Phil’s Only UK And European Festival Performance of 2017
*Doors at 2pm - Headline evening show*
On Friday June 30th, Phil Collins will be taking to the stage in Hyde Park as part of his Not Dead Yet: Live tour – one of his first onstage appearances in nearly a decade.
Our announcement follows the monumental news that caused a sensation when Phil Collins declared that he is coming out of retirement for his first live shows in ten years, the mischievously named Not Dead Yet: Live tour. According to the man himself, “I will be playing all of the songs that people love."
An outpouring of excitement led to the five UK dates at the Royal Albert Hall selling out in a mere 15 seconds. Phil’s appearance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, as his only UK festival show next year, will give fans one more night to celebrate the return of one of London’s favourite sons in one of London’s most iconic locations.
Phil Collins says:
”The reaction from the British public has been overwhelming. I can’t wait to play Hyde Park and see everyone there."
One the most successful artists of his generation, with more UK Top 40 singles than any other artist of the 1980s, Phil Collins came to prominence first as drummer and then as frontman of Genesis, making his solo debut with 1981's album Face Value, containing smash hit single 'In The Air Tonight.'
He followed this with an extraordinary run as a prolific hit maker. 3 UK Number ones - Easy Lover, You Can't Hurry Love and Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) - as well as 7 US Number 1s and global smashes including One More Night, Separate Lives, Two Hearts, Another Day In Paradise, I Wish It Would Rain Down, Both Sides Of The Story and Dance Into The Light to name but a few.
Joining Collins on this momentous day in Hyde Park is one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, Blondie. With pioneering front woman/songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist/conceptual mastermind Chris Stein and powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, along with newer band mates Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen, the band are sounding stronger than ever.
During a career spanning four decades, Blondie have delivered a lifetime of smash hits including Heart of Glass, Dreaming, Tide Is High, Maria, Sunday Girl, Hanging on the Telephone, Rapture, One Way or Another, Call Me... the list goes on. Since their New York beginnings in the 70s, Blondie have dominated the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, selling over 40 million records in the process. Their chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
With their much-anticipated new album due this year, Blondie are set to debut brand new songs for their 2017 tour dates, and show festival-goers why they belong at the top.
Supporting his former band mate is fellow Genesis star and longtime friend Mike Rutherford, with his supergroup Mike + The Mechanics. Since their formation in 1984, the band has sold over 10 million records worldwide. Their major hits include; Silent Running, All I Need Is A Miracle, Word Of Mouth, Another Cup of Coffee and the unforgettable Over My Shoulder - to name a few....
The band includes Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford (Guitar), one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers, Andrew Roachford - Lead and backing vocals – (whose previous hits include Cuddly Toy and Family Man) and Canadian-born singer, Tim Howar - lead and backing vocals – who formed and toured with his band Vantramp, with the likes of Rod Stewart and Paolo Nutini. Tim shares vocal duties with Roachford and they both add a new soulful dimension to the band’s already established sound.
Mike + The Mechanics are about to embark on a sold out 30 date UK tour, including a triumphant return to the Royal Albert Hall, before joining Phil at his huge Hyde Park show in the summer. Their new album, ‘Let Me Fly’ is released April 7th on BMG.
Also Joining Collins on this momentous day and headlining the Barclaycard Stage is The New Power Generation, backing band to the late Prince, reunited for the first time in UK since the singer’s death in April 2016. Best known for their work on Diamonds and Pearls and 1992’s Love Symbol Album, the band will be performing songs spanning the length of Prince’s career, guaranteed to be an amazing experience and fitting tribute.
Hopefully bringing a taste of the Florida sunshine to London, KC and the Sunshine Band will also be taking to the stage alongside Collins on June 30th. The American group was founded in 1973, with a popular style rooted in disco and funk. Their best-known songs include the hits That's the Way (I Like It), I'm Your Boogie Man, Get Down Tonight, and Give It Up.The band have had major dance-floor hits through the decades – and even saw success on the Billboard Dance chart with I'm Feelin' Yo last year. They’ll be bringing all the best tunes, both new and old, to warm up the park this Summer.
Starsailor burst onto the scene in 2001 with their smash hit single Fever, earning them a Brit Award for 'Best New Band' the same year. The band has released four studio albums since; scoring ten Top 40 hit singles in the UK. Following a five-year hiatus in 2009, Starsailor (James Walsh, James Stelfox, Ben Byrne and Barry Westhead), returned for a triumphant world tour. This year, the Indie-rock quartet will have crowds singing along to the hits including Good Souls and Silence Is Easy, all in the wonderful summer setting of Hyde Park.
Charles Nicholas "Chas" Hodges, David Victor "Dave" Peacock, commonly known as Chas & Dave, have become British institutions since forming 40 years ago. From relative humble beginnings, their pedigree in musical heritage is a rich one. Chas started out with legendary producer Joe Meek, Jerry Lee Lewis and Albert Lee, with Dave working alongside The Tumbleweeds, Mick Greenwood and Jerry Donaghue. As Chas & Dave they opened for Led Zeppelin at Knebworth and more recently toured with The Libertines, gaining a whole new generation of fans. As hosts of the Summer Stage, they will be performing 3 sets throughout the afternoon, so there is no doubt they will have crowds singing along through their musical repertoire including Margate, Gertcha and the classic Ain’t No Pleasing You.
The final act to be joining Phil are “power pop rockers” Cats in Space, ready to transport fans back to the heady days of the 1970s through their catchy cosmic beats. With their debut single Mr Heartache earning widespread critical acclaim, Cats in Space have gone on to release album Too Many Gods, and are currently in the middle of a sold-out tour supporting British rock act Thunder.
An unbeatable festival line up; these five acts will also be joining Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics and Starsailor this summer, making this another huge day of music to go down in Hyde Park history.