes-produced album, and experience unique performances from innovators like Matana Roberts, Tirzah and Paraorchestra up-close in a beautiful space. Once again musicians from Roundhouse’s Resident Artist program will perform at every show throughout the festival. I’m really excited for audiences to hear the amazing music being produced by the emerging talent from our programs.”
Tickets for the various shows on various nights are on sale.
Foo Fighters, Dua Lipa & Måneskin At Rock Werchter
Rock Werchter, Belgium’s main event, has unveiled its first two headliners, which are Måneskin on Friday, July 5, and Dua Lipa on the Saturday, July 6.
Rock Werchter has thereby settled any doubts whether Italian sensation Måneskin, consisting of Damiano David, Victoria De Angelis, Thomas Raggi, and Ethan Torchio, have reached headline status yet.
Three-time Grammy and six-time BRIT Award winner Dua Lipa has been headlining Europe’s biggest festivals for a while, which doesn’t make her 2024 appearance at Rock Werchter any less special.
The two newly announced headliners join Foo Fighters, who’ve been confirmed to close out Rock Werchter 2024 for a while now. Ticket sales for the event, which runs July 4-7 next year, go on sale on Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. local on rockewerchter.be.
Future Rave: Tinderbox Announces First 13
Danish festival Tinderbox has revealed the first 13 acts to play its 2024 edition next summer, June 27-29.
The first wave is led by David Guetta and Morten, who’ll be performing one of their limited joint sets as Future Rave for the first time in Denmark.
Also confirmed: Canadian punk icon Avril Lavigne, Norway’s Kaizers Orchestra, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero, and more.
Tinderbox CEO Brian Nielsen commented, “We’re very excited to finally be able to share some of the acts playing next summer. We’re presenting a multi-faceted lineup representing many different genres and generations of great music.
“Future Rave is a booking that we’ve dreamed of for a long time, and to be the first in Denmark to present this brilliant duo is something we’re extremely excited about. Our guests are always up for a great party, and we feel absolutely sure that David Guetta and local hero Morten will bring it next summer!”
Tinderbox takes place in the historic city of Odense on the Danish island of Funen. Day tickets starting at DKK 1,395 ($204), and two-day tickets starting at DKK 2,095 ($306) are on sale.
808 Festival Turns 10
David Guetta and Morten will also appear at Thailand’s 808 Festival this year, albeit as solo artists.
808 Festival celebrates its 10th edition, Dec. 8-10, at Bangkok’s international exhibition center BITEC Bangna. Morten was confirmed as part of the festival’s second wave of artists alongside Marhsmello, Barley Alive, Bleu Clair, and Ray Volpe.
David Guetta has been part of the first lineup announcement, which also included ALOK, Oliver Heldens, Timmy Trumpet, W&W, ISOXO, Joel Corry, Knock2, Restricted, and Will Spark.
Tickets for 808 Festival 2023 are on sale, but already mostly sold out. Three-day passes are still available, going for THB 4,350 ($123) for general admission, and THB 8,200 ($232) for the VIP experience.