Kew the Music is a glorious week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning and
iconic grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The 2018 concerts run between Tuesday 10 July – Sunday 15 July with a fantastic line up that offers
something for everyone.
A series of sensational summer evenings, with an eclectic mix of artists guaranteed to appeal to all
generations of music lovers, the popular concerts make the perfect outing for the whole family to
enjoy. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink, or to enjoy the open-air bars and tasty
street food stalls.
Tuesday 10 July - Steps
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.
Wednesday 11 July - The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo
The legendary Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo achieved world-wide
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.
Thursday 12 July - 2CELLOS
Having forged a signature style that breaks down the boundaries between music genres, 2CELLOS bounce from classical and film music to pop and rock and everything in between. The blockbuster Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser rocked the world of music with their unique 2011 YouTube hit reworking Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal and since then they just haven’t looked back. Their distinctive sound and high-energy performance has made them an international sensation. Fearlessly playing with true virtuosity, they know no limits when performing live.
Friday 13 July - 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.
Saturday 14 July - Boyzone
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 ephemeral world of pop. 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.
Sunday 15 July -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 and, once again,
he will be joined by regular guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.