SZA Teases Upcoming Third Album During A New Set At BST Hyde Park

SZA performs at BST Hyde Park wearing a vintage Dior set, announces a new album coming in September with visuals of her as a sexy bug in a video. The line-up of BST this year includes Stray Kids, NMIXX, Kings of Leon, Andrea Bocelli, Kylie Minogue

BST Hyde Park’s second day turned up the heat with the sensational SZA headlining the festival and giving fans a sneak peek of her highly anticipated third album. Dropping a teaser video where she morphs into a sexy grasshopper, SZA set the stage on fire, leaving everyone buzzing with excitement.

American Express presents BST Hyde Park continued its run with a bang, featuring the dazzling American R&B star SZA. The multi-award-winning artist turned Hyde Park into a lush, vibrant wonderland for her incredible set.

SZA's new backdrop and set

With a stunning backdrop of insects and trees, SZA arrived on a podium, surrounded by a troupe of dancers and brought hit after hit for the next 90 minutes, switching effortlessly between her five-time Grammy nominated album Ctrl, her incredibly rich and complex second record SOS and everything in between. At one point during the electric performance, SZA even sang while riding a giant ant, a peek into the new era perhaps?
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SZA gave the crowd everything; “Love Language,” “Broken Clocks,” “All the Stars,” “Drew Barrymore,” “F2F,” “Ghost in the Machine,” “Blind,” “Shirt,” her hit song with Doja Cat, “Kiss Me More,” a cover of Prince's "Kiss," “I Hate U,” “Snooze,” and “Kill Bill, whilst wielding a sword in homage to the Quentin Tarantino classic. There was room for some big announcements too, "New album, you ready?" she asked the crowd before teasing an unreleased song. As she concluded her spectacular set with “20 Something,” she told BST Hyde Park, “Today was my first day performing with the new set. You’re like my second home. I’ll always come back here. You’re the best crowd. I love you. Goodnight!”

We were lucky to have Gold Circle access to the concert which comes with separate no-queue entry, private bar and lots of seating area in the shade. The Gold Circle, is the area surrounding the stage on either side and is often the most sought after spot for those looking to be immersed into the musical experience.

Earlier on in the day, London independent legend Sampha graced the Great Oak Stage, showcasing his two enigmatic albums, 2017’s Mercury prize winning “Process” and last year’s acclaimed return “Lahai.” The 6 year break only enhanced his legend and the favoured collaborator of Kanye West, Drake, Solange, Beyoncé and Frank Ocean is reminding everyone of his own wondrous music.

Snoh Aalegra added her class to the lineup of soulful R&B. The Swedish/Iranian, Grammy nominated singer is a favourite for those in the know, an independent artist who writes songs that run the gamut of every stage of a relationship. From early favourites “Nothing Burns Like the Cold” feat Vince Staples, which samples Portishead, sampling Isaac Hayes, to the brutal but melodic spurn of a lover ‘Nothing To Me’ and torch vocal of “DYING 4 YOUR LOVE,” she has the audience wrapped in her stories from first minute to last.