Black Sabbath to top Hyde Park bill

Veteran rockers Black Sabbath are to top the bill at an outdoor show at London's Hyde Park this summer.

Black Sabbath will headline at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park
Black Sabbath will headline at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park

They are the latest headline act to be announced for the British Summer Time festival and will play the opening night of the event on July 4.

The band fronted by Ozzy Osbourne and featuring Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi made a major comeback last year with a number one album and sell-out tour.

Osbourne said that when he first went to London he was impoverished and "spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave".

He continued: "Returning almost 50 years on we are doing a bit better for ourselves, so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park - the most beautiful park in London - that has opened its gates to so many legends in the past. We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the royals will enjoy it."

Support acts include Soundgarden and Faith No More.

Other headliners for the event, staged from July 4 to 13, which have already been announced include Neil Young and McBusted.

Tickets go on sale generally from Friday at 9am, although there are some pre-sale tickets available from tomorrow, with further details at bst-hydepark.com.

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