Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park announces American rock titans for the final night of an incredible 2017 series of events.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will perform a rare UK gig in the world's greatest outdoor venue, armed with a career of classic hits and a reputation as one of the greatest musicians of the past 40 years. The gig will celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.
Their only European date of 2017, this will be just the second time Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have come to the UK in 18 years. The band’s last visit in 2012 included a headlining appearance at the Isle Of Wight Festival and two rapturously received sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall.
Joining him will be Stevie Nicks, forever celebrated as singer and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac and perhaps one the greatest female artists of the rock era - feted by everyone from Courtney Love to Mary J Blige, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift to Beyoncé. Stevie and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers go way back as great friends, tour mates and collaborators, so this will be a reunion to savour.
Also on this incredible bill are American folk-rockers The Lumineers. Their self-titled album was critically praised and its infectious single "Ho Hey," which had long been the centerpiece of the band's live sets, ended up breaking into Top 10 markets internationally, eventually going double platinum. The Lumineers crossed the globe as they toured in support of their debut album, earning a pair of Grammy nominations along the way. In early 2016, they released their long-awaited follow-up album, Cleopatra, with a colossal world tour to match. And now the trio are hitting Hyde Park with one of their biggest UK shows to date!
Forming his first band whilst still a teenager, Tom Petty released his debut album with The Heartbreakers in 1976, only receiving recognition and eventual super-stardom in the US after making a mark touring the UK. They came across the pond in 1977 as a support band and left six weeks later as a headliner in their own right, having appeared on the covers of many of the music periodicals at the time including Melody Maker, NME and Sounds.
The debut record contained the classics American Girl and Breakdown. Petty never looked back. 16 albums later, he boasts global hits such as Free Fallin’, Don’t Come Around Here No More, Refugee, You Got Lucky, You Don’t Know How It Feels, I Won’t Back Down, Listen To Her Heart, The Waiting, Don’t Do Me Like That, Runnin’ Down A Dream, Into The Great Wide Open, Mary Jane’s Last Dance and more. This list is a testament to Petty’s remarkable durability as a songwriter.
But the incredible bill does not stop there. First to join the final day of festivities is British singer-songwriter duo Ward Thomas. Sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas have been making a name as the vanguard of the British country movement, despite being from Hampshire rather than Nashville.
Their second album ‘Cartwheels’ went to Number 1 in the UK Album Chart after their debut ‘From Where We Stand’ had broken through into the Top 10 of the Country Chart. Influenced by the sounds of Dixie Chicks and Miranda Lambert during their childhood, growing up on a farm, they recently opened the UK leg of the Country 2 Country festival in London. The duo will support their hero Lambert on tour later this summer and have just shared a bill with the Dixie Chicks in Australia.
.More Americana lands in Hyde Park with The Head and the Heart, modern American folk from Seattle from a band originally signed to the city’s legendary label Sub Pop. Their latest album ‘Signs Of Light’ was released at the end of last year and the band have been influenced by both Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac, making them the perfect guests for this final day of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown is all raw, roots and riffs, steeped in the blues and southern rock. Nashville based, they have toured with Jeff Beck and ZZ Top and opened for Aerosmith, building a cult following across the US.
Next up is The Shelters, hailing from sunny Los Angeles with close links to Tom Petty who co-produced their self-titled debut album while handing them the keys to his home studio. A four piece, male, vintage Southern California rock band, they are also touring with Petty’s band Mudcrutch.
US singer songwriter Diane Birch recently released new EP ‘Nous’, recorded in Berlin. Her third release, she has been compared with Sade and Stevie Nicks, her fellow Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park star and over the years has won admiration from fans as diverse as Prince, Mark Ronson, Daryl Hall, Dave Stewart, Questlove, Elvis Costello and Stevie Wonder. Birch’s unique voice sings over her piano led ballads, which range from the classic female 70 singer songwriters influence of her earlier work, to the hymnal soaked ‘Nous’, containing touches of soul, R&B and even Debussy.
Jordan MacKampa was born in Kinshasha in the Democratic Republic of Congo, grew up in London but now hails from Coventry. His blues, jazz and folk tinged songs and gospel voice on EP ‘Physics’ received praise from NME, The 405 and Clash and has seen him be compared to Michael Kiwanuka, while he strikes an impressively timeless note for an artist still in his early 20s.
Australian Juanita Stein is the lead singer of London based indie rockers Howling Bells and recognized as one of he great front women in modern music. She has now struck out on her own, releasing her debut solo EP ‘America’, described as “songs from a dark hearted country,” with an album to follow in May. She has been touring with Michael Kiwanuka, Richard Hawley and Israel Nash.
Also on the line up are two rising stars of the London folk and country scene, following in footsteps of Ward Thomas. Jade Bird signed to Glassnote Records just this month and is a certain ‘one to watch’ for 2017. Catherine McGrath hails from Northern Ireland, a British country pop artist causing a stir in the UK. She played the Country 2 Country Festival at London’s O2 and Brighton’s crucial new music showcase The Great Escape recently. McGrath released ‘EP ONE’ at the end of 2016, which now has over a million streams on Spotify.