New York rock band The Strokes, kicked off the British Summer Festival in Hyde Park last Thursday, with the set being the first of the park’s 2015 summer shows.
Front man Julian Casablancas headed the bands first London show in five years, playing to a crowd of 60,000 which included the likes of Cara Delevigne, Arctic Monkeys rock star Alex Turner, Gwyneth Paltrow and a number of other famous faces.
The Strokes blasted out an 18 track set which included a variety of their most popular hits ‘Is This It’, ‘Reptilia’ and ‘Last Nite’, filling London’s finest park with an audience of nostalgic and contented fans. After waiting years for another performance, it was all fans really wanted to hear – old classics from the band’s first album. A three track encore finished the performance off with ‘Take It Or Leave It’.
Although there was no new material at the gig, according to NME, in a recent interview, the band revealed that they are working on new music following their last album ‘Comedown Machine’ in 2013.
Reviews from the event praise the band, stating that the cool Casablancas kept his unique voice on key throughout, remaining as suave as ever. The band was able to execute their raw American funk rock ‘n’ roll persona in continued style. The set concluded with wise words from Casablancas; “Be safe, but not too safe,” he told a satisfied audience.
Despite a demand from fans, on The Strokes official website, the band has dismissed any rumours that they may be appearing at Glastonbury Festival this week. They are set to play at the Landmark Music Festival in Washington at the end of September and at Austin City Limits Festival in Texas at the beginning of October but other than these two dates, no other performances or tours have been announced.
Other acts appearing in the series of Barclaycard Presents British Summertime shows include Taylor Swift and The Who this weekend. Although tickets for some of the events have now sold out, there is still some tickets available for Britain’s Biggest Family Event, Jim Jefferies and Ed Byrne.
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