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Festival Guide: British Summer Time Hyde Park

It's almost time for huge names in music to descend on the centre of London.

Starting life in 2013, British Summer Time Hyde Park has consistently welcomed some of the biggest names in music to the iconic outside area in central London. The inaugural event saw headline performances by the likes of Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, J-Lo and Lionel Richie, immediately cementing the cross-genre appeal.

Having launched with huge acts, the quality of performers hasn’t wained over time. This year welcomes equally massive artists to British Summer Time. So here’s everything you need to know about the events.

Who is playing British Summer Time?

Perhaps the most important question. This year’s line-up welcomes headliners Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Each will be joined by a solid supporting line-up, which looks like this:


Phil Collins

Friday 30 June 2017
Phil Collins | Blondie | Mike & The Mechanics | The New Power Generation | KC & The Sunshine Band | Starsailor | Chas & Dave | Geyser ft. Al Murray | Cats In Space


Green Day

Saturday 1 July 2017
Green Day | Rancid | Gogol Bordello | The Hives | The Stranglers | The Damned | The Living End | The Orwells | Stiff Little Fingers | Bash & Pop | Jesse Malin | Beach Slang | SWMRS | Sunflower Bean | Public Access TV | Hey Charlie | Culture Abuse


Justin Bieber

Sunday 2 July 2017
Justin Bieber | Martin Garrix | Tove Lo | Naughty Boy | Anne-Marie | Louis The Child | Jain | Mabel | Nina Nesbitt | Sheppard | Will Heard | James Hersey | Anna of the North | Skinny Living | Dagny | Glowie


Kings of Leon

Thursday 6 July 2017
Kings of Leon | Pixies | Nathanial Rateliff & The Night Sweats | Frightened Rabbit | Deaf Havana | Local Natives | Tom Grennan | The Cactus Blossoms | Highly Suspect | Saint Motel | Benjamin Booker | Billy Raffoul


The Killers

Saturday 8 July 2017
The Killers | Elbow | Tears for Fears | White Lies | Cold War Kids | British Sea Power | Mew | Mystery Jets | The Strypes | Alex Cameron | Clean Cut Kid | Callum Beattie | Paradisia | SLOES


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Sunday 9 July 2017
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers | Stevie Nicks | The Lumineers | Ward Thomas | The Head and the Heart | Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown | The Shelters | Diana Birch | Jordan Mackampa | Juanita Stein | Jade Bird | Catherine McGrath | The James Hunter Six


How do tickets work?

Each event is ticketed separately, and treated like its own one-day festival. Fans need to purchase individual tickets for each date, depending on who they wish to see.

There are various ticket types available, from general admission to The Ultimate Bar Experience.

General admission allows access through the main gate, as well as an extensive range of bars, food and toilets in the main arena.

The Ultimate Bar Experience allows one hour early entrance to the event through a dedicated gate, plus access to the exclusive Garden viewing area to watch Great Oak Stage performers, and access to the VIP Summer Garden for VIP bars, premium food vendors, comfortable seating and separate cloakroom and toilet facilities.

Note that at the time of writing, The Killers tickets have completely sold out.


What should I expect?

British Summer Time Hyde Park brings the festival vibe right into the middle of London. The event hosts everything from live music, through food and drinks, to fairground rides and attractions.


What are the Open House events?

On the 3, 4, 5, and 7 July, British Summer Time opens Hyde Park to all for some exciting free events. Between the ticketed music events, the park will welcome outdoor movie nights, tennis screenings live from Wimbledon, street food, pop-up bars, live music and entertainment, baseball, and much more.

Doors for these events open from 12:00 until 22:00 on Monday and Friday, and 8:00 until 22:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday.


What about timings for the ticketed events?

The opening times for each event differ, so make sure you’re up to speed with the correct one.

Phil Collins:
Priority Entry: 13:00
Doors open for general admission: 14:00
Last entry: 21:00
Curfew: 22.30

Green Day
Priority Entry: 12:00
Doors open for general admission: 13:00
Last entry: 21:00
Curfew: 22.30

Justin Bieber
Priority Entry: 12:00
Doors open for general admission: 13:00
Last entry: 21:00
Curfew: 22.30

Kings of Leon
Priority Entry: 14:00
Doors open for general admission: 15:00
Last entry: 21:00
Curfew: 22.30

The Killers
Priority Entry: 12:00
Doors open for general admission: 13:00
Last entry: 21:00
Curfew: 22.30

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Priority Entry: 12:00
Doors open for general admission: 13:00
Last entry: 21:00
Curfew: 22.30


How do I get there?

British Summer Time takes place on the Parade Ground on the east side of Hyde Park. It’s right in the middle of London, closest to Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, and Green Park. There are also a whole load of buses which will take you there.

Organisers advise that you don’t drive to the event.


What restrictions should I be aware of?

There are a handful of restrictions to be mindful of too. There’s no readmission to the event. It’s a fully standing event, and bringing your own seat or chairs is not permitted. You cannot bring your own food and drink, other than sealed water bottles below 500ml, and baby food when not in glass containers.


What else do I need to know?

That’s all the basics covered. It’s basically a great chance to see some fantastic music in the beautiful central London location. It’s easy to get to, with a whole load of ticket options.


I’m in. Where do I get those tickets?

Remaining tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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