British Summer Time arrives in Hyde Park for the Summer of 2013.
Friday 5 July 2013 saw the mighty New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi take the main stage. Ably supported throughout the day with a sterling supporting line up of Kaiser Chiefs, Bush, The Futureheads, Charlie Simpson, The Coronas, Bernhoft, Rival Sons, Little Barrie, Funeral Suits, Leo Gun, All The Young, Josh Flowers & The Wild plus The Virginmarys.
The Rolling Stones played their first night of the season on Saturday 6 July 2013 with a varied selection of quality names on the bill. Alongside Mick and Keith were The Vaccines, The Temper Trap, Palma Violets, King Charles and Gary Clark Jr. Throughout the day the other stages were represented with The Boxer Rebellion, Story Books, Temples (returning for 2015), Tribes, Broken Hands, Drenge, Whinnie Williams, Will Joseph Cook, Loom, Splashh, Kimberley Anne, TriggerFinger, Will Heard and Gabriel Bruce.
Sunday 7 July was given over to a full ‘Day In The Park‘ in association with BBC Radio 2 and brought together the best in pop and rock with tonnes of family flavoured activities. From JLS and The Beach Boys to live shows of The Gruffalo and Horrible Histories, it was a huge hit. The full music line up included turns from The Saturdays, Paul Young, Soul Rebels, The Cuban Brothers, Kimberley Wyatt and The Overtones. More fun and mirth was provided by the Brainiac crew, Tich, the Loveable Rogues and the Avalon Comedy Theatre.
Elton John was all set to turn out a storming show on Friday 12 July, but following ill health he had to withdraw. As a result all existing ticket holders were refunded and the event was turned into a Free Friday with Ray Davies the former Kinks front man stepping up to the top slot. The rest of the artists playing for free included Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Tift Merritt, Thea Gilmore, ex Del Amitri vocalist Justin Currie, Scott McFarnon and Olivia Sebastianelli.
The Rolling Stones turned up for their second show on Saturday 13 July 2013 with a cracking support bill including Tom Odell, Jake Bugg, The Horrors, The 1975, Public Service Broadcasting, Vintage Trouble, The Family Rain, Luke Sital Singh, James Bay, Keziah Jones, Adam Cohen, Fink, Hudson Taylor amongst others.
Bringing 2013’s glorious Summer of music in Hyde Park to a close was the Motown soul legend Lionel Richie along with some hip swinging RnB from Jennifer Lopez. Joining them on a packed bill were Eliza Doolittle, Nile Rodgers and Chic (back again in 2015), Al Jarreau, Beverley Knight, Delilah and Angel, Stooshe, Charlie Brown, Smiler, Amplify Dot and Vince Kidd.