Everything about Saturday 7th July felt surreal and magical. It was a beautiful London Pride, England had made it through to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years and London was in the grip of an unprecedented run of good weather.
During the day temperatures had soared to 31 degrees, something that Robert Smith, Cure frontman and ultimate Goth, referenced when he first spoke to the crowd, “I really can’t talk until the sun goes down,” he said. “It’s taking all my energy not to dissolve”.
The atmosphere in Hyde Park was electric, with a mixture of young and old fans equally ready to pay homage to one of the most consistently loved bands of all time.
Opening with full length renditions of ‘Plainsong’ and ‘Pictures of You’, the band then moved through a perfect set list of their biggest hits and rarer fan tracks such as ‘Burn’ from the film soundtrack of The Crow. The Cure took their time with their impressive back catalogue, enjoying the receptive crowd who cheered and sang at the opening chords of every track. It was a truly gratifying experience to see such a legendary act manage the difficult feat of keeping long-time devotees as well as fans of just their hits happy with one set list.
As the sun set they began the encore and we realised that there were still so many more of their iconic tracks left for them to treat us to such as, ‘Friday I’m In Love’, ‘Close To Me’, ‘Why Can’t I Be You’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.
The band were celebrating the fact that almost 40 years to the day they had played their first ever show at The Rocket in Crawley, London. They couldn’t believe that 40 years on they were performing to 65 thousand fans.
Finishing the set with 10:15 Saturday Night and Killing An Arab, all that was left was the endlessly modest and endearing Smith to say before leaving the stage, “It’s been a good first four decades, here’s to the next one. See you very soon.” After this performance, soon can’t come quick enough.