The Rolling Stones will bring hundreds of thousands of revelers to Hyde Park this summer (Picture: Getty Images)
The support acts for one of the most anticipated gigs of the year have been announced: the Rolling Stones anniversary concerts.
This summer marks a full 60 years since the foundation of the iconic rock band, and the Stones are celebrating with two massive gigs in London’s Hyde Park.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood will return to the Great Oak Stage for British Summer Time in Hyde Park this summer for not one, but two dates.
They will once again joined by Steve Jordan on the drums, following the sad death of Stones drummer Charlie Watts last year.
While the excitement builds for the absolutely massive gigs, details on support acts have been kept tightly under wraps – until now.
The Stones will be supported by iconic acts including Phoebe Bridgers and Sam Fender as they take over London for two weekends this summer.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts of The The band last played BST Hyde Park in 2013 (Picture: Getty Images)
Singer-songwriter Phoebe, who has amassed a huge following for her emotional and vulnerable songs, will take to the stage on Saturday, June 25, where she will perform hits including Motion Sickness and Kyoto.
Phoebe has previously collaborated with massive names including Taylor Swift and Conor Oberst, and has sold out four nights in the Brixton O2 Academy as well as clinching the support act for BST.
Also on June 25, the Stones will be joined by Grammy-winning American rock band The War On Drugs, who have steadily risen in the ranks over the last 15 years.
The band have toured extensively, selling out iconic venues across the world, but June 25 will mark their very first venture to Hyde Park.
Phoebe Bridgers sold out four nights at the O2 Academy Brixton and will now support the Stones (Picture: Getty Images)
The War on Drugs will help warm up the crowd for the Saturday show (Picture: Photo by Shawn Brackbill)
Completing Saturday’s line-up are returning Californian rock ’n’ rollers Vista Kicks, Manchester multi-instrumentalist JJ Rosa, plus Nashville-based Country recording artist Kelly McGrath.
The Stones return to Hyde Park BST on Sunday, July 3, where they will be supported by the shooting star that is Sam Fender, a rising rock star who is steadily building a back catologue of massive hits.
Having won two Brit awards and both his albums debuting at number one on the UK Official Albums Charts, Fender has amassed a huge following and should be well able to warm up the crowd.
Joining Sam will be singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, who has won multiple Aria Music Awards and been nominated for both Grammy and Brit Awards.
The Australian artist is becoming recognized for her talents in the UK, with her debut album ranked among the best of the year by several publications.
Brit Award-winner Sam Fender will get the crowd going on Sunday’s show in July (Picture: Charlotte Patmore)
Australian artist Courtney Barnett is ready to make her mark in the UK with the coveted support slot (Picture: Courtney Barnett)
Sunday’s performances will be rounded up by guitarist and singer Kingfish, guitar-heavy band Dinner Party and Sydney-based rock outfit The Flints.
Jim King, CEO of European Festivals at AEG Presents, said: ‘As we look forward to the Summer in Hyde Park, we’re delighted to confirm that Sam Fender, Phoebe Bridgers, The War On Drugs and Courtney Barnett will be performing with The Rolling Stones at American Express presents BST Hyde Park.’
It’s far from the first time the Stones have rocked out at Hyde Park: their 1969 show Stones in the Park is one of the most famous concerts of all time, with anywhere between 250,000 to one million people watching the band.
They returned to the par just once since: in 2013, the opening of BST Hyde Park where they played two sold-out shows to 130,000 fans, resulting in the concert film Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live.
As well as the massive BST gigs, the Rolling Stones will play an additional UK date with a show at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium on Thursday, June 9.
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