The Cure celebrate their 40th anniversary with a epic performance to a sold out Hyde Park
Day two at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park saw The Cure celebrate their 40th anniversary with a epic performance to a sold out Hyde Park.
Robert Smith walked onto the stage, jokingly blocking the sunlight with his hands. “I honestly can’t talk until the sun goes down, it’s taking up all my energy not to dissolve into a pile of dust.”
Out came the sprinkling synths and shimmering guitar chords of “Plainsong” as The Cure burst into life, much to delight of the Great Oak Stage audience. Smith’s lush vocals filled the park with ease and they wasted no time leading into the other 1989 classic, “Pictures Of You”.
As the last rays of the evening sun shone down, the screens behind the stage quickly flicked over to display the sunset, right on cue, Smith and co exploded into their timeless track, “Push”, from the 1985 album The Head On The Door. Other hits included “Friday I’m In Love”, “Close To Me” and “Lovesong”.
“40 years ago this weekend was the first time we played as The Cure”, said Smith. “It was in The Rocket in Crawley. If you asked me what I’d be doing in 40 years’ time, I’d be wrong”.
The final five of the set, “Boys Don’t Cry”, “Jumping In Someone Else’s Train”, “Grinding Halt”, “10.15 Saturday Night” and “Killing An Arab” were all songs that the band performed in their set in 1979.
Despite the 30° heat, Interpol arrived on stage suited and booted, with guitarist Daniel Kessler even sporting a tie. Dark shades were kept on throughout as the band treated the crowd to fan-favourites as well as brand new single “The Rover”, from their forthcoming album. Closing with “Evil” and “Slow Hands” (the band’s most iconic songs) left a lasting impression on all.
Goldfrapp erupted onto the Great Oak Stage with a jubilant shoutout to the England football team, followed by the throbbing synths of “Anymore” – the lead single from their recent LP, Silver Eye. Their disco-tinted classic “Ooh La La” was the standout moment, as Alison Goldfrapp’s echoed vocals transformed Hyde Park into a sun drenched dancefloor.
Editors got the crowd moving as they powered through their extensive back catalogue, including “Blood” and “Formaldehyde” – with each guitar solo more colossal than the last.
It’s been quite the renaissance for shoegaze pioneers Slowdive, who since releasing their 2017 self-titled album (their first for 20+ years), have stunned audiences around the world with their live sets. Their performance in Hyde Park was packed with the fuzzy, distorted guitar riffs and luscious soundscapes that have become synonymous with the band’s name.
Opening the Great Oak Stage was BBC Sound of 2018 nominees Pale Waves, who drew in a huge crowd eager to catch one of the UK’s most hotly tipped bands. The 1975’s Matt Healy watched on as lead singer / guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie shimmied throughout, before breaking into “My Obsession”. “It’s such an honour and pleasure to be here – thanks for having us. And enjoy The Cure!”
The Barclaycard Stage was kicked off by the enigmatic Pumarosa, who blended an intriguing medley of electronica, drone and industrial rock. Also featuring was the instrumental sounds of This Will Destroy You, The Twilight Sad, who declared “let’s get miserable in the sunshine”, the alt-folk tones of Lisa Hannigan and headliners Ride – who walked out to New Order’s “World In Motion” before performing to a jam-packed audience.
The Summer Stage welcomed the likes of Swedish band PG Lost, Icelandic three-piece punk outfit Kaelan Mikla and the dulcet tones of singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph.
Tomorrow will see the legendary Eric Clapton closing the first weekend. Next weekend welcomes headliners Bruno Mars, Michael Bublé and Paul Simon.
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