Kew the Music 2019
Sing away your summer nights at Kew the Music picnic concerts.
Iconic names in spectacular surroundings - this year's Kew the Music is back with more unforgettable summer nights.
With headline acts from Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean, Jess Glynne, Jules Holland, Craig David, Garbage and Rick Astley, our summer concerts offer an experience you won't want to miss.
Tuesday 9 July 2019: Beverley Knight and Billy Ocean
Both playing full headline sets, these two iconic artists make their Kew the music debut. Queen of British soul Beverley Knight has impeccable credentials. With powerhouse vocals tinged with a raw honesty, she has sold over a million albums. She has won three MOBO Awards, nominated multiple times for Best Female at the Brits and also recieved a prestigious Mercury Music Prize nomination.
Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, selling over 30 million records to date. He reached Gold and Platinum status worldwide with hit after hit after hit - from killer ballads like Suddenlyto pop classics Love Really Hurts Without You and When The Going Gets Tough. His latest album Here You Arefeaturing handpicked and reworked tracks entered the charts at his highest position since 1988.
Opening the show for Beverley and Billy will be British saxophonist YolanDa Brown.
Wednesday 10 July 2019: Jess Glynne
It’s been a rollercoaster few years for Jess Glynne. I Cry When I Laugh is one of the defining British pop records of its era. It entered at number one, spawning 12 million worldwide single sales, 39 weeks in the UK top 10, 2.5 billion Spotify streams, a sold out UK arena tour, Brit, MTV, EMA, Ivor Novello, MOBO, Q and Glamour Award nominations.
In 2018 Jess scored a second UK number one with her much anticipated second album Always In Between. With monumental style, Jess brokers the hinterland between pop, soul, R&B, funk and house. She has an extraordinary alchemical touch for turning out songs filled with hooks and harmonies that mean something to her and, at the same time, cast a spell over the rest of us.
Thursday 11 July 2019: Jools Holland
Jools Holland and his rhythm & blues orchestra with special guests Pauline Black & Arthur "Gaps" Hendrickson from The Selector and guest vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Mabel Ray.
Jools Holland returns this year with yet another crowd-pleasing show. Jools has been touring with his veritable musical army, the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, for more than 25 years and once again he will be joined by drummer Gilson Lavis.
With a career spanning over 30 years, Alison Moyet is irrepressible and enduring. She began as one half of Yazoo, reinvented British dance music, merging cool synthesized soundscapes with soul. Critical acclaim, Sold out tours, multiple top ten hits, Grammy nominations and BRIT awards later, Alison Moyet has clearly demonstrated why she is one of Britain’s finest recording artists. All nine of her studio albums, and three compilation albums, have charted in the Top 30 UK Album Charts. At the turn of the Millennium, she made her stage debut in the West End hit musical Chicago. Multi-talented, multi-faceted and adventurous – her instantly recognizable vocals have been, and continue to be, woven into the fabric of British musical experience.
Friday 12 July 2019: Craig David
With 15 million albums sold worldwide and multi Grammy nominations as well as a top 10 billboard hit 7 Days, plus 4.5 million single sales and 290 million single streams in the last year alone - Craig David is the most talked about return to music in decades!
A contemporary R&B singer, songwriter and rapper, Craig David's debut studio album, Born to Do It, was released in 2000, after which he has released a further five studio albums earning himself 20 UK Top 40 singles, and seven UK Top 40 albums, David's latest album The Time is Now is an exciting stylistic mix of tropical house and R&B.
Saturday 13 July 2019: Garbage
Together for over 25 years Garbage has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and performed in over 35 countries. The band’s unique sound and provocative visual aesthetic grabbed headlines, attracted attention and award nominations for seminal album Version 2.0.
In the post-millennium years, platinum selling beautifulgarbage was followed by Bleed Like Me. Their most recent studio album Strange Little Birds, reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock and Alternative chart. Back on the road, the strident cyberpunks are once again showing how it’s done.
Musician Du Blonde is the opening act for Garbage, and the main support act will be English rock band Sleeper.
Sunday 14 July 2019: Rick Astley
If you think you know about Rick Astley, think again. The much-loved multi-million selling 80s icon returned to capture the heart of a nation with his #1 platinum selling album "50" in 2016 and this year returned with his stellar album Beautiful Life in the top 10. Back in 1987 his solo debut Never Gonna Give You Up was a global smash hit, number 1 in 25 countries.
Over the next 5 years Rick had 13 international hit singles. He became a viral sensation in the noughties and most recently he has been back in the studio creating new, touchingly intimate ballads, upbeat dance beats, hook-laden pop songs and soul stormers - packing in the cheeky lyrical references and the signature sing-along style that are instantly recognisable.
Getting here and around
By tube Kew Gardens station (500m to Victoria Gate)
By train Kew Bridge station (800m to Elizabeth Gate)
By bus 65 stops at Victoria Gate
By bike racks are available at both gates
Parking Please note there is no parking available at Kew for the Kew the Music event. Please check the Transport for London website for further information regarding parking in the area.
Which gate should I use?
Customers can enter the site through either Victoria or Elizabeth Gate, whichever is most convenient. The walk from either entrance gate to the arena is approximately 500 metres. If you need to collect tickets, please enter via Victoria Gate as you will need to collect your tickets from the box office at this gate.
Customers for the VIP packages will find it easiest to use Elizabeth Gate.
Did you know you can treat yourself to one of the VIP packages to make the most of your summer evening at Kew the Music?
From pre-buying a gourmet hamper to enjoying a scrumptious BBQ package, have a look at the options available here.