Belfast Telegraph

Massive Attack to play British Summertime Hyde Park festival

Massive Attack are to join fellow UK acts Mumford And Sons and Take That at this year's Barclaycard presents British Summertime Hyde Park festival in July.

The Bristol-born "trip hop" band will take to the stage on Friday July 1, alongside singer-songwriter and poet Patti Smith, who celebrated the 40th anniversary of her seminal album, Horses, last year.

Head of events at The Royal Parks, Alun Mainwaring, said: "The line-up for 2016 just keeps on getting better."

"Having a huge group like Massive Attack kick off this year's event is a fitting start to what promises to be another unforgettable 10 days of entertainment at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park."

Mercury Prize-winning Young Fathers, who supported the headline group on their recent European tour, will also play a support role in the gig, which began its 65,000-ticket show with the Rolling Stones in 2013.

Senior vice president of sponsors, AEG Live, James King said: "With an incredible archive of music that has stood the test of time and inspired so many, Massive Attack are still providing a heartbeat for the world."

Music fans can expect to see one of the festival's most diverse line-ups in a week of shows that features everything from Florence And The Machine on July 2, to Alabama Shakes and the California post-punk group, Warpaint.

Now in its fourth year, proceeds from ticket sales are put back into the maintenance of its Hyde Park venue in central London.

UK vocalist Ghostpoet is also set to perform, along with Brooklyn-formed TV On The Radio, who first came to prominence with their 2004 album, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes.

Tickets for the festival start at £59.50 for general admission from


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