British Summer Time have announced that they’ll be showing the England vs Croatia World Cup semi-final match on Wednesday at Hyde Park – and The Lightning Seeds will also give a special live performance at the screening to mark the occasion.
Having already seen acclaimed performances from The Cure, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton among others, London’s iconic Hyde Park will now fall into the grip of World Cup fever by making tickets to a huge showing of the match available via ballot.
This comes after Wireless Festival screened Saturday’s England vs Sweden match to 45,000 people on the main stage last weekend.
“We are thrilled to share the news that the Mayor of London and Secretary of State have officially announced a huge public screening of Croatia v England at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park,” said the festival in a statement.
“This coming Wednesday marks England’s first World Cup semi-final since 1990 and City Hall and the Government have worked together to help fans follow the team’s journey with an outdoor screening. The game in Moscow will be screened at 7pm on our enormous Great Oak Stage and will mark the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996!”
They added: “Up to 30,000 tickets will be available for the screening and all tickets are FREE. The tickets will be allocated to fans via our official ticket ballot and registration for the ballot will start at 4pm today (July 9) and will run until midnight tonight. You will be able to link to the ballot from this page once the ballot is live.”
“Please note that fans are strongly advised to only attend Hyde Park if they have a ticket, as there will be no admission to anyone without a ticket. There will be no walk-ups or tickets available on the door.”
Loaaads of you have registered for the Croatia v England ballot! If you've received an email, you are officially registered and entered. Your applications are getting through to us so please don't worry.. but if you're not yet registered, keep trying via: https://t.co/rmYIkmHtY2
— BST Hyde Park (@BSTHydePark) July 9, 2018
It has been announced this evening (July 9) that The Lightning Seeds – who co-wrote the England football anthem ‘Three Lions’, which has become the soundtrack to the current team’s success this summer – will also perform before the screening of the big game.
We are very excited to announce that we will be performing in Hyde Park @BSTHydePark this Wednesday before the live screening of Croatia vs England #itscominghome #westillbelieve ????⚽️ pic.twitter.com/CKI56n4mDo
— Lightning Seeds (@Lightning_Seeds) July 9, 2018
There’s no word yet on whether Baddiel & Skinner will join the band on stage to perform ‘Three Lions’, however.
Remaining shows at Hyde Park at British Summer time include Michael Buble, Bruno Mars and Paul Simon. Visit here for stage times, support acts and more information.