Published on February 21st, 2017 | by Jago0
Razorlight supported by The Bluetones & Reef
Kew the Music is a glorious week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Returning once again with a fantastic line up that offers something for everyone – whether you fancy being whisked back to the heyday of the notorious Haçienda, or would love the chance to hear the recent hits from Passenger performed live – book your tickets early to avoid disappointment, and look forward to a night in the most magical setting in London. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink, or to enjoy the open-air bars and tasty street food stalls. A sensational summer’s evening awaits.
Passenger – Tuesday 11 July
His 2012 hit single Let Her Go reached a staggering one billion You Tube views and launched UK based singer songwriter Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) as a global phenomenon. This year’s Kew the Music opens with a new departure for Rosenberg, for this concert he will perform not as a solo troubadour, but backed by a five-piece band showcasing songs from his latest album as well as breathing new life into many Passenger cult classics.
Razorlight – Wednesday 12 July
Formed in 2002 around lead singer Johnny Borrell, Razorlight quickly became one of the key bands of the new millennia, selling 4 million albums, winning the 2005 NME New Band Award, nominated for two BRIT Awards and two NME Awards ‘Best Band’ and ‘Best Album’ in 2007. Earlier this year Johnny began trying songs with guitarist David Ellis, formerly of Babeshadow, and with a new line-up the reinvigorated Razorlight are set to confirm their place as one of the most compelling, maverick guitar bands to have emerged out of the UK.
Supported by indie heroes The Bluetones, dynamic and engaging, with an impressive run of hit singles Bluetonic, Slight Return, If and Keep the Fires Burning to name a few.
Opening the concert is Reef. Frontman Gary Stringer has one of the most distinctive voices of the nineties and this Britpop band is best known for the million selling No1 album Glow.
Haçienda Classiçal – Friday 14 July
Having sold out two dates at the Royal Albert Hall, Haçienda Classiçal returns to London for its third ever concert with the new set updated for 2017 as the DJ’s who shaped The Haçienda’s sound, Mike Pickering and Graeme Park perform with Manchester Camerata orchestra for a night of iconic dance music and club anthems played by a full orchestra.
“A night of soaring synth riffs, euphoric drops and massive tunes” (NME), the records that shaped a generation are renewed, adapted and arranged for the orchestra, AMC Choir and special guests. The run of classical-meets-club concerts so far have been widely praised with a five star review from The Times “The atmosphere was incredible.”
James – Saturday 15 July
One of the most influential British indie bands, propelled from the musical tinderbox of early 80s Manchester and the “Madchester” movement of the 90s into an enduring global career spanning over 30 years with hit after hit including Sit Down, She’s A Star, Laid, and Getting Away With It and over 20 UK Top 40 singles and selling millions of albums worldwide. On top at the midway stage of the chart week, their latest studio album Girl at the End of the World recently came close to knocking Adele’s 25 off the prized number 1 spot of the UK album chart.
Further bands and artists will be confirmed over the coming weeks.
Tickets and booking information:
Go to kewthemusic.org for full event and ticket information.
Tickets from £40.00. Booking fees apply.
24-hour ticket hotline: 0844 871 8803 or book online at kewthemusic.org
Discount for children aged 1-16 (inclusive) is £18.
Under 12 months free entry and no ticket required.
Disabled tickets: Carer goes free.
Ready-made Picnic Hampers are available to collect on the night.
For an exclusive BBQ/ VIP Hospitality dining experience in the Nash Conservatory, visit kewthemusic.org
Gates open at 6.00pm. Nearest tube: Kew Gardens – District Line
No seating is provided, but guests are welcome to bring blankets, folding chairs and picnics.
Kew the Music is a collaboration between Kilimanjaro Live Ltd, Raymond Gubbay Ltd and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have been presenting summer concerts for over 30 years.