For a few days more, July 9th to the 14th, you can still catch unmissable musical performances in the stunning atmosphere of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew! The UNESCO World Heritage site has been converted into a massive festival ground, yet the beautiful flower collections surrounding the concert area can still be explored and appreciated. Wild plants from regions all across the world can be found in unique locations throughout the gardens such as an elegant carved rock waterfall, sensual walkways lined with colorful floral displays, and calming temples seated in serene forest shade.
Tuesday, (July 9) Beverly Knight graced the stage. She has won three MOBO Awards, been nominated multiple times for Best Female at the Brits, and also received a prestigious Mercury Music Prize nomination. She was joined by Britain’s most successful black recording star, Billy Ocean, who has sold over 30 million records to date with repeated Gold and Platinum all over the world.
Dusky Grey performed on July 10th. A pop duo who shared both the stage and each other’s energy, delivering hit after hit to warm up the set. Following them was the first Scottish sensation of the night, Nina Nesbitt who performed a brilliant mix of folk, pop, and rock creating a lively atmosphere to dance to on a lovely summer evening. Before dusk, the final act Lewis Capaldi, fresh from his secret Glastonbury set, poured his heart and soul out armed with nothing other than his trusty acoustic guitar. The crowd was caught up in a swarm of emotions as they sang along while Capaldi cried out his tragically beautiful hits such as “Someone You Loved” and “Bruises”. A magical evening in such an enchanting venue.
Alison Moyet, one of Britain’s finest and most successful contemporary recording artists, will be kicking things off July 11th, with vocals that changed British dance music with mixing synthesized electronic soundscapes with soul. Jools Holland and his rhythm & blues orchestra follows with special guests Pauline Black & Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson from The Selector, guest vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, Mabel Ray, and the return of drummer Gilson Lavis to the orchestra.
Friday (July 12) famous R&B singer Craig David performs to a sold-out show. Hit singles such as the classic “7 Days” will carry the night and hits from his latest album The Time is Now, an exciting blend of tropical house and R&B.
Saturday (July 13) will be the next show you can catch the #1 Billboard Rock & Alternative album charting band Garbage take the stage. They have sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and performed in over 35 countries. Platinum selling albums such as beautifulgarbage will set the night ablaze as the cyberpunk band sets to rock out. Famous English rock band Sleeper is the support recently reunited following a split and long hiatus. Their grungy beginnings in the nineties produced three UK Top 10 albums and eight UK Top 40 singles. Beth Jeans Houghton (a.k.a. Du Blonde) will perform as well, with her band having an eclectic range of influences ranging from psychedelic rock, punk, blues, 1960’s garage rock, and soul. Definitely a can’t miss event for anyone looking headbang to some quality rock music.
Sunday (July 14) the legendary Rick Astley will be closing out the five-day festival. The iconic 80’s artist came right to number 1 in 1987 with his global smash hit Never Gonna Give You Up, which debuted number 1 in 25 countries. Determined to keep his music in the hearts of million, he will perform old and new hits such as those off his #1 platinum selling album “50” which debuted in 2016. Up and coming acts such as the talented Scottish singer-songwriter Kerri Watt and rising star Billy Lockett will be opening for Astley, making an already special performance even more powerful.
For more information and tickets visit: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/kew-the-music-2019.