Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park announces its second headliner for 2018. One of the biggest pop stars of the 21st century, the multiple Brit and Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars.
The multi-platinum superstar will be appearing at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on 14th July 2018, fresh off the back of his ‘24K Magic World Tour’, which spans over 172 shows across five continents in support of his double platinum album 24K Magic. The UK leg of the tour included four critically acclaimed shows at London’s O2 Arena. Now, Mars is set to return to the UK, taking to the Great Oak Stage in Hyde Park with a dazzling visual production and a set-list crammed full of his chart-topping hits.
Mars will be joined by special guest, Khalid. At just 19, he's the winner of 2017’s MTV VMA award for Best New Artist, and broke the internet with debut single 'Location'. The single, taken from his platinum selling debut album American Teen, amassed over 700 million streams across all platforms, lending to Khalid being Spotify’s most streamed artist in the world for 4 consecutive days. The breakout star recently supported Lorde across Europe with her ‘Melodrama’ tour, plus has announced his first UK headline tour for 2018.
UK reviews for Bruno Mars at The O2
“A full-stack entertainment storm” – The Guardian
“[Mars] has a range of skills that put almost all of his contemporaries and rivals to shame. He concocts supremely catchy, hook-laden hits and moves like a slickly choreographed street dancer” - The Daily Telegraph
“One of the greatest showmen in pop music right now” – London Evening Standard
‘Just the Way You Are’, the first track from his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, reached number one worldwide, holding the record for the longest-reigning debut format hit. ‘Grenade’ spent two weeks at number one on the UK charts, with ‘The Lazy Song’ becoming the album’s third consecutive single to reach the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Marry You’, has provided the soundtrack for many a marriage proposal, videos of which were quick to go viral via YouTube.
His second album Unorthodox Jukebox was the fastest selling album by a solo male artist in 2012 in the UK, and has sold over six million copies worldwide. Heartfelt lament ‘When I Was Your Man’ peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Elvis Presley the only male to achieve five number one singles on the chart faster than Mars.
In February 2014, Mars was the first performer under the age of 30 to headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The Hawaiian troubadour returned to the world’s grandest stage in 2015, becoming the only artist to play two Super Bowl shows in three years.
Since his Super Bowl appearance, Mars has been unstoppable. His 2015 mega hit ‘Uptown Funk’ reigned at the top of the UK charts for six consecutive weeks, winning two Grammy Awards including Record of the Year. As of August 2017, it is the fifth most viewed video of all time on YouTube, with over 2.6 billion views to its name. His third studio album, the double platinum 24K Magic, spawned a whole new catalogue of hits, with title single ‘24k Magic’ and ‘That’s What I Like’ certified four times platinum. The 24K Magic World Tour is Mars’ first full-length tour since his 2013’s hugely successful Moonshine Jungle World Tour in 2013, an international blockbuster that sold two million tickets across 155 sold-out dates worldwide.
Mars’ shows are known for bright lights and a star with stellar performance skills and prowess, oozing charm and charisma – all the ingredients required for a spectacular show. When paired with his Mars’ roster of chart-smashing hits across a range of genres, Mars’ headline slot at British Summer Time is set to be one of the biggest shows of the year.
Heating up the stage for Bruno Mars is DNCE. Assembled by frontman Joe Jonas in the summer of 2015, DNCE have shot to success with their debut single "Cake By The Ocean". Since then, they have become one of the world's most buzzworthy acts, winning 'Best New Act at MTV Video Music Awards in 2016 and releasing their self titled double platinum album the same year.
The legendary Charlie Wilson (A.K.A Uncle Charlie) is a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, multiple Grammy nominee and the former lead vocalist of The Gap Band hailing from the states. He received the BET 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in 2013 and his star pals include Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake, for whom he featured on the summer anthem 'Signs' in 2004. Hyde Park can't wait to welcome such a superstar.
Also joining the mega line up for Bruno Mars is cool trombonist and singer Trombone Shorty, London rapper Yungen, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter Tom Walker, New York based duo Sofi Tukker, pop poet Liv Dawson, soul singer songwriter Alex Hepburn and DJ Rashida.