Björn Again, Blancmange, The Americans and many more supports across the week.
Kew the Music is a glorious week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This year has a fantastic line up with something for everyone, Kew the Music is well known for its magical setting, don’t forget the open-air bars and high quality street food stalls handpicked to ensure that you soak up the relaxed atmosphere and enjoy a sensational summer’s evening.
10 July Steps
Super-charged dance-pop sensation Steps have had a phenomenal comeback. They return to the epicentre of British pop with iTunes chart-toppers; a sold out arena tour and a #2 album with Tears On The Dancefloor that achieved Silver status in just three weeks. Opening Kew the Music 2018, expect all the hits, nineties nostalgia and dancefloor anthems but also a boisterous, high-energy, up-to-the minute, end-to-end pop extravaganza.
Very special guests: The internationally acclaimed Björn Again was created in 1988 in Melbourne as a rocked-up, light-hearted satirical ABBA spoof. This much-loved Australian ABBA show rapidly achieved world-wide cult status and helped initiate the ABBA revival which brought about ABBA Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and MAMMA MIA!
Showgirl and songwriter. Pop star and pianist. There’s no-one quite like Saara Aalto. She is firmly established as one of Finland’s major talents thanks to her anthemic release “No Fear” and she represents Finland this year at the Eurovision Song Contest. Europe can’t get enough of her and nor can the UK, as we voted for her week after week on X Factor – she came second.
11 July The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo
The legendary Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo achieved world-wide recognition in 1988 with the release of their eponymous album which featured the global smash hits Bamboleo, Un Amor and Djoba Djoba. They won a Grammy in 2014 for their album Savor Flamenco. The band are all members of two related families from France and are credited for pioneering the sound of progressive flamenco worldwide.
The Americans summon the spirit of old blues and country, creating something brand new, leaving behind nostalgia. Their debut album in 2017 caused a stir with Greg Vandy (American Standard Time) calling it “distinctly American rock ‘n’ roll. Throaty, firin’ on all cylinders, road-trip rock”. The Americans songs are miniature biographies, magical stories, intimate portraits that leave much unsaid. Musically, they trail-blaze along a road less travelled.
12 July 2CELLOS
In 2016 they sold out Hammersmith, in 2017 they sold out both London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall….Now for 2018, 2CELLOS bring their incredible sound and high energy performance from classical to pop and rock with everything in between to Kew Gardens for their only LIVE London show. Expect all their best known hits. Having forged a signature style that has made them a sought-after international sensation, the blockbuster Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser rock the world. They fearlessly play with true virtuosity and know no limits when performing live.
The internet’s favourite cover girls, The Lounge Kittens, are on tour. The saucy songtresses, a London-based trio deliver popular songs and tongue-in-cheek covers with an irreverent twist. Watch out for their acerbic wit and ability to swear in three part harmony.
13 July Human League
Electro-pioneers and influential ground-breakers, The Human League are so credible it’s incredible. In fact they’re probably more highly regarded now than they were in 1981 when they released their landmark album Dare. With four Top 10 albums and eight Top 10 singles in the UK as well as two US Number 1 singles and over 30 million records sold worldwide; they are a sublimely peculiar and heady cocktail of pop, dance, glamour and electronics.
British electronic band Blancmange mix synthesizers and surrealism to create epic synthpop. They first broke in the early 80s with ground-breaking singles “I Can’t Explain”, “Feel Me”, “Living on the Ceiling”, “Blind Vision” and “Don’t Tell Me”. Always willing to change and adapt, their sound has evolved sometimes sharp and minimalist, sometimes lighter and ambient, sometimes flickering between bleak and crazy – always free and experimental.
14 July Boyzone
Twenty five million record sales, seven hit studio albums, six #1 singles; Ronan, Keith, Mikey and Shane are still going strong. With a landmark 25th anniversary in 2018, the band has taken a moment to stop and reflect on their amazing achievement in the ephemeral world of pop. Having fun working together as much as when they are busy with solo projects; their 25 years in the spotlight have been filled with crushing tragedy, reinvention and phenomenal success. Expect a rollercoaster of a show from a superstar band proud of where they are.
15 July Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Jools Holland, whose musical credits are both countless and stellar, returns to Kew the Music with another crowd-pleasing show. A musical leviathan, Jools has been touring with his veritable musical army, the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis for more than 20 years and, once again, he will be joined by regular guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall
Opening for Jools is Ella Janes, a London-based folk musician, whose stripped-back sound draws faithfully from 60s folk artists including Simon & Garfunkel and French songstress Françoise Hardy.