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Win tickets to The Serpentine Sessions 2010: Patti Smith and Laura Marling on bill

Laura Marling

Story by Jack Foley

GRIZZLY Bear, Patti Smith and her band and Laura Marling have been confirmed as the headline acts for this year’s Serpentine Sessions, taking place on June 28, June 29 and July 1, 2010. And we have 2 pairs of tickets up for grabs for a date of your choosing!

Unlike any other London outdoor events, these concerts have a limited capacity of just 3,000 per night creating a very special series of summer shows in a small corner of London’s Hyde Park.

Last year saw critically acclaimed artists Bon Iver, Regina Spektor and Tindersticks all headline the inaugural Serpentine Sessions, which received rave reviews across the board.

Tickets are on sale now.

Serpentine Sessions was established to allow concertgoers to enjoy prestigious acts in a stunning location where the focus is music.

Grizzly Bear will open this year’s Serpentine Sessions on June 28. Since the release of their second album Veckatimest – hailed by many critics as 2009’s finest album – the Brooklyn quartet have become the poster boys for a certain strain of ambitious, symphonic pop.

Their live show combines soaring harmonies and richly atmosphere sounds to create an undeniably moving live performance.

Headlining the second night of Serpentine Sessions, on June 29, will be world-renowned punk rock poet laureate Patti Smith and her band.

Ranked as one of the most influential female rock and rollers of all time, her music has been hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan’s heyday and has subsequently become an inspiration and icon to generations of female rockers.

Smith recently performed an acoustic show in the beautiful setting of Union Chapel and thrived off its intimate nature receiving five star reviews across the press. Her Serpentine Session is a unique opportunity to catch this influential, multi-talented and imaginative performer with her full band in a very special setting.

The final night of these series of shows will be on July 1 and headlined by UK’s finest folk songstress Laura Marling.

Her second album I Speak Because I Can has very quickly garnered a slew of five star reviews and reached Number 4 in the UK Album Charts.

Win tickets to The Serpentine Sessions:

For your chance to win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to this year’s Serpentine Sessions, simply answer the following question and tell us which of the three dates you’d like to attend…

Q. What was the name of Grizzly Bear’s second album?

Simply send the answer to Serpentine Sessions 10 competition and include your name, address, telephone number, email and which date you’d like to see.

Serpentine Sessions, Hyde Park, London

Monday, June 28 – Grizzly Bear, Efterklang, plus more TBA

Tuesday, June 29 – Patti Smith and her band (Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty, Jack Petruzzelli) Fionn Regan
Acoustic Stage – Dawn Kinnard, The Boy Who Trapped the Sun, Eliza Doolittle

Thursday, July 1 – Laura Marling, Fanfarlo
Acoustic stage – Peggy Sue, Smoke Fairies, Alessi’s Ark

Ticket prices:
Monday, June 28 – £27.50 + booking fee
Tuesday, June 29 – £32.50 + booking fee
Thursday, July 1 – £27.50 + booking fee