Phil Collins will entertain Hyde Park next summer with the In The Air Tonight singer confirmed to headline the British Summertime festival. The news comes just weeks after the former Genesis frontman announced a European tour to mark his comeback after a brief retirement from music.
The 65-year-old will grace BST Hyde Park's main stage on Friday 30 June 2017 joining US rock band Green Day, who were previously announced to headline on 1 July. Fans have the chance to snap up pre-sale tickets from 9am on 8 November before the remainder go on general sale on Friday 11 November from 9am via Ticketmaster.
Longtime fans of Collins should prepare to take a trip down memory lane as the iconic musician has promised to perform a slew of his old classics.
Sharing his excitement for the upcoming performance, Collins said: "The reaction from the British public has been overwhelming. I can't wait to play Hyde Park and see everyone there. I will be playing all of the songs that people love."
Some of Collins' best-known hits include In The Air Tonight, Against All Odds, You'll Be In My Heart, Another Day In Paradise and Easy Lover.
Many are now speculating that British crooner could make an appearance at the Glastonbury festival in 2017, due to a gap in his tour schedule. Glastonbury will take place between 21 and 25 June leaving plenty of time between Collins' tour dates and the BST Hyde Park performance to headline Worthy Farm. However, it is unlikely that Collins will headline both Hyde Park and Glastonbury as the festivals are in direct competition, being so close together.
Collins has been in high-demand since announcing his return to music in October. Tickets for his European tour sold-out in just seconds forcing many fans to search on the secondary marketplace where some were selling for as much as £2,000. The singer will perform five nights at London's Royal Albert Hall in June before moving onto Cologne, Germany and Paris, France.
Addressing his short-lived retirement, which he announced in 2011, Collins said: "I thought I would retire quietly. But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It's time to do it all again and I'm excited. It just feels right."
Phil Collins 2017 European tour dates
4 June – Royal Albert Hall, London
5 June – Royal Albert Hall, London
7 June – Royal Albert Hall, London
8 June – Royal Albert Hall, London
9 June – Royal Albert Hall, London
11 June – LANXESS Arena, Cologne
12 June – LANXESS Arena, Cologne
18 June – Accor Hotels Arena, Paris
19 June – Paris Accor Hotels Arena, Paris
30 June – British Summertime Hyde Park, London