Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 is proud to announce The Cure as our next headliner. An exclusive European concert for 2018, the band have chosen BST Hyde Park to celebrate their 40th anniversary at a very special show.
Formed in 1976 at school by a teenage Robert Smith in Crawley, Sussex, The Cure is one of Britain’s most influential and distinctive bands. They have helped shape the post punk musical landscape in the UK, bringing alternative rock to charts around the world. With more than 30 million combined sales of 13 studio albums and more than 40 singles, the band are both commercially and critically acclaimed.
At first called Easy Cure, they switched their name, played their first show and released their first single in 1978 as The Cure. Around 1,500 concerts later, 40 years of essential music making is a cause for great celebration at BST Hyde Park.
A reputation for melancholy, based on albums such as Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers, is belied by a remarkable catalogue of singles. Starting with ‘A Forest’ in 1980, the band has produced an astonishingly varied succession of pop hits, including among many others ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, ‘The Lovecats’, ‘Inbetween Days’ ‘Close To Me’, ‘Just Like Heaven’, ‘Lullaby’, ‘Lovesong’ and ‘Friday I’m In Love’.
The Cure has been credited as a seminal influence on whole musical genres, from post-punk to alternative rock, from gothic rock to emo, and the list of bands they have inspired is wide-ranging and far-reaching. Many of these bands will be joining Robert Smith (voice and guitars), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O’Donnell (Keyboards) and Reeves Gabrels (guitars) for the celebrations on July 7.
Interpol will be special guests at the show. The New Yorker’s blend of alternative rock and indie comes with a heavy dose of 80’s post-punk tinged darkness. The band have been celebrating this year, playing debut album ‘Turn On the Bright Lights’ in full at gigs to mark its 15th anniversary. They also revealed new music for their next album due out in 2018.
The Cure will also be joined by fellow Brits Goldfrapp, the electro pop duo who have racked up five top ten albums since the early noughties, including ‘Ooh La La’, ‘Lovely Head’ and ‘A&E’.
With two platinum studio albums and several million combined sales of their five records to date, Editors have enjoyed chart and live success with dark indie guitar rock. The group has performed on some of the biggest stages across the world, from Glastonbury to Rock Werchter.
Ride made musical headlines this year when they released their first new material in 21 years with a brand new album ‘Weather Diaries’ charting in the UK Top 20. Via their sound and success, Ride paved the way for Britpop and were the first breakthrough for Alan McGee’s Creation Records, which subsequently spawned Primal Scream and Oasis.
Slowdive are honoured to join the bill, having previously cited The Cure as one of their influences when they formed in the late 1980s. Slowdive reunited in 2014 and received a huge welcome for their return shows, resulting in a new album this year. Slowdive is their first in 22 years and a reminder of their own influence over a generation of artists.
Scottish trio The Twilight Sad was support band for all 76 dates on The Cure’s World Tour 2016. Robert Smith has long been a fan and supporter of the band, covering their song ‘There’s A Girl In The Corner’ for a 7-inch charity single release.
Added to the bill for Saturday 7th July is Irish indie-folk artist Lisa Hannigan, a Mercury Prize nominee who achieved critical success with her 2016 album ‘At Swim’, and English goth-poppers Pale Waves, who recently scooped the NME Under The Radar Award 2018 and have since gone on to dominate headlines across the country.
Also joining the day is experimental rock trio This Will Destroy You and Scottish singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph.