The first artists have been announced for KEW THE MUSIC 2024, with MIKA headlining the concert series on Tuesday 9th July 2024, PASSENGER on Thursday 11th July 2024 and JLS on Friday 12th July 2024.
The annual week-long festival of picnic concerts is set in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, Kew Gardens in south west London, and has become one of the fixtures in the London summer music calendar. Established as one of the most spectacular summer concert venues in the UK, the shows are a hit amongst all generations of music lovers. Unusually for outdoor events, guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink or can enjoy the open-air bars and street food stalls.
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MIKA – Tuesday 9th July
Throughout his career, MIKA has crafted a world of gritty romance amidst the joy and playfulness of technicoloured alternative pop. With his defining single ‘Grace Kelly’ in 2007, he sold over 3 million copies worldwide, and was no.1 in the UK for five weeks. His debut album ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ has over 2.8 billion streams.
Following this MIKA has released a further four studio albums, conquered Europe both with his music and appearing on various television shows, created orchestral versions of his greatest hits, and much more. In 2022 he was as an international host of the Eurovision Song Contest, where he performed a dazzling medley to 161 million viewers worldwide and performed at festivals worldwide including a triumphant set at the Isle of Wight Festival.
PASSENGER – Thursday 11th July
PASSENGER is a multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. Although still known for his busking, he made the journey from street corners to stadiums with ‘Let Her Go’, which reached No.1 in 19 countries and has now notched more than six billion streams globally. It is the second-most ‘Shazammed’ song of all time. Yet ‘Let Her Go’ is just one song from a catalogue that extends across 13 albums in 13 years, including eight that have reached the UK Top 40.
His most recent release on 10 November is a re-working for the anniversary of his breakthrough album ‘All The Little Lights’, which features collaborations with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Foy Vance.
JLS – Friday 12th July
The Friday headliner is one of Britain’s most beloved boybands – JLS. Releasing their debut album in 2009 which has since sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, the band has won two BRIT awards and five MOBO awards.
Since their comeback in 2021, JLS – Aston Merrygold, JB Gill, Marvin Humes and Oritsé Williams- have performed to over 350,000 on tour and are currently in the middle of their 2023 ‘EVERYBODY SAY JLS: The Hits’ tour.
JLS released their most recent album ‘2.0’ in 2021 and will bring hits from the record as well as huge singles like ‘Beat Again’, ‘Everybody in Love’ and ‘Love You More’ to Kew Gardens next summer. They’ve come a long way since their emergence on The X Factor in 2008.
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