For those of you who didn’t get the memo – Phil Collins is back. Although he announced his retirement from music in 2011, he’s now returned and June will see him play his biggest ever solo show, headlining the opening day of the British Summer Time Festival which takes place in Hyde Park. The park has a maximum capacity of 65,000, so there’s going to be a lot of lighters waved during ‘In The Air Tonight’.
Activity from Collins has been scarce in recent years – his last album was released seven years ago (and, even then, it was a covers album) and he’s only played a handful of shows over the last decade. Although Collins’ Hyde Park performance is promised to be his only UK/EU festival date of the year, he is also playing a five night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall earlier on in June.
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Also on the bill are Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics and Starsailor. Blondie recently released a new single, ‘Fun’, with its’ parent album, ‘Pollinator’, due out in May. Although Mike + The Mechanics aren’t currently promoting any new material, they about to embark on an extensive UK tour throughout February and March.
Collins’ set promises to be a real crowd-pleaser, with the man himself saying “I will be playing all of the songs that people love. The reaction from the British public has been overwhelming. I can’t wait to play Hyde Park and see everyone there.”