Among the special guests joining Wonder’s set is award-winning singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, who attributes his decision to pursue a career in the music industry to wanting to be like Stevie Wonder.
It's diva central at Hyde Park this summer. The almighty Barbara Streisand is also among those headlining 2019's British Summer Time.
Then our hearts will go on (and on, and on) as queen of power ballads Celine Dion plays her only European gig, opening the festival on Friday 5 July, before Steisand closes the opening weekend on Sunday 7 July.
The second weekend balances a Saturday of swinging pop from headliner Robbie Williams and a Sunday of soulful folk from Florence and The Machine. The line up for Friday 12 July is still to be announced.
Celine Dion headlines British Summer Time Festival on Friday 5 July
Grammy-winner Celine Dion will kick off the festival on Friday 5 July, fresh from her second Vegas residency. With the kind of soaring vocals that can easily fill the whole park, and a back catalogue full of hits, Dion is up there with the titans of modern music.
The first weekend will finish with equally epic vocals courtesy of Barbara Streisand. With a glut of awards (2 Oscars, 10 Grammys, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 5 Emmys, the Special Tony Award, 9 Golden Globes and more) and a huge back catalogue of hits, the 'Don't Rain on my Parade' singer, has an army of fans and knows how to put on a show.
Florence and the Machine headline British Summer Time Festival on Saturday 13 July
The second weekend of British Summer Time starts with sing-along indie folk from Florence and The Machine. Singer song-writer Florence Welch is a festival favourite who combines evocative lyrics with and ethereal energy on stage. She is supported by American rock band The National and experimental Swedish singer Lykke Li.
Finishing off the festival on Sunday 14 July, Robbie Williams will headline on the Great Oak Stage. In what will be his only open-air UK performance of the year, Williams will perform hits from all periods of his 21-year solo career, as well as new songs from his upcoming album 'Under The Radar Volume 3'. The former Take That singer turner solo sensation and X Factor judge is known as much for his cheek and charm as hit songs such as 'Angels' and 'Let Me Entertain You'. As James King, senior vice president of AEG Presents, comments: 'Robbie works a crowd like no one else'.
The supporting acts on Saturday 14 July are similarly uplifting, with Black Eyed Peas getting everyone in on the feeling that 'tonight's gunna be a good night' and British rockers Keane having everyone singing along to 'Somewhere only we know'.
Robbie Williams headlines British Summer Time Festival on Sunday 14 July
In between the two weekends of concerts BST’s Open House week will
return. This week involves free entry to various events in the park, from live
screenings of Wimbledon to cabaret and circus performances. Pop-up bars and
street food stalls will be on hand to provide refreshments if you have worked
up a sweat in an artistic workshop, or if you just fancy something a little different
in your lunchbreak.
|What||British Summer Time Festival 2019, Hyde Park|
|Where||Hyde Park | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Marble Arch (underground)|
05 Jul 19 – 14 Jul 19, Times of events vary
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|