Barclaycard British Summer Time 2013 preview

Six Degrees of Separation this Summer Time

Barclaycard British Summer Time 2013 preview

Francesca Perry on 04 June 2013

British Summertime Festival 2013 will shortly be upon us. Set in the grounds of Hyde Park, London, the inaugural event will continue to fly the flag for Britian after the success of the Olympic events in the Royal Park last summer. It boasts a wealth of both British and international talent across four stages for six headline dates, which sits as part of a fortnight of wider cultural events. Art displays, bespoke built theatres, restaurants, a farmers market and even a brewery will transform Hyde Park into a unique central London festival experience.

Despite the eclectic range of headliners, there are far more connections between these six events than you may at first think.

The Rolling Stones (Sat 6th July) - Bon Jovi (Fri 5th July)

Bon Jovi took the honour of opening up for The Rolling Stones back in 1995 and both have gone on to score the title of 'number one tour on the planet'. The Jon Bon man also paid the Stones a big compliment in concert when he covered their '74 Ronnie Wood inspired classic 'It's Only Rock And Roll (But I Like It)'.

Bon Jovi (Fri 5th July) - Jennifer Lopez (Sun 14th July)

Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi was recently suggested by J.Lo as a potential candidate to replace her in the judge's chair on American Idol. The pop princess left the US show last summer but it's not surprising that the New Jersey born rock icon refused the offer, after saying in 2006 he was "baffled' by her musical success because she can't play an instrument. Who knows, maybe J.Lo will surprise us all and pick up a guitar this Summertime?

Jennifer Lopez (Sun 14th July) - JLS (Sun 7th July)

Are JLS set to plagiarise the pop beauty again this Summertime? JLS denied plagiarism claims in 2011, after their hit 'She Makes Me Wanna', featured the line, 'LA To Africa' also used in J.Lo's previous hit, 'On The Floor'. Aston Merrygold insisted that even though, by a strange twist of fate, both tracks were produced by Redone, it was purely a coincidence.

JLS (Sun 7th July) - Elton John (Fri 12th July)

JLS stand alongside veteran pop icon, Elton John, in supporting his AIDS Foundation charity. Back in 2010, Elton spoke out to press and stated that he can't see himself writing pop songs in the future. “Look I'm 63, I don't want to be on VH1 or MTV. I'm not going to compete with JLS or Lady Gaga”.

Elton John (Fri 12th July) - The Rolling Stones (Sat 13th July)

One of pop music's greatest survivors, Elton John joined the Stones on stage in 1975, at Fort Collins, Colorado, performing 'Honky Tonk Women' to open their concert. Overstaying his welcome, Elton remained a guest for the entire concert. Introducing the star as 'Reg from Watford', Jagger said later: “We should have kicked him off the stage, but we didn't. It's because we're both English”.

The British Summertime Festival, presented by Barclaycard, is being held at Hyde Park, London from the 5th - 14th July. An eclectic mix of old and new artists will perform over the festival, and there's laughts to be had too with various Summertime comedy acts performing across the fortnight. Each live music weekend will be linked by a midweek programme of diverse entertainment for the whole family.

The British Summertime Festival line-up

Fri 5th July: Bon Jovi, plus Kaiser Chiefs, Bush and the Futureheads.
Sat 6th July: The Rolling Stones plus The Vaccines and Temper Trap, Jake Bugg and Tom Odell.
Sun 7th July: JLS, The Beach Boys plus Paul Young and The Saturdays.
Fri 12th July: Elton John and His Band, plus Ray Davies and Elvis Costello.
Sat 13th July: The Rolling Stones plus Jake Bugg, Tom Odell and the Horrors.
Sun 14th July: Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez plus Chic Ft. Nile Rodgers and Eliza Doolittle.

British Summertime Festival ticket prices:

Bon Jovi - £65
JLS - £35
Rolling Stones - tier 1 tickets sold out (Tier 2 tickets available for £199)
Elton John - £59.50
Lionel Richie - £59.50

VIP ticket options also available.

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