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American Express presents BST Hyde Park is delighted to announce that South Korean megastars Stray Kids will headline on London’s most iconic stage on Sunday 14 July. The globally loved K-pop group Stray Kids are set to captivate their UK fans with their highly-anticipated debut headline performance at London’s iconic Hyde Park for a UK exclusive show in 2024.​ Today the first special guests have been revealed: Maisie Peters, Alec Benjamin, NMIXX, and KIRE. Tickets on sale now, visit www.bst-hydepark.com

Rising pop singer-songwriter Maisie Peters has an innate gift for storytelling, crafting relatable, diary-entry songs, which have racked up over half a billion global streams. She spent years honing her craft in sessions across London, LA and Nashville, creating songs for her 2021 debut album You Signed Up For This, alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac, Fred again.. to name a few. With her knack for transforming everyday experiences into vividly written diary-style songs, You Signed Up For This was both Maisie’s coming of age story and a love letter to girlhood; penned with the wit, charm and quiet confidence that has seen her ascend from busking on the streets of Brighton, to selling out Wembley’s OVO Arena. Her second album, 2023’s The Good Witch, reached No.1 in the UK, making Peters the youngest solo British female artist in almost a decade to chart number one on the UK Albums Chart.

Having come a long way from the days of promoting his music in parking lots of concert venues, singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin ended 2021 by playing to sold-out crowds across North America. With him, Alec brought on the road an already impressive resumé having reached 4B+ global streams, 10M+ social media followers across his platforms, 70M+ in playlist reach, and 1B+ YouTube views on his channel. Following successes such as ‘Let Me Down Slowly’, ‘Water Fountain’, and ‘Oh My God’, the self-made storyteller looks to continue to prove himself as, what TIME called “a pop storyteller for the next generation.” Alec released his sophomore album (Un)Commentary in April 2022, with tracks such as ‘The Way You Felt’, ‘Older’, ‘Shadow Of Mine’, and ‘Speakers’ having a combined 100 million+ streams. Last month Alec dropped his most recent record, 12 Notes, including new songs such as ‘Sacrifice Tomorrow’, ‘Pick Me’, ‘In a Little’ and ‘By now’.

NMIXX is a South Korean girl group formed by SQU4D, a sub-label of JYP Entertainment. Consisting of LILY, HAEWON, SULLYOON, BAE, JIWOO and KYUJIN, NMIXX debuted in February 2022 with AD MARE that featured the title track ‘O.O’. Their debut introduced a new genre called MIXX POP, packed with the confidence and ambition of a new group ready to take on the world. The music video for ‘O.O’ surpassed 20 million views in the first 24 hours of its release, and AD MARE sold over 220K copies in the first week, the highest debut album sales recorded by a girl group ever in K-pop history. Their second single album Entwurf followed, before releasing their first official EP Expérgo in 2023, before touring across the US and Asia. A third single album, A Midsummer Nmixx’s Dream, arrived, with their sophomore EP Fe3O4: Break  coming out earlier this year. The name NMIXX combines the letter “N”, which stands for “now”, “new”, “next” and the unknown “n”, and the word “mix”, which symbolises combination and diversity, altogether meaning “the best combination for a new era”.

Evolving from a member of the popular hip-hop idol band BOI!, KIRE is a multifaceted artist and music producer. Before venturing into his solo career, KIRE dedicated himself to honing his craft by writing and producing for a diverse range of esteemed artists, and then in 2020 took a bold step forward by unveiling his debut single, ‘Beautiful’, which quickly gained widespread acclaim, accumulating over 5.5 million streams on Spotify within just two years. His talent not only resonated with audiences in Taiwan but also found a global following. In 2024, KIRE embarked on a new venture by launching his own brand, ‘The Kid Who Flew’. Drawing inspiration from his personal journey, he aims to forge meaningful connections with others who resonate with his story. Through ‘The Kid Who Flew’, KIRE seeks to inspire and unite a community that embraces the spirit of boundless creativity and the pursuit of dreams.

South Korean boyband Stray Kids were formed by JYP Entertainment through the 2017 reality show of the same name, and are composed of eight members: Bang Chan, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, and I.N. They released their debut EP Mixtape in 2018, planting them at the top of the Korean charts, and as they climbed the charts around the world, the group scored a pair of No.1s in South Korea for 2020’s GO LIVE and its repackaged version IN LIFE. The group’s second full-length studio album Noeasy arrived in August 2021 – buoyed by the singles ‘Thunderous,’ ‘Wolfgang’, and ‘Mixtape: Oh’, they topped the South Korean album charts again, and reached No.5 on Billboard’s World Albums chart.

There has been no slowing down since then. In the years that followed Stray Kids have secured four number 1 spots on the Billboard 200, and in 2023 picked up an MTV Video Music Award for ‘Best K-Pop’; as well as a Billboard Music Award for Top K-Pop Album for their latest record 5-Star.

Sharing the 2024 edition of their annual ‘Step Out’ video series earlier this year, which saw them look back at what they achieved in 2023 and outline their plans for the year ahead, Stray Kids teased the release of two new albums in 2024 and also hinted at embarking on a massive world tour. Last month they released their new single ‘Lose My Breath’ with Charlie Puth.

Performing a blend of big bass, electronic dance music, rap and R&B-inspired vocals, fans can expect Stray Kids to deliver an electrifying full live set, showcasing all their chart-topping biggest hits on the iconic Great Oak Stage.​ They will be curating a day of incredible music, inviting some of today’s top artists to join in crafting an unforgettable experience.

Jim King, CEO of European Festivals at AEG Presents, says, “We’re so excited to welcome international superstars Stray Kids to BST Hyde Park in July for the first time! We’re honoured to bring Stray Kids to the stage in 2024, as this genre only continues to grow from strength to strength.”

The lineup for American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2024 is set to be truly spectacular, with headliners SZA (29 June), Kings of Leon (30 June), Morgan Wallen (4 July), Andrea Bocelli (5 July), Robbie Williams (6 July), Shania Twain (7 July), Stevie Nicks (12 July), Kylie (13 July) and Stray Kids (14 July), with the full line up for each day to be announced, and All Things Orchestral on 28 June.

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