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Jul 8, 2018

Day 2 - The Cure Round Up!

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!

See the day two gallery here.

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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.

Despite the searing heat, out came the sprinkling synths and gorgeous guitar chords of “Plainsong” as The Cure burst into life, much to delight of the Great Oak Stage audience. Robert Smith’s lush vocals filled the park with grace and ease and they wasted no time leading into the other 1989 classic, “Pictures Of You”.

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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”.

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As if to celebrate the 40th year performing as The Cure, 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.

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Interpol arrived on the Great Oak Stage suited, booted and donning dark sunglasses, with guitarist Daniel Kessler even sporting a tie. The band treated the crowd to fan-favourites as well as their brand new single “The Rover” - closing with “Evil” and “Slow Hands” the band’s most iconic songs.

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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 greadily lapped up by the crowd, as Alison Goldfrapp’s echoed vocals transformed Hyde Park into a sun-drenched dancefloor.

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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.

Slowdive's set, their first performance for 20+ years, was packed with fuzzy, distorted guitar riffs and scintilating 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”. 

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, 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.

Photos by Pooneh Ghana, Rory James and Tom Hancock.

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