Eric Clapton is heading back to London’s Hyde Park — topping a bill that also stars his old friend and collaborator Steve Winwood. The guitar idol has joined the list of artists headlining Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018, when he will play the Great Oak Stage on 8 July. It’s simultaneously announced today (27 November) that Winwood will be on the same bill, along with two more guitar heroes, Carlos Santana and Gary Clark Jr.
Clapton has been closely associated with the famous location since he played in Hyde Park on 7 June 1969 with Blind Faith. An estimated 120,000 fans were there to see the debut concert by the band, also featuring Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech.
He came back to Hyde Park in 1996, when his concert there was recorded as a fundraiser for the Prince’s Trust. Staged by MasterCard Masters of Music, the show was released as a video in 1997, with a DVD following in 2001. Clapton he also played at the Park in 2008 in the Hard Rock Calling series, the predecessor of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.
“I have happy memories of performing in Hyde Park in the past,” says Clapton, “and I’m really looking forward to playing there again – the whole atmosphere is very special.”
Previously announced headliners for the 2018 concert series, the sixth edition, are Roger Waters, who will bring his Us + Them Tour to the UK for the first time on 6 July; Michael Bublé, who will star in the Park on 13 July; and Bruno Mars on 14 July.
Meanwhile, the famous “Clapton Is God” graffiti, first seen as his legendary status was growing in 1965 on Arvon Road in Highbury, north London, has resurfaced in a number of London locations. They include Borough High Street, Waterloo, Camden Market and the original site.
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