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Jun 17, 2016

Tricky to join Massive Attack at Hyde Park!

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It’s time for one of the live collaborations of the year as Tricky returns to the stage with Massive Attack for only the second time ever at this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on Friday 1st July.

The acclaimed artist cut his teeth collaborating with the trip hop duo in the late 1980s but did not share a stage until this year in Berlin.  This will be the first time they have ever performed together in the UK.

“We’re pleased to announce that Tricky will be joining us on stage for a few shows this summer – the first one being BST Hyde Park on July 1st.”

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, director and all-round music legend Tricky is synonymous with Massive Attack. He first collaborated with the duo when they were still a Bristol sound system named The Wild Bunch, before making a string of acclaimed solo albums starting with 1995's seminal Maxinquaye. He rapped on Massive Attack’s debut 1991 album “Blue Lines” and lyrics written for Maxinquaye were used by Massive Attack resulting in different versions of the same songs appearing on his own record and Massive Attack's “Protection”. Tricky treated fans to his the highly anticipated album “Skilled Mechanics” which was released earlier this year.

Also taking to the stage on 1st July will be Loyle Carner, Shura and Balthazar to kick off Hyde Park’s ten-day festival.

Young British rapper Loyle Carner is also set to perform as part of Friday’s line up. Having supported and collaborated with artists such as MF Doom, Joey Badass and Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner is already making waves in the UK music scene. Raised on playground rap battles and UK grime, Carner’s music is charged with intensity and has been described as “confessional hip-hop” by the Guardian.

Moscow-born and Manchester-raised Shura is a singer, songwriter and producer, whose dreamy delivery and rounded synth sound will leave Hyde Park in awe during Barclaycard presents British Summer Hyde Park’s opening evening.

Since emerging in 2014 with her debut single “Touch”, Shura’s bewitching downbeat pop has garnered famous fans ranging from Jungle to Huw Stephens. Fans will be treated to Shura’s latest material from her eagerly awaited debut album “Nothing’s Real”, due for release the following week (8th July).

Balthazar, the captivating five-piece band from Belgium, will also take to the stage ahead of Massive Attack’s performance. Having teamed up with the headliner’s producer, Jason Cox, for their most recent album “Thin Walls”, the quintet mixes grizzly indie rock with chamber pop, resulting in captivating nocturnal grooves and melancholy melodies. 

Massive Attack will head up the evening, having recently released the “Ritual Spirit” EP and completed a sold out tour of the UK and Europe. The show will see the band bring a new and provocative audio-visual live show to Hyde Park, designed by Robert Del Naja and long-time visual collaborators United Visual Artists.

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