Kew The Music

The decline of the compact disc seems to have ushered in a golden age of live music.   Bands have reformed, facilities have improved, and those of who can no longer describe ourselves as ‘young’ can enjoy live music in slightly more sedate (and stylish) venues … without fear of getting beaten up in the mosh pit.

And so that neatly takes us on to one of the Borough’s great annual music events.  Kew The Music is back this summer with five great nights of entertainment from July 16th to 20th.

This year (it’s fifth) sees the stage move to the front of the Orangery and Kew Palace due to renovation work on the Temperate House. If you’ve never been before it’s an extremely enjoyable, friendly and relaxed event – filled with smiling folk eating posh picnics.

This year’s line up is top drawer, including Elvis Costello, Björn Again, Jools Holland, Simple Minds and Bill Bailey, along with a host of other supporting artists and bands.

Elvis Costello – July 16th
Described as “The most evocative, innovative, and gifted songwriter since Bob Dylan, with songs that offer highly personal takes on love and politics”, Elvis Costello brings his solo show to Kew… drawing upon 35 years of his back catalogue. Supported by MacManus Brothers


Bjorn Again

Björn Again – July 17th
Surely everyone loves Bjorn Again. We first saw them back in 1991 which turns out to be 23 years ago and have loved them ever since. Always great fun. Who doesnt love to sing along to their classics?

Jools Holland – July 18th
Jools always puts on a good show at Kew. You can just feel his love of music. This year he has announced special guests Melanie C and Marc Almond plus guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.  Supported by Nell Bryden

Simple Minds – July 19th
Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill bring their unique brand of anthemic art rock and electro-dance rhythms to the Saturday night show. A double set of classics from their latest line up is sure to be a fun night out. Don’t You Forget About Me, Glittering Prize, Alive and Kicking…


Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey – July 20th
Surely one of the funniest British stand-ups, Bill Bailey’s show is full of music, comedy and general weirdness. Should be perfect at Kew!


For all the info you need including tickets, visit Kew Gardens’ official Kew The Music page.

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