Take That announced as first headliners for 2016 British Summer Time shows at London’s Hyde Park

Hyde Park has played host to the likes of Taylor Swift, Blur, The Strokes and more in recent years

Take That have been announced as the first headliners for next year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time series of shows at London’s Hyde Park.

The pop trio – comprising Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald – will play the outdoor venue on July 9, 2016, following on from Hyde Park gigs from the likes of Taylor Swift, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Libertines, Blur, The Strokes and more in recent years.

Responding to the news, the band said in a statement: “If someone would have told us in 1991, ‘Hey guys in 24 years you’re going to be playing at one of the most famous parks in the world’, we probably wouldn’t have believed whoever said it.”

“We are thrilled to have been invited to headline Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. The atmosphere will be amazing, I know that between us and the audience, there’s going to be an incredible energy.”

“Take That are the biggest live band in the UK,” says James King, Senior Vice President, AEG Live. “To have them bring their amazing, full live experience to Hyde Park is a great honour for us. Their production is simply the best that there is. This will undoubtedly be the show of summer 2016 and impossible to miss.”

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Take That recently embarked on their first tour as a trio, including 10 dates at the O2 Arena in London.

Former member Jason Orange parted ways with the group in 2014, while Robbie Williams left for the second time in 2011.