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The Cure, Interpol, Goldfrapp, Editors, Ride, Slowdive, The Twilight Sad
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 is proud to announce The Cure as our next headliner. An exclusive European concert for 2018, the band have chosen BST Hyde Park to celebrate their 40th anniversary at a very special show.
At first called Easy Cure, they switched their name, played their first show and released their first single in 1978 as The Cure. Around 1,500 concerts later, 40 years of essential music making is a cause for great celebration at BST Hyde Park.
Starting with ‘A Forest’ in 1980, the band has produced an astonishingly varied succession of pop hits, including among many others ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, ‘The Lovecats’, ‘Inbetween Days’ ‘Close To Me’, ‘Just Like Heaven’, ‘Lullaby’, ‘Lovesong’ and ‘Friday I’m In Love’. The Cure has been credited as a seminal influence on whole musical genres, from post-punk to alternative rock, from gothic rock to emo, and the list of bands they have inspired is wide-ranging and far-reaching.
They will be joined by incredible special guests Interpol, Goldfrapp, Editors, Ride, Slowdive, The Twilight Sad & many more to be announced!
The etheral wailings of Robert Smith set amongst layer upon layer of dark, melancholic guitars, edgey atmospherics and occasional pop wanderings all make up the unmistakable ingredients of The Cure. Whether they're wandering down Fascination Street or in love on a Friday, The Cure remain unmissable.
The Cure tour dates
American alt-rock band Interpol, whose critically acclaimed debut album Turn On The Bright Lights propelled them to international fame. Subsequent albums Antics, Our Love To Admire, the eponymous Interpol and El Pintor, confirmed the band's initial success and turned them into a commercial and critical success. Expect choppy post-punk with hints of Pixies, Modest Mouse and Joy Division.
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Since vocalist Alison Goldfrapp teamed up synth wizard Will Gregory in 1999, the two forces have produced a string of critically-acclaimed albums, from the ambient and epic 2000 debut 'Felt Mountain' right up to 2017's 'Silver Eye'. With a catalogue of memorable electro-pop hits like 'Strict Machine' and 'Ooh La La' to the more downbeat numbers like 'A&E', Goldfrapp's brand of dirty growling synths and electro-folk combined with Alison's stunning vocals and costumes have always ensured an atmospheric and glamorous live performance.
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This Birmingham-based quartet have enjoyed a rapid rise to success since they met at college in Staffordshire in 2003. An intense sound influenced by iconic bands such as Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen and Interpol, their success story began when their 2005 debut album 'The Back Room' reached no. 2 in the UK, selling over half a million copies. Meanwhile 2007's 'An End Has A Start' and 2009's 'In This Light And On This Evening' both reached the no.1 position, while 2013's 'The Weight Of Your Love' and 2015's 'In Dream' also hit the top ten. No mean feat for a band still considered to be 'alternative'. The band return in 2018 with 6th album 'Violence'.
Editors tour dates
Oxford shoegaze legends Ride broke up in 1996, after a career that saw them release four critically acclaimed albums through Alan McGee's lauded Creation label. Their classic single, Vapour Trail, still regularly receives airplay on BBC 6Music and American campus radio, while Pitchfolk placed it in their Top 200 tracks of the 90s. Lead singer Mark Gardener pursued a solo career while guitarist Andy Bell went on to form Hurricane #1, played bass for Oasis and guitarist with Beady Eye.
In 2014, Ride announced that they had reunited and booked a month-long world tour for the following year, including an appearance at the Primavera Sound Festival. The band also returned to the studio and Weather Diaries, their first album in 21 years, was released in 2017, and more live shows were booked in.
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Late 80s/early 90s Shoegaze outfit Slowdive were darlings of the NME and were signed to the legendary Creation label, back in the days when Indie really was Indie! Releasing three albums and a string of EPs between '91-'95, they were more productive in that short period than My Bloody Valentine have been in their entire career!
After a gap of 19 years since their last live performance, Slowdive returned for live shows and hopes of recording new material. Talking about the influence of the band and the shoegaze resurgence in recent years, Slowdive's Rachel Goswell says: 'The fact that the music we made still stands up today and is influencing new bands says a lot and that makes me feel very proud of what we did. There seems to be a lot of love out there for Slowdive, which is nice'.
Slowdive tour dates
Reclusiveness setting in after just two gigs, Glasgow's The Twilight Sad stayed in the dark until 2005, writing and recording extended pieces of music using any variety of instruments and anything else that would make a sound. An intense, intricate and overpowering sound has since made its way south into England with their signing to Fat Cat records. The Twilight Sad comprises James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane, (guitar/accordion/noise) and Mark Devine (drums). Live, they introduce Johnny Doc and Martin Doherty to the line-up.
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