Justin Bieber has been announced as a headliner for Barclaycard’s British Summer Time Series in London’s Hyde Park, alongside a start-studded line up featuring The Killers, Kings of Leon and Phil Collins. The headline show will see the Canadian pop superstar bring his ‘Purpose’ album tour to the UK for a one-off festival exclusive on July 2nd, and marks the singer’s first concert at the legendary outdoor location. Also appearing on the bill supporting the boy wonder, are 2016’s ‘world’s number one DJ’ Martin Garrix, Swedish pop sensation Tove Lo and British singer-songwriter Anne Marie, in what promises to be a show far beyond unmissable.
‘Purpose’, Bieber’s fourth studio album, was released in late 2016 to critical acclaim, selling over 10 million copies to date worldwide and even being nominated for several Grammy awards. Establishing a confident deviation from the heartthrob’s traditional teeny-bopper style, ‘Purpose’ marked a new chapter for a more mature artist and set the proverbial record straight. Featuring chart-topping, genre crossover hits such as ‘What Do You Mean?’, ‘I’ll Show You’ and the infectious Skrillex/Diplo collaboration ‘Where R U Now?’, Bieber finally won over the critics and shattered the sugar-coated stigma attached to his child-star name.
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Originally starting out as a YouTube sensation from a young age, Bieber was taken under the wing of R’n’B legend Usher and released his debut EP ‘My World’ at the shy age of just fourteen. Featuring his debut single ‘One Time’, it was only up for Justin from there and he simply exploded onto the scene captivating audiences worldwide. ‘Baby’, ‘Eeenie Meanie’, ‘Boyfriend’ – the hits just kept coming, and now with four studio albums under his belt, a movie-documentary, and the first artist on VEVO to reach a whopping 10 billion hits, Bieber has the music world right in the palm of his hands.
Despite making headlines recently for all the wrong reasons (calling the crowd ‘obnoxious’ in Birmingham and walking off mid-gig in Manchester because his fans were screaming too much), pop’s favourite bad boy will be looking to make amends this summer and what a venue to do it at. Hosting a maximum capacity ranging between 50,000 to 65,000, Bieber’s stadium tour that he has been show-casing around the UK already will reach unfathomable and dizzying heights at Hyde Park, and hardcore Beliebers will not want to miss out on whatever surprises he may have in store for ticketholders. Bieber, notably was seen tweeting last month, ‘Working on something special’, leading many of his fans to speculate whether is working on new material and perhaps even in the midst of penning a fifth record. Only time will tell whether this is true, but Hyde Park would seem like a fitting venue to debut any new tracks and perhaps even bring on some special guests if fans are fortunate.
As mentioned, also on the bill for July 2nd is Martin Garrix, who took the dance world by storm with his debut hit ‘Animals’ and will be looking to live up to his world class DJ reputation at Hyde Park on the back of his third EP release ‘Seven’. The ‘Stay High’ hitmaker Tove Lo will also perform, having just put out her second record ‘Lady Wood’ at the end of last year, described by the singer herself as ‘darkier and dreamier’ than her debut. Finally, Anne Marie joins the guest list whose name might seem familiar as she most recently contributed guest vocals on Clean Bandit’s massive hit ‘Rockabye’, which spent nine consecutive weeks at the top on the UK official singles chart and even robbed The X Factor winner of the Christmas number 1 spot. Like Justin, none of the eclectic artists have played Hyde Park before making the occasion that much more sweet to behold.
Catch Bieber, Martin Garrix, Tove Lo and Anne Marie on July 2nd. Tickets are available now at http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/justin-bieber-2nd-july-2017
Barclaycard’s British Summer Time Series takes place in London’s Hyde Park between 30th June and 9th July.