Band headline first night of annual British Summer Time event in the capital
Arcade Fire have headlined Hyde Park (July 3), making light of the complaints from local residents about the concerts which take place at the central London location every summer (July 3).
Arriving on stage at 8:30pm, the Canadian band played a slightly different set to that which they played when they headlined Glastonbury almost a week ago. Instead of ‘Reflektor’ the band opened their set with ‘Normal Person’, ‘Rebellion (Lies)’ and ‘Joan Of Arc’.
Referencing the hot weather in the capital, frontman Win Butler told the audience that it was “easy to fall in love with London on a day like this.” He did not, however, say anything about the fact that a number of people at the British Summer Time festival concert had paid just £2.50 to be there. Earlier in the evening there were performances by Future Islands, Wild Beasts and Jake Bugg.
Later in the set Arcade Fire played both ‘Antichrist Television Blues’ and ‘Crown Of Love’, neither of which made the Glastonbury setlist. Shortly before playing the latter, Butler dedicated the song to “everyone who bought ‘Funeral’ when it came out”.
The Hyde Park gig represented Arcade Fire’s final scheduled appearance in Europe for 2014 and the band leaned heavily on their 2013 album ‘Reflektor’ during the show, including the album title track plus ‘Afterlife’ and ‘It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)’.
Prior to the encore, The Reflektors made an appearance with The Pope appearing in papier-mache form as the band danced to ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ by The Rolling Stones. Arcade Fire then returned to the stage to play a three-song encore consisting of ‘Here Comes The Night Time’, ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’ and finale, ‘Wake Up.’
Shortly before playing ‘Here Comes The Night Time’, Butler said “Shh, don’t wake the rich people up,” a clear reference to the local residents who complained about the British Summer Time concerts when they were announced earlier this year.
Arcade Fire played:
‘Joan Of Arc’
‘Ready To Start’
‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’
‘Crown Of Love’
‘Antichrist Television Blues’
‘No Cars Go’
‘It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)’
‘Here Comes The Night Time’
‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’