British Summer Time

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The annual mega-gig series returns to Hyde Park, with headliners including Blur, The Who, Taylor Swift and Kylie Minogue

Taylor Swift, Blur, The Strokes, The Who, Kylie, Grace Jones, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding, Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs, Beck, Future Islands, The Horrors, Metronomy + more.

For the third year running Hyde Park plays host to some of the planet’s biggest musical stars, with an upmarket festival vibe that takes in small stages, theatre and comedy, food and drink and a posh VIP area.

The first weekend kicks off with NYC indie heroes The Strokes, followed by the return of Britpop maestros Blur (with a top support bill including Metronomy and The Horrors) then antipodean pop queen Kylie with support from whip-cracking rhythm-slave Grace Jones and disco treasures Chic.

After a mid-week run where comedians – Jim JefferiesRich Hall, and Ed Byrne plus support – take over the festival, it’s back to rock on the following Friday. Fight your way through the Fred Perry-wearing hordes to see modfathers The Who headline over modfather (part two) Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr. The next night it's the turn of US pop sensation Taylor Swift to headline, before a family day with Union J rounds off BST in kid-friendly style.

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leia O

Very excited to apply to the offer for the Family Day event at Hyde Park. My six year old daughter was especially looking forward to meeting Justin and having the opportunity to get up close with CBeebies characters. Unfortunately, we weren't told that on arrival we would need to go to the box office to exchange the vouchers for tickets which meant a long trek round the park from our point of arrival and that then we would have to traipse right back to enter from the North gate - this took a long time and we were all exhausted before even entering the event ground. Once in and child identity bracelets on we started wandering around only to find the grounds covered mostly in fair attractions which were costly for the children to ride on. Then the rain (having been forecast as light lunchtime showers) started pouring heavily there was no shelter which forced the buying of more costly rain ponchos - £4 for a piece of plastic with a hood! After a mere half an hour we decided to leave having felt cheated and taken advantage of. Even staff working at one of the food counters were shocked at how much a lot of the other retailers were charging and the giant open air screening of 'Frozen' under the pouring rain only made my daughter want to be at home watching a different movie in comfort, warm and dry. Another exhausting journey home on the underground carrying the pushchair up and down stairs and finally grandma's house was the ultimate prize for a relaxing environment with a roof overhead and good food on the table and free toys for the kids. Hyde park family day? Never again. A literal wash-out on every level. Minus 3 stars.

Mum of two, Camberwell.