Since its inception on 2013, London’s British Summer Time has been a consistent highlight of the UK festival season, bringing an annual mix of music’s most iconic legends such as The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Who, as well as a host of modern superstars like Taylor Swift and Arcade Fire, to the heart of the nation’s capital for two huge weekends in July.
This 2017 run of shows is set to be no different, and the final line-up reveal of the year is perhaps the most unmissable bill of artists assembled for the festival to date, as Las Vegas indie rock royalty The Killers have been announced as headliners for the convert series’ penultimate night on Saturday 8th July.
A UK festival exclusive for 2017, The Killers evolved from humble beginnings as ‘America’s best British band’ – due to the distinctively anglophile style of their synth-soaked, post-punk revival debut ‘Hot Fuss’ and its ubiquitous hits ‘Mr. Brightside’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’ – before gradually finding their own signature, all-American sound to become the current torch-bearers of driving heartland rock, thanks to a whole catalogue of stadium-ready anthems such as ‘When You Were Young’ ‘Runaways’ and ‘A Dustland Fairytale’.
The band took a hiatus after completing the tour for 2012’s hit ‘Battle Born’ album, during which frontman Brandon Flowers released his critically lauded, new wave-influenced second solo record ‘The Desired Effect’ and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr stepped up to the mic once again for Big Talk’s raucous sophomore effort ‘Straight In No Kissin’.
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Now reunited and working on a new album – with material that has been described by band members as some of the ‘heaviest they’ve ever done’ – anticipation for their return is building rapidly, and The Killers themselves will no doubt be eager to prove why they’re the premier rock band of the current age by delivering just the kind of spellbinding, hit-heavy live set that has made them perennial festival headliners over the last decade.
Also announced sub-headliners for the massive event are Manchester Mercury Prize-winning stalwarts Elbow, who have captured the hearts and minds of generations of music fans in equal measure with their distinctive, poetic brand of arty, progressive-tinged indie. The critically acclaimed outfit released their seventh album ‘Little Fictions’ earlier this month, which was preceded by the stunning single ‘Magnificent’.
Despite celebrating their 20-year milestone in 2017, the band seem to only go from strength to strength, expanding their devoted fan-base with every new release and being regularly being tipped as future top-tier festival headliners in their own right.
The star-studded bill is also set to feature British synthpop veterans Tears for Fears, a global phenomenon will record sales of over 30 million over their 35 year career. With a string of classics such as ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’, ‘Shout’ and ‘Mad World’ under their belt , the duo played their first UK dates in over a decade last year, signalling something of a career renaissance for the pop rock outfit – and British Summer Time will continue the cementing of their status as influential new wave elder statesmen.
The rest of the line-up is still to be announced, with London’s own White Lies – the dark electronic rock favourites who released their fourth album ‘Friends’ back in October – being the only other act confirmed for the huge day-long event, meaning more surprises are still in store.
Possibly the most impressive gathering of artists in the history of a festival known for its huge display of talent, The Killers at British Summer Time is the chance to see one of the world’s most indispensable bands at the top of their game, supported by a formidable roster of supporting artists who could easily lay claim to the top spot in their own right.
Whatever your gig calendar looks like this summer, this is definitely not one to miss.