Pearl Jam announced it would be performing two shows at London’s BST Hyde Park festival in July of 2021, adding an additional date to their postponed show that was to have taken place at the 2020 event. The band will play on Friday, July 9 with the Pixies serving as supporting act and Saturday, July 10 with the Idles joining.
“British Summer Time 2021 will be a huge and eagerly awaited celebration for the nation,” reads a post on the event website announcing the headliners. “BST Hyde Park has been at the centre of London’s summer since 2013, bringing the world’s biggest artists to the greatest outdoor venue in the world over two weekends with a host of free activities in between. And we cannot wait to welcome everyone back.”
Fans who had purchased tickets to Pearl Jam’s planned 2020 BST performance will be guaranteed tickets to the 2021 event if they wish to purchase them during a presale opportunity, and will have priority access to a two-day ticket option. Presale for Ten Club members begins on October 6, with an artist presale beginning on October 7. Fans looking to repurchase their tickets from the 2020 show will have the opportunity to do so on October 8, while the general public has to wait until October 10 for their opportunity to purchase.
Other performers for BST Hyde Park 2021 have not yet been announced. Traditionally, the festival runs on consecutive weekends over the summer, with four days of free programming at the site during the week between the ticketed weekend headlining acts. The 2020 edition was planned with Post Malone, Little Mix, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and Duran Duran headlining the show alongside Pearl Jam.
No mention has been made on the event website or Pearl Jam announcement of plans for capacity limitations or social distancing at the venue. The lone indication of any potential plans is mentioned on the AXS ticketing page, which says “Please note that there may be additional measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and guests in relation to COVID-19 which may vary according to health and safety and government advice at the time of the event.”
Ticket prices have not yet been announced, but it appears that there are numerous tiers available beyond the simple “general admission” pass that allow for early access or permission for certain areas of the sprawling park venue.