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The Rolling Stones announce Sam Fender and Phoebe Bridgers for BST shows

The gigs take place on 25 June and 10 July

By Sam Moore

Rolling Stones perform live
The Rolling Stones perform live (Picture: Alamy)

The Rolling Stones have announced their support acts for their BST Hyde Park shows this summer.

Joining the legendary rockers for their two concerts in London are a number of big names including Sam Fender and Phoebe Bridgers for the 25 June date.

The War on Drugs and Courtney Barnett will also be supporting the Stones on the later 3 July gig.

This summer’s gigs will mark the band’s 60th anniversary and their first UK shows without drummer Charlie Watts following his death last year.

He has been replaced by long-time Keith Richards associate Steve Jordan for all shows.

As well as the London dates, The Rolling Stones will also be performing in Liverpool for the first time in 50 years.

The band will be taking to the stage at Anfield on 9 June and will be supported by Liverpudlian band Echo and the Bunnymen.

Echo and the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch said about supporting the Stones: “I can’t explain how unbelievably happy and proud I am that my band Echo And The Bunnymen are going to be opening up for The Rolling Stones, THE Greatest Rock & Roll band in the history of time, at Anfield, the Shrine of Life and football.”

The Stones’ Sixty tour will also see them play across Europe starting on 1 June in Madrid before visiting the likes of Paris, Amsterdam and Munich.

The Rolling Stones have a storied history of playing Hyde Park. They performed there in 1969 in front of an estimated audience of 500,000 people.

They also played the BST Hyde Park in 2013.

Other headline acts for this year’s BST Hyde Park include Adele, Elton John, Pearl Jam, the Eagles and Duran Duran.

It was previously announced that Pearl Jam will be supported by the Stereophonics, the Pixies and Imelda May.

The Duran Duran show will also feature a special guest appearance from Nile Rodgers.