Kew The Music 2019: Line-up, tickets, stage times and more
Hampers at the ready — the capital’s most civilised musical festival is almost here.
Kew The Music, which takes place within the beautifully botanical surroundings of Kew Gardens in south west London, will return for a series of so-called picnic concerts this week.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own well-stocked hampers, along with the corresponding chairs and blankets, making this one of the more relaxed festival experiences you’re likely to find in the city.
This is everything you need to know about Kew The Music.
When is Kew The Music 2019?
The series will run across six consecutive nights, from Tuesday July 9 until Sunday July 14.
Where will the concerts take place?
It will all take place within the northern area of the Gardens, near to the Orangery restaurant and between Victoria Gate and Elizabeth Gate. Check out the site map here.
Who’s on the line-up for Kew The Music 2019
July 9 — Beverley Knight and Billy Ocean
Soul star Beverley Knight will share the headline slot with R&B icon Billy Ocean, drawing on material from more than 75 years in the music business between them. Saxophonist YolanDa Brown provides support.
July 10 — Lewis Capaldi
Filling in for Jess Glynne, the Scottish chart-stormer will bring heartfelt balladry to proceedings, no doubt including a rendition of his number one hit, Someone You Loved. Fellow Scot Nina Nesbitt and Welsh pop double-act Dusky Grey will play before him.
July 11 — Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
You always know what you to expect from a Jools Holland gig: all the classics, played expertly with trademark exuberance. Alison Moyet, formerly of Yazoo, is also on the bill.
July 12 — Craig David
Now something of an elder statesman of the UK garage that infiltrated the charts back in the early 2000s, Craig David has been reborn in recent years with a string of high-profile collaborations. YouTube star Alex Aiono and rising pop artist Dani Sylvia complete the line-up.
July 13 — Garbage, Sleeper and Du Blonde
Two 90s favourites, Garbage and Sleeper, top the bill on Saturday night, alongside garage rocker Du Blonde. It looks set to be one of the series’ louder evenings.
July 14 — Rick Astley
Still steadfastly refusing to give any of us up, Rick Astley will be reliving the 80s glory days with this show, as well as delivering a few cuts from his 2018 album, Beautiful Life. Billy Lockett, popular for his slow-burning pop tunes, will also perform, as will Kerri Watt.
Why isn’t Jess Glynne appearing at Kew The Music?
Glynne was scheduled to appear on July 10, but has been forced to cancel a string of shows after suffering hemorrhaged vocal cords. Writing on Twitter, she said that all gigs up until July 14 were to be abandoned — including her slot at Kew The Music.
What are the stage times for Kew The Music?
Gates will open at 5pm each evening, with the concert arena itself opening at 6pm.
Music is set to start between 6.40pm and 6.55pm, with headliners appearing sometime between 8.30pm and 9pm — with the exception of Billy Ocean, who will start performing at 7.45pm.
The curfew for each of the shows is 10.30pm.
How to get tickets for Kew The Music
Tickets are still available for all shows apart from July 12 with Craig David, which has completely sold out.
To buy the remaining tickets, click here.
How to get to Kew Gardens
Tube: Kew Gardens (District line)
Rail: South West Trains from Waterloo, Vauxhall and Clapham Junction to Kew Gardens station. London Overground also services Kew Gardens.
Bus: The 65 stops nearest to the entrance, while the 391 stops near Kew Gardens station. The 236 and 267 stop at Kew Gardens Station.
Car: There will be no on-site parking or designated spots around the site, so driving is not advised.
Bicycle: There will be bike racks by Victoria Gate and Elizabeth Gate.