Nov 19, 2015

Mumford & Sons play Barclaycard presents BST Hyde Park!

Mumford & Sons - Plus Alabama Shakes & Wolf Alice!

The second announcement for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2016 brings another huge British band to the heart of London.

Mumford & Sons are one of the world’s most popular bands, and will follow their debut visits to South Africa and South America in early 2016 with a return to London at the iconic Hyde Park. 

In May 2015, the British rock band released their third album, Wilder Mind, a gloriously electric return that harnessed Mumford & Sons’ seemingly natural ability to write songs that appeal across the spectrum, with a grittier, hard-hitting dynamic. The album debuted at number 1 in six different countries including the UK and America.

Mumford & Sons:

“Hyde Park for us: sacrificing hopes and dreams at the altar of Neil Young; being transported to another dimension by The National; supporting Arcade Fire (the best band in the world); playing alongside our mates The Vaccines; accidentally seeing Black Eyed Peas; wishing we were at Kylie.  What a place.  And this time we get to headline and pick a bill of sick artists to play with us.  Alabama Shakes!  Wolf Alice! Gentlewomen of the Road!  We’re travelling all over at the moment, so having this massive gig to look forward to next Summer, right in the heart of our home city, is just awesome.”

After releasing their debut Sigh No More in 2009, Mumford & Sons quickly became one of the world’s most successful and celebrated young bands. Their second record, 2012’s Babel was one of the biggest selling records of the year, and they debuted their hugely successful Gentlemen of the Road Stopover festivals which have since entertained hundreds of thousands of fans across the UK, America, and Australia with stellar, hand-picked line-ups featuring the likes of The Maccabees, Jack Garratt, Vampire Weekend, and Foo Fighters. Over recent years, Mumford & Sons have also backed the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty.

In 2015, following a successful series of Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers (including Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands), Mumford & Sons headlined two spectacular shows at the Reading & Leeds Festivals, and an intimate performance at London’s Roundhouse for the Apple Music Festival. They conclude the year on a sold-out arena tour of the UK, their first on home turf since 2012. 

Alabama Shakes hail from Athens, Alabama, USA and have risen from playing covers in local old people’s homes to being recognised as one of the most exciting rock bands to come out of America in recent times (and played their own White House gig).  Vocalist, guitarist and lyricist Brittany Howard has been compared to both Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin and debut album Boys & Girls set the template in 2012, catapulting them to slots on Saturday Night Live and a world tour for their super charged southern blues rock and soul, with many hearing echoes of Alabama’s own classic Muscle Shoals studio.  Rolling Stone magazine named their song ‘Hold On’ as the song of the year.

This year, second album Sound & Color became a US Number 1 and the band’s reputation for incendiary live shows means that their appearance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park gives them a platform to blow even more music fans away.

Closer to home, North London’s Wolf Alice will play their biggest ever show in their home town.  Only releasing their debut single in February 2013, they have become the most exciting young rock band in the UK and are now Mercury Prize nominated for their debut album My Love Is Cool, which is decided tonight.  With a fanatical live following gathered from relentless touring, they are THE band to catch before they go supernova!

Tickets on sale now!

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