reviews... - June 19, 2015 reviews... The Strokes @ British Summer Time 2015
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. reviews... The Strokes @ British Summer Time 2015

The Strokes kicked off British Summer Time last night (June 18th) with a stellar set, here's our full review. 



The Strokes. New York's finest, playing their first London show in five years. 



Hyde Park, the garden in the middle of London. 


Any good supports?

Beck opened up for the band and delivered an incredible set. It was a proper career-spanning job with the likes 'Loser', 'Devil's Haircut' and especially 'E-Pro' going down superbly. 


Was it full? And how were the crowd?

It was pretty full, not absolutely full, but still people as far as the eye could see. The crowd were on top form, going crazy from beginning to end. 

So what was the set like? What did they play?

This was a ticket straight to the heart of Hitsville. Seven songs from the still unsurpassed Is This It and all their big singles. Kicking off with a volley of 'Is This It' and 'Barely Legal', they worked their way through fan favourites like 'Heart In A Cage' and 'Machu Picchu', deeper cuts like 'One Way Trigger' and 'Wecome To Japan' and, of course, early singles like 'Someday' and 'Hard To Explain'. It was incredible. 


Any good between song banter?

Julian Casablancas, who was sporting an excellent mullet, said hello and thank you a few times, but nothing much beyond that. 


Did they put on much of a show?

Part of The Strokes' appeal and charm is that they've never gone in for any theatrics or airs and graces, they just stand there and play, which is exactly what they did last night.  


What was the highlight of the set?

There were lots and lots of them, but 'Someday' sounded particularly incredible. 


Where can I catch them next?

Unless you're planning a trip to Washington in September or Berlin in October, then probably not for quite some time. 


British Summer Time continues over the weekend with Blur and Kylie Minogue headlining. Click here for our full preview. 

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