After playing a number of dates exclusively across the Americas throughout 2016, The Killers have been announced as the final headliners for the Barclaycard-presented British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park, joining Kings Of Leon and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers as the big names over its second weekend.
Running over six days between 30th June and 9th July (and with The Killers leading on 8th July, the final Saturday), the concert stint will also welcome Phil Collins, Green Day, and Justin Bieber.
For The Killers, whose 2003 single ‘Mr. Brightside’ is currently enjoying a remarkable unbroken 29-week run in the top 100 of the UK singles chart thanks to enduring popularity on streaming services, the day will see their first shows in London since sold-out gigs at Wembley Stadium and the Hammersmith Apollo supporting Battle Born, their latest studio record, and greatest hits collection Direct Hits in 2013.
Their 11 annual Christmas singles, traditionally released in support of AIDS movement (RED), have been the only new music since, and formed the festive Don’t Waste Your Wishes compendium last November. Now, festival organisers promise that this UK festival exclusive show will give attendees “an early glimpse” at their as-yet-untitled fifth record, which will look to continue the spotless records of the band and frontman Brandon Flowers in topping the UK album charts.
Early support has been announced from White Lies, Tears For Fears, and Elbow, the Manchester collective behind ‘One Day Like This‘ who will themselves release seventh album Little Fictions on February 3rd.
Tickets for other BST dates are already available, and The Killers’ date goes on sale this Friday from 9am. Pre-sale access opens 48 hours earlier for members of the BST mailing list, and further acts are set to be added to the bill as the summertime date nears.