Plus Richard Ashcroft, Seasick Steve, Squeeze & more!
Bringing his Us + Them Tour to the UK for the First Time for The Ultimate Concert Experience
Friday July 6th, 2018
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, kicks off festival announcements for 2018 with another world-class headliner and the promise of yet another legendary night in the park.
Pink Floyd visionary Roger Waters becomes the latest in a long line of era defining artists to grace Hyde Park - one of music’s most spectacular showmen at the greatest outdoor venue in the world.
Roger Waters is famous for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels, turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale.
At Desert Trip in 2016, in the Californian desert, Roger’s performance featured the biggest quadrophonic sound system ever built. His recent sell-out shows have seen some jaw dropping moments – the rising towers of Battersea Power station evoking the cover of the classic Pink Floyd album Animals, the iconic pigs floating over the audience and a Spitfire crashing into the stage.
This new tour promises to be no exception, following months of meticulous planning and craft, it will inspire crowds with its powerful delivery to take the audience on a musical journey.
Roger Waters – Us + Them will showcase highlights from Waters’ groundbreaking body of work, with songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, Dark Side of The Moon), along with tracks from his critically acclaimed new album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.
The tour title is derived from the 1974 track “Us And Them,” from the multi-million selling album The Dark Side of the Moon.
The first guest on 6th July is a modern British rock star, Richard Ashcroft. Founding member and front man of The Verve, their 1997 album Urban Hymns became a landmark record, selling millions of copies and featured classic singles ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, ‘Lucky Man’ and the Grammy nominated ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’. The following year they won two Brit Awards, Best Album and Best Group, establishing them as one of the biggest acts of the decade.
Ashcroft launched his solo career in mid 2000 with hit album Alone with Everybody, the first of three UK top three solo records, including his latest in 2016 These People. With a plethora of anthems such as ‘A Song for The Lovers’, ‘Check the Meaning’ and ‘Break the Night with Colour’, and a whole host of triumphant shows already under his belt, Ashcroft is reaffirming his status as one of the UK’s biggest stars.
Seasick Steve’s journey has been an extraordinary one since he burst into the public consciousness with his amazingly raw, powerful emotional performances on TV. It is those astonishing and engaging live performances that have turned Steve and drummer Dan Magnusson into such a powerful force both Iive and on record. The release of his last album in 2016 culminated in a performance at the iconic SSE Arena, Wembley, London and the album became Steve’s fifth consecutive Top 10 Album in the UK.
As he says, Steve is having the time of his life selling out venues as he goes all over the world, and it’s the energy of putting new songs on record and the electricity of playing live to huge crowds that continue to drive him. The craziest, rockingest and wildest show you’ll see all summer.
Squeeze, on the other hand, are a London institution with classic songs telling tales of the capital since 1973 when Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook began their song-writing partnership.
The result was a celebrated English songbook, famous for their lyrical wit and infectious melodies, with an unparalleled collection of hit singles like, ‘Take Me I’m Yours’, ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’ and ‘Tempted’.
Making their recording debut, in 1977 before disbanding in 1982, they reformed twice in 1985 and 1992. 2015 saw the release of ‘Cradle to the Grave’ followed by The Knowledge last year. The accompanying tour saw Glenn and Chris joined on stage by drummer Simon Hanson and keyboard wizard Stephen Large, plus a couple of new faces - Yolanda Charles on bass and Steve Smith on percussion. Difford and Tilbrook will have Hyde Park singing along all afternoon.
Joining Waters on Friday 6th July are American rock trio X Ambassadors, who have produced hits including “Jungle”, “Renegades” and “Unsteady” and worked alongside the likes of Bebe Rexha, Machine Gun Kelly and Eminem. And Mancunian rock quartet Slydigs, who have previously supported The Who on their ‘Back To The Who Tour 51!’ Tour.
Also joining the first day of the festival is singer-songwriter Colin Macleod, CC Smugglers and Lil & Ollie.