BST Hyde Park 2023 Adds Massive Supports

Global rock phenomenon Guns N’ Roses will headline  BST Hyde Park for the very first time on Friday 30th 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. And today, news has come of the other acts bringing the ultimate summer rock show to Hyde Park.

Pearl Jam @ BST Hyde Park 2022

Pearl Jam @ BST Hyde Park 2022

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.

The Pretenders @ Glastonbury

Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde

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.

The Pretenders @ Glastonbury

James Walbourne of The Pretenders
James Walbourne of The Pretenders

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

The Darkness performing on the Common Stage at the Victorious Festival, Southsea 29 and 30 August 2015 (Simon Reed)
The Darkness performing on the Common Stage at the Victorious Festival, Southsea 29 and 30 August 2015 (Simon Reed)

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.

The Darkness

The Darkness performing on the Common Stage at the Victorious Festival, Southsea 29 and 30 August 2015 (Simon Reed)
The Darkness performing on the Common Stage at the Victorious Festival, Southsea 29 and 30 August 2015 (Simon Reed)

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.

Larkin Poe @ Islington Assembly Hall

Rebecca & Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe
Rebecca & Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe

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. Read Rockshot Magazine’s review of Larkin Poe’s blistering Islington Assembly Hall show here.

Larkin Poe @ Islington Assembly Hall

Rebecca Lovell of Larkin Poe
Rebecca Lovell of Larkin Poe

Today’s news comes in addition to news that singer-songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter, South Korean indie group The Rose, rising Brighton singer Caity Baser and If We Ever Broke Up star Mae Stephens will all be joining K-pop phenomenon BLACKPINK at BST Hyde Park on 2nd July.

Photography of The Darkness by Simon Reed. Photography of BST Hyde Park, The Pretenders and Larkin Poe by Kalpesh Patel.

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