Barclaycard presents British
Summer Time Hyde Park:- 'Saturday, 8 July 2017'
by Mark Kaye and Jo
LONDON might not be Merseyside, but
this event brings crowds from all over the world, not just from London, so we
though we should take a look again at this event to what was on offer this year.
British Summer Time (BST), is 1 of the biggest
music events in the UK, who have been nominated for 5 Festival Awards, and
rightfully attract the biggest names to London's Hyde Park. This year's event
was no exception, despite all the resent security issues.
This unbeatable live music event saw 65,000
people gathered in Hyde Park to catch the festival's fastest selling show since
'The Rolling Stones,' in 2013, on Saturday, 8 July 2017 and we had
the honour of attending. The show line up offered a glistening indie rock line
up, such as:- The Killers, Prince Harry, Rosamund Pike, Downton Abbey's Joanne
Froggatt, Dermot O'Leary, Louise Redknapp, Alan Carr, Jimmy Carr and Gail
In fact the almighty rock stars The Killers
headlined the 5th sold out show, channelling their megawatt energy to the crowd
through an electrifying anthems filled set. This was the bands 1st performance
in the capital since 2013.
Walking on stage to a blast of pink confetti,
The Killers - 1 of the biggest rock bands of the 21st Century, selling over 22
million records worldwide; with their Charismatic front man Brandon Flowers
called out to the adoring crowd:- "Can you believe its been four years? We
need to be reacquainted with each other."
The band opened with their newest single
'The Man' - a taste of what's to come from their forthcoming fifth
studio album Wonderful Wonderful. Swiftly showing that they are taking no
prisoners, the Las Vegas rockers then took everyone back to 'Somebody Told
Me' the mammoth hit that put them on the world map 13 years ago.
In a performance that is sure to be acclaimed
as the band's finest yet, The Killers led a sea of waving arms and screaming
fans to powerhouse renditions of their mega hits like:- 'Smile Like You
Mean It', 'When You Were Young' and a stripped back version of
'Human' before closing with the super smash:- 'Mr Brightside'
and a flurry of fireworks.
The set list was also sprinkled with treats
for loyal fans, including a performance of 'This River Is Wild,'
an album track from their 2nd album 'Sam's Town,' which celebrated
its 10 year Anniversary, in October 2016, and 'Shadowplay', a Joy
Division cover from their b-sides and rarities album 'Sawdust.'
Critically lauded Mancunian band Elbow led the
crowd through their airborne hits, perfectly matching the cool change that swept
through Hyde Park after sweltering summer's day.
The band; who were accompanied by 2 violinists
on stage; soared on:- '1 Day Like This' with singer Guy Garvey
leading the crowd through a tender sing along of their 'Ivor Novello' winning
hit. Guy appeared to be living for every minute, excitedly leading the masses
into what he dubbed a 'reverse Mexican wave.' "It's a beautiful ripple of
love.." he said beaming with pride.
The set also mixed big numbers like
'Grounds For Divorce' with freshly cut singles 'Magnificent (She
Says)' and 'All Disco' from their latest album,
'Little Fictions,' which topped the UK charts earlier this year. The
band also thrilled fans with performances of tracks from previous hit albums
like 'Lippy Kids' (from 'Build A Rocket Boys!') and
'The Birds' (from 'The Take Off' and 'Landing
Unquestionably 1 of the most eagerly
anticipated performances of this year's line up, 'Tears For Fears'
made their glorious comeback, playing all the hits in London for the 1st time in
12 years. The legendary pop band walked out on stage to Lorde's rendition of
'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' before launching into performing the
classic hit themselves. New Zealand singer Lorde covered their song for
'The Hunger Games Catching Fire' original soundtrack in 2013.
"The last time we played in London, it
was 2005," Rolan Orzabal reminisces. "This is a wake up call.
'Wake up,' 'Tears For Fears' because England quite likes you."
The band wasted no time taking the crowd down
memory lane with their timeless singles, leading a mass sing along to:-
'Mad World', 'Change', 'Head Over Heels' and an unexpected cover of
Radiohead's 90's anthem 'Creep', before closing with the show
stopping 'Shout' much to the delight of thousands of screaming
Elsewhere, Californian indie rockers 'Cold War
Kids' treated fans to a killer set befitting of a glorious summer day in London,
featuring:- '1st,' 'Something Is Not Right With Me,' 'Hang Me Up To Dry'
and 'Love Is Mystical' a single from their latest album
Earlier in the day, sharp suited Irish
youngsters The Strypes kicked off the action on the Great Oak Stage, followed
closely by Twickenham indie rockers Mystery Jets who performed best loved
numbers from their 12 year long career including:- 'Someone Purer'
Blaine Harrison, lead vocalist of Mystery
Jets, rocked up in a classic George Michael style 'Choose Love'
top. He said:- "It's London Pride today and I'm so thankful you are
spending this day with us" before dedicating 'Young Love'
to the crowd.
Fans flocked to the Barclaycard Stage to catch
top notch sets from a string of performers including:- London trio 'White
Lies' and Brighton band 'British Sea Power.' Meanwhile
over on the Summer Stage, crowds pouring in for 'The Killers'
caught performances by:- 'Clean Cut Kid,' 'Callum Beattie,' and
As the Barclaycard presents British Summer
Time (BST) is 1 of the UK's leading festivals and seen as a bench mark for
others to try to reach, so with many of the UK's top music events on Merseyside,
we would love to know what works at BST that could be used here on Merseyside.
Also what do we do best, that could be done in London. If you have any thoughts
on this please do email us to:-
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