It is a beautiful Summer evening in London’s Hyde Park. The British Summertime festival is where The Cure have chosen to perform their 40th anniversary gig, their only European outdoor date of 2018. Indeed, you feel quite honoured to be present tonight. The concert goers range from the youngest of children to the oldest of goths in full make-up,a very broad cross section of music lovers.
They kicked off a two and a half hour, 29 song set with 'Plainsong' with Robert Smith making jokes about the 29 plus degree heat and the goths melting into puddles. Smith put in a tremendous vocal performance, his voice not faltering despite the desert type conditions.
It’s very clear that even after 40 years the band enjoy every minute on stage and the crowd are very clearly appreciative of this. It’s only when you go to a gig like this you truly realize what a massive, strong back catalogue this band has. The band feeds off each other’s energy and it amazing to see what a close knit unit they are even after all this time. The band play a spread of their hits ranging from ‘Inbetween Days’, 'Lullaby' and the ever euphoric ‘Friday I’m in Love’. It’s hard to imagine the band ever doing anything else and let’s hope they never do for many years to come.
Pictures of You
A Night Like This
The End of the World
In Between Days
Just Like Heaven
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
Play for Today
Shake Dog Shake
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
Friday I’m in Love
Close to Me
Why Can’t I Be You?
Boys Don’t Cry
Jumping Someone Else’s Train (First time since 2011)
Grinding Halt (First time since 2011)
10:15 Saturday Night
Killing an Arab
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