On Friday, July 1st, 2016 MASSIVE ATTACK are Live with Young Fathers - Plus Patti Smith ... TV on The Radio, Warpaint and Ghostpoet.
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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park today announces Massive Attack, who will be joined on Friday 1st July by very special guests Patti Smith, TV On The Radio, Warpaint and Ghostpoet - with additional acts announced soon.
Massive Attack recently released the Ritual Spririt EP and completed a sold out tour of the UK and Europe. The show will see the band bring a new and provocative audio-visual live show to Hyde Park, designed by Robert Del Naja and longtime visual collaborators United Visual Artists.
Joining Massive Attack will be the legendary singer-songwriter, poet, writer and activist Patti Smith. One of the most influential figures to come out of the late 70’s New York scene the ‘Punk Poet Laureate’ was presented Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2005 and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame two years later. Last year saw the 40th anniversary of her seminal album ‘Horses’, which is often cited as one of the best albums of all time. Her second memoir ‘M Train’ the follow up to the awards winning ‘Just Kids’ was released at the end of last year.
Mercury Prize winning Young Fathers are familiar to Massive Attack fans, the Edinburgh trio has supported the band on their recent European tour and will be joining them on stage at Hyde Park. First formed in 2008 the band came to prominence in 2014 when they won the Mercury Prize for their debut album ‘Dead’, their follow up ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ was released in 2015 to universal critical acclaim.
TV on The Radio, one of the leaders of Brooklyn’s indie renaissance, is set to make their Hyde Park debut this summer. Hailed by the BBC as “one of the most compelling American rock and roll stories of the modern age”, the band will thrill with their distinct blend of propulsive art-rock and raw soul. TV on The Radio blasted back into prominence in 2014 with their fifth album Seeds, helmed by the band’s visionary producer and guitarist David Sitek.
Warpaint are a 4-piece band from California and their unique brand of intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms combine to create a truly unique sound. Since the release of their most recent album in 2014, they have been touring and exploring their own projects including a recently released solo album from the band’s bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg. Currently, the band is finishing up a new album which should come out later this year, and if we’re lucky, they will give Hyde Park a taste of it.
Following his emergence and the Mercury-nominated debut Peanut Butter & Melancholy Jam in 2011, London-based Ghostpoet has marked his own path. Propelled by the sonic illuminations of his third, and once again Mercury-nominated album, 2015’s Shedding Skin – it is an ambitious journey canvassing widespread praise that saw The Times hailing, “its blend of artistic vision, tales of everyday struggle and a broad, atmospheric sound…”.
James King, Senior Vice President, AEG Live comments: “With an incredible archive of music that has stood the test of time and inspired so many, Massive Attack are still providing a heartbeat for the World.
More than that, their music and live performances form a message that makes us stop, think and evaluate when we are so often encouraged not to. With powerful beats, orchestral arrangements, beautiful melodies by incredible vocalists, inspired video art - it’s hard to think of a more important moment for the World to listen to Massive Attack than right now.
The band's production has always been a shining light in live music and to see their video art across 900m2 of screen on the Great Oak Stage will be a truly breathtaking sight.”
Daniel Mathieson, Head of Experiential Marketing and Partnerships for Barclaycard, said: “We’re excited that Massive Attack are bringing their amazing live performance to Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park this year, joining the impressive roll call of iconic bands already announced including Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine and Take That. It’s certainly going to be a memorable year, made even more special by the fact that we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary this summer. Barclaycard customers can get ahead of the rush for tickets to see Massive Attack with exclusive pre-sale access from 9am on the 7th of March.”
Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events at The Royal Parks, said: “The line-up for 2016 just keeps on getting better. Having a huge group like Massive Attack kick off this year’s event is a fitting start to what promises to be another unforgettable 10 days of entertainment at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. The success of this event is so important to us as it raises vital funds which go back into conserving and enhancing this iconic park for all to enjoy.”
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park hits its fourth year in 2016, firmly established as the essential London summer event.