On Saturday July 13th,Florence + The Machine perform for their hometown and return to British Summer Time for a celebratory show along with The National. Joining them on the day will be Lykke Li, Khruangbin, Blood Orange & Nadine Shah and many other fantastic artists.
Live, Florence Welch’s voice is a force of nature and stunning sound and vision combine to create an ecstatic show. Hits like first single from High As Hope – ‘Hunger’ - plus favourites such as ‘You’ve Got The Love’, ‘Dog Days Are Over’ ‘Shake It Out’ and ‘Ship To Wreck' become explosive celebrations in concert, as fans at the recent UK arena tour discovered. The tour received rave reviews across the board, including 5 stars from The Telegraph, Evening Standard and The Independent - who called the show "Powerful and breathtaking".
Joining Florence are an American indie institution from Ohio, festival favourites and one of the most highly rated live acts around - The National. Latest album Sleep Well Beast lived up to the intense anticipation generated by an acclaimed catalogue and broke new ground with their first UK Number 1 album. They celebrated last year with their largest ever UK headline show at All Points East festival and by headlining 4 nights at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. Their big return to BST Hyde Park comes after thrilling critics and fans in support of Neil Young’s show in 2014.
Lykke Li is instantly recognisable with her sensuous, barely there vocals, backed up by an electro dance sound. The Swedish singer gained momentum in the 2000s with a handful of retro-chic singles including Little Bit. Her debut album, 2008's 'Youth Novels' proved an international success and there's been no stopping her since. Released earlier this year, Lykke Li’s fourth album 'so sad so sexy' shifts away from the dream-poppy breakup ballads of 2014's 'I Never Learn' toward airy, melancholic takes on trap and R&B.
Khruangbin (Thai for airplane, or literally "engine fly") are a jet-setting trio from Texas. Their dreamy sound comes from a blend of global music influences with soul, dub and psychedelia. They released their debut album 'The Universe Smiles Upon You' in 2015, followed by 'Con Todo El Mundo' in 2018 and have since worked with the likes of Maribou State.
Blood Orange is the R&B and electronic-inspired project of musician, producer and regular Florence collaborator, Dev Hynes. Hynes has worked with a who’s who of modern music – with his latest Blood Orange album, 2018’s Negro Swan, featuring A$AP Rocky and Puff Daddy amongst many others. He’s also continued his work as an esteemed producer / songwriter, working alongside the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Britney Spears, Blondie and most recently with Solange on her standout album – When I Get Home. Hynes makes his exciting return to BST Hyde Park after he last supported his friends Florence + The Machine back in 2016.
Also added to this magnificent bill is Nadine Shah, whose third album, ‘Holiday Destination’ was this year nominated for a Mercury Prize, reward for a record that summed up the world of 2018, dealing in song with the refugee crisis, Trump, Brexit and more set to her most commercial sound to date. Finding her voice as a Muslim woman in music, Shah’s post punk insights make her one of the most unique and vital British artists performing today.
New Zealand’s folk singer-songwriter Aldous Harding is also on the tempting line up. Harding is set to release her third album Designer this April, and the current single ‘The Barrel’ perfectly highlights why she is held in such high regard. It is not just her studio outputs that have earned praise, with her captivating appearance on Later… with Jools Holland offering an exciting glimpse of what’s to come in Hyde Park.
Another New Zealander making up the bill is Marlon Williams. Incorporating folk, bluegrass, country and blues into his music, Marlon supported Bruce Springsteen on tour in 2017, and recently appeared in A Star is Born alongside Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. This year, he’s been touring Australia alongside Florence + The Machine, and the pair even performed a stunning duet of his track, ‘Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore'.
Let’s Eat Grandma are Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, a British duo hailing from Norwich who first met in primary school aged 5 and became bandmates at the tender age of 13. Both still in their teens, their 2018 album I’m All Ears was met with widespread acclaim – seeing Pitchfork brand it “future-pop at its best: kaleidoscopic production and incisive lyrics that swirl into marvellous, breath-taking songs”. Now is the perfect time to catch them in action.
Goat Girl is an all-female post-punk band who chronicle the woes of modern British with undimmed ferocity. The quartet, who go by the pseudonyms L.E.D., Clottie Cream, Naima Jelly and Rosy Bones, released their self-titled debut last year. It was praised by critics and boasts their growling guitar sound and drooling vocals, which hark back to feelings of fiery teenage angst. They are one of the artists sprung from a burgeoning, close-knit south London scene, similar to Florence Welch herself.