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Elton John to lead final Friday of British Summer Time Hyde Park

Elton John

Story by Jack Foley

ELTON John will head a star-studded line-up to mark the final Friday of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The popular British singer will be joined by former-Kinks frontman, Ray Davies and the outstanding Elvis Costello performing full sets with their own bands in the run up to Sir Elton and his band.

Tickets for Friday, July 12 go on general sale from 9am on Thursday, May 23 at www.bst-hydepark.com.

Barclaycard Unwind customers will be able to purchase tickets from the Barclaycard Unwind website from Tuesday, May 21.

Across Hyde Park, the three other event stages will see some brilliant singer-songwriter talent play – the cream of established and younger talent from UK and the US.

At The Barclaycard Unwind Theatre, fans will hear the unmistakable chords of Nick Loew – English singer-songwriter, producer and collaborator of Elvis Costello – as well as Lucy Rose, a former backing singer with Bombay Bicycle Club who released her first solo album to great acclaim last September and founding member of Del Amitri, Justin Currie.

American singer-songwriter, Tift Merrit will feature at The Village Hall alongside British folk/rock band To Kill A King.

Finally, The Bandstand will see Thea Gilmore as headline act, described by Mojo magazine as “the most coherent, literate and charged British singer-songwriter of her generation”.

She is joined by Grammy and Golden Globe nominee and one time Beyonce collaborator, Scott McFarnon and Olivia Sebastianelli who has recently been heralded as ‘an artist brimming with talent, originality and musical eloquence’.

On the full line-up for Final Friday, Rob Hallett, President, International Live Touring, AEG Live commented: “Hyde Park on Friday, July 12 will witness a fantastic celebration of great British and American songwriters. Imagine how many hits you are going to hear between Elton, Ray and Elvis. This one’s a real treat!”