Strictly speaking, the Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival isn’t the kind of music festival many will be familiar with, given that it’s made up of six all-day concerts spread across two weekends. However, hosted, as it is, by London’s magnificent Hyde Park, it’s certainly can boast a fantastic setting, one (and the nature of the festival itself) that makes it a perfect day-long event for anyone staying at one of the boutique hotels in London.
So, if you’ve made your base the relatively nearby San Domenico House hotel London United Kingdom, what can you look forward to at this summer’s festival…?
(Support: Richard Ashcroft, Seasick Steve and Squeeze; Friday 6th July from 2pm)
The legendary prog-rockers Pink Floyd may no longer be together, but their one-time front man Roger Waters is certainly still performing and his ‘Us + Them’ showcase (named after a much-loved track from the band’s seminal 1974 album, Dark Side of the Moon) is set to be a crowd favourite this summer. Not least as he’ll be performing unmistakeable tunes from Floyd’s back catalogue.
(Support: Interpol, Goldfrapp and Editors; Saturday 7th July from 1.30pm)
Beloved by their passionate following, these masters of ’80s pop melancholia can lay claim to being not just one of Britain’s most distinctive bands of the last 40 years, but also arguably one of its most influential. An arty leader of the post-punk wave during their heady heyday, they’ve enjoyed major chart hits throughout the world, amassing 30 million sales thanks to 13 studio albums and in excess of 40 singles.
(Support: Santana and Steve Winwood; Sunday 8th July from 1pm)
One of rock’s undisputed legends – and the man who’s regarded by legions of music enthusiasts as the world’s greatest living guitarist – Eric Clapton rose to prominence, of course, with the legendary band of the late ’60s/ early ’70s that was Cream, before achieving even greater notoriety and success as a solo artist; but not before setting up another band, Derek and the Dominoes, which resulted in one of the greatest rock songs ever recorded, the epic ballad Layla. Currently, Clapton’s the only individual to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on three separate occasions – with The Yardbirds, Cream and on his own.
(Support: Van Morrison, Bananarama and The Feeling; Friday 13th July from 2 pm)
Possessing a velvet-smooth, golden voice of old, Michael Bublé has enjoyed huge international success for more than a decade now; the Canadian having carved out a particular niche and a place in music lovers’ hearts thanks to his fantastic renditions of classics from the ‘American Songbook’, as well as his own modern pop-jazz standards like Home and Haven’t Met You Yet.
(Support: Khalid, DNCE and Charlie Wilson; Saturday 14th July from 1pm)
Renowned the world over as one of today’s pop music megastars, Bruno Mars is responsible for major hits and dancefloor fillers including Locked Out of Heaven and Uptown Funk (the latter in a collaboration with Mark Ronson). This gig comes off the back of his ‘24K Magic World Tour’, which has featured 172 different shows on five separate continents; each of them, like this one’s bound to be, a stunning visual and aural production of exuberant quality.
(Support: James Taylor and his All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt; Sunday 15th July from 1pm)
Finally, closing the festival is a show not to be missed; it’s the ‘Farewell Performance’ of the multi-award-winning and universally acclaimed folk-pop legend Paul Simon… the last of his ‘Farewell Tour’. Unforgettable as half of the 1960s duo Simon & Garfunkel, the New Yorker’s beautiful melodies are just as instantly recognisable as the acerbically observant lyrics of some of the defining tunes of the duo’s era, such as Mrs Robinson, The Sound of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water. His solo career reached its zenith in the mid-’80s with his African-rhythm-influenced album Graceland, which featured the timeless hits You Can Call Me Al and Under African Skies.