GUNS N’ ROSES
Special guests announced for the ultimate rock show heading to
American Express presents BST Hyde Park
Plus more to be announced
Friday 30 June 2023
Tickets on sale now www.bst-hydepark.com
Global rock phenomenon Guns N’ Roses will headline American Express presents BST Hyde Park for the very first time on Friday 30 June. One of America’s most influential rock groups, Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reese are heading to London for the 10th anniversary of BST Hyde Park. Announcing today some very special guests to Hyde Park’s ultimate rock show this summer…
Prominent English-American rock band The Pretenders are coming to BST Hyde Park after playing dates across the UK and Ireland. Forming in 1978 during the punk and new wave movement, the band gained success due to their innovative songwriting and charismatic performances. Despite numerous personnel changes over the years, founder, songwriter and vocalist Chrissie Hynde has remained the sole constant. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band – their self-titled debut album went to No.1 in the UK, also featuring the No.1 single ‘Brass in Pocket’. With Hynde at the helm, the band experienced a critical resurgence with a trio of albums released between the mid-90s and early 00s that explored a more mature side of the band’s classic sound. Now 45 years and 11 studio albums later, The Pretenders are still producing incredible music, with Associated Press calling their latest record, 2020’s Hate For Sale, “among the best this legendary band has ever produced”.
The Darkness crashed the mainstream in the early 2000s, resurrecting classic rock ’n’ roll with their breakthrough debut, 2003’s Permission to Land. After scoring armfuls of awards and chart records the BRIT Award winners broke up after their sophomore release, but reunited again in 2011. Their comeback album, Hot Cakes, alongside their reliably raucous and nostalgia-indebted hard rock catalog paved the way for four more studio albums, and the band have been captivating fans with their theatrical live shows ever since. The Darkness is centered around irrepressible frontman Justin Hawkins, who, along with his guitar-playing baby brother Dan, bassist Frankie Poullain, and drummer Ed Graham, single-handedly resurrected the rather unfashionable sounds and attitudes of late-’70s hard rock for an unsuspecting generation.
Multi-instrumentalist sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, aka Larkin Poe, fortify their storytelling with a rock and blues-heavy sound that hits right in the heart. The Nashville-based duo have reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart twice, in 2020 with Self Made Man and first in 2018 with their widely lauded work Venom & Faith, which was also nominated for a GRAMMY. The band’s latest record Blood Harmony came out last year, affirming Larkin Poe as an essential force in shaping the identity of Southern rock-and-roll, breathing new energy into the genre with both forward-thinking perspective and a decidedly feminine strength.
Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Guns N’ Roses are one of the biggest selling acts in history. With two No.1 albums and four Top 5 albums on the Billboard charts, the band were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and are AMA, Billboard and MTV Award winners.
Guns N’ Roses are just one incredible headliner at these iconic once-in-a-lifetime shows. They join P!NK (24 + 25 June), Take That (1 July), BLACKPINK (2 July) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (6 + 8 July) and Billy Joel (7 July) on the BST Hyde Park billing for 2023.
2022’s BST Hyde Park saw three monumental weekends of music; the Rocketman himself Elton John performed as a part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, The Rolling Stones were reunited with Hyde Park for two incredible sell out nights, with an emotional and triumphant tribute to the late Charlie Watts. London’s global star Adele brought it home for two shows with an incredible all female line up. The Sunday vibes were offered up by Americana legends Eagles and Pearl Jam provided two packed nights of rock n roll. Finally, one of Britain’s best loved groups, Duran Duran, closed the final night with a day of singalong smash hits.
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About American Express presents BST Hyde Park:
Set in London’s beautiful Royal Park, BST Hyde Park kicked off in 2013 with The Rolling Stones reliving their legendary 1969 gig, plus Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie and many more packing out the park for memorable summer nights.
The event has featured many now famous shows from Carole King, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Robbie Williams, Black Sabbath, Take That, Kylie Minogue, The Who, Blur, Kendrick Lamar, The Strokes and so many more.
Every year, each headliner is joined by a full supporting line-up across multiple stages, from major superstars to handpicked developing acts performing for fans from across the UK and the world.
And the midweek programme allows free access to the site with outdoor cinema, street food markets, children’s theatre, fitness classes, summer sports screenings, evening events, live music and much more.
About American Express® Experiences:
American Express connects Cardmembers to the kinds of rewarding experiences and opportunities that matter to them and their businesses. Through American Express Experiences, Cardmembers have access to presale tickets, and exclusive offers at some of the UK’s most sought-after entertainment events via partnerships with a range of entertainment institutions, including AEG, Live Nation, Somerset House, The British Film Institute and the National Theatre. American Express Experiences is just one example of the powerful backing that American Express provides its Cardmembers.
About AEG Presents
Combining the power of the live event with a focus on true artist development, AEG Presents is a world leader in the music and entertainment industries. Operating across five continents, the company has an unparalleled commitment to artistry, creativity, and community. Its tentpole festivals and multi-day music events — which include the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival alongside British Summer Time at Hyde Park, Stagecoach, Hangout Festival, Electric Forest, and Firefly — continue to set the bar for the live music experience. AEG Presents promotes global tours for artists such as The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Paul McCartney, and Katy Perry, in addition to — through its network of clubs, theatres, arenas, stadiums and renowned partner brands such as The Bowery Presents, Concerts West, Frontier Touring, Goldenvoice, Madison House Presents, Marshall Arts, Messina Touring Group, PromoWest Productions, and Zero Mile Presents — creating and developing an unmatched infrastructure for artist development and audience reach. More information can be found at www.aegpresents.com.
AEG’s European headquarters are located in London.
About Hyde Park:
Every year millions of visitors from London, the UK and across the globe enjoy the iconic Hyde Park, one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. Spanning 350 acres of green space in central London, Hyde Park has hosted world-renowned music artists since the 1960s. The summer concerts are an essential part of income generation for The Royal Parks, providing necessary funds to maintain and develop the parks for future generations to enjoy. They also help support the diverse culture of London and introduce new audiences to the parks.
About The Royal Parks:
The Royal Parks is the charity which manages, protects and improves the parks in an exemplary and sustainable manner so that everyone, now and in the future, has the opportunity to enjoy their natural and historic environments.
The charity looks after eight of London’s finest open spaces: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, The Green Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Greenwich Park, Richmond Park and Bushy Park. It also manages other important open spaces in the capital, including Brompton Cemetery and Victoria Tower Gardens.
It costs around £55m a year to manage the parks. The charity raises around 80 percent of this money itself, with the remaining 20 percent coming from the Government.
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About American Express:
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