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Jul 7, 2018

Day 1 - Roger Waters Round Up!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park kicked off the sixth edition of the festival with an exceptional line up of music from start to finish, accompanied by the glorious British sunshine!

Check out the full day 1 gallery here.

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Headlining the first day was Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, bringing his revered ‘Us + Them’ tour to a sold-out Hyde Park. What followed was an epic 21 track performance spanning many Pink Floyd albums with classics such as “Breathe”, “Us & Them”, “Time” and “Wish You Were Here” –  resulting in a deafening cheer of approval from the audience, as well as several tracks from Waters’ solo record Is This The Life We Really Want. Also amking an appearance was an inflatable pig parading through the crowd, Battersea Power Station chimneys extending above the Great Oak stage, and ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ prism created from lasers. The show ended with The Wall classic “Comfortably Numb” and a firework display. 

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The excitement for Waters was fuelled by Richard Ashcroft’s vintage performance taking place beforehand - featuring hits such as “Break The Night With Colour” from his 2006 album Keys To The World, and “This Is How It Feels”from 2016’s These People. The former Verve frontman, sporting an impressive mirrorball jacket, offered a timely reminder of why he remains one of Manchester’s finest musical exports, and his sun-kissed closing rendition of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” will go down as one of the opening day’s most iconic moments.

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Before Ashcroft was everybody’s favourite bearded blues singer, Seasick Steve - the opening act on the Great Oak Stage. Steve delivered a crowd pleasing set with hits such as ‘Barracuda ‘68’ and ‘Summertime Boy’, even offering a glimpse into his anticipated forthcoming album. 

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In between swigs of wine, Steve charmed the audience, also emphatically thanking the UK for helping his career. “The people in the UK gave me this beautiful job. I’ll never forget that and I’ll always be grateful.” Opening the Barclaycard Stage was London-based band ALLTHINGSMATA, treating the early festival goers with a headstrong rock-tinted set. Also performing was singer-songwriter Robert Vincent, rockers Slydigs and the all-conquering Squeeze - who commanded the packed crowd with their iconic back catalogue of songs.

The aptly named Summer Stage welcomed a host of talent, from the genre-hopping CC Smugglers to Colin Macleod – who treated the packed crowd to a number of tracks off his well-received debut album Bloodlines.

Photos by Pooneh Ghana and Tom Hancock.

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