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. It’s your ultimate summer party.
Supporting Steps are very special guests, internationally acclaimed Björn Again, the rocked-up, light-hearted satirical ABBA spoof. Opening the show will be the talented X Factor finalist and Finland’s 2018 Eurovision singer, Saara Aalto.
The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo
The legendary Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo achieved worldwide 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.
Supported by The Americans, summoning the spirit of old blues and country – distinctly American rock ’n’ roll
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 the biggest hits from across their albums Score, Celloverse, In2ition and the self-titled album 2CELLOS. 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.
Joined by the internet’s favourite cover girls, The Lounge Kittens with their popular tongue-in-cheek three-part harmonies. Also supporting is the straight talking singer/songwriter Nerina Pallot, telling it as it is with her elegant, heartfelt, soul-deep songs.
The 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.
Opening on Friday night is singer/songwriter Luna, taking to the stage with her own outrageously gifted band. Also supported by British electronic band Blancmange and their ground-breaking 80s synthpop.
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 world of pop and Kew the Music marks the first show in their recently announced 'Thank you and Goodnight - The Farewell Tour'. 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.
Opening the concert is Bristol-born, London-based, rising star Rothwell with her dreamy electropop sounds. Supporting the pop stars is another pop sensation, Nadine Coyle. As one fifth of chart-topping, girl band Girls Aloud, Nadine Coyle has already taken the pop world by storm and her powerhouse vocals now belt out majestic pop songs in her solo career.
Jools Holland and 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. He will be joined by special guest Marc Almond and 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. Supporting the final concert evening will be Jazz Morley whose velvet-smooth, natural soulfulness embraces the technicoloured spectrum of pop.
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These concerts are a collaboration between Kew Gardens, Kilimanjaro Live Ltd and Raymond Gubbay Ltd.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have been presenting summer concerts for 34 years.