The Strokes played their first London show since June 2010 on June 18 last year, at Hyde Park’s British Summer Time festival. The set was a career-spanning affair, from 2001 debut ‘Is This It?’ to 2013’s ‘Comedown Machine’, and was watched by a huge crowd that included Alex Turner and Miles Kane, who were filmed dancing out front, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Chung, Cara Delevigne and members of Coldplay and Foo Fighters.
The Strokes headlined the bill in London’s Hyde Park which also featured Beck and Future Islands playing support sets. Taking to the main stage shortly before 9pm, frontman Julian Casablancas was sporting a red dye-job and a very fetching leather jacket.
It was only the fourth show The Strokes have played in 2015 so far, following a pair of festival performances in the US and a slot at Spain’s Primavera Sound last month. Albert Hammond Jr, dressed all in red, will release a new solo album ‘Momentary Masters’ in the UK on July 31.
As well as around 50,000 fans packed into the park in central London a number of huge names turned out to watch The Strokes including Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. The drummer remains in London as his bandmate Dave Grohl recovers from the leg fracture he sustained falling off a stage in Sweden last week.
The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, mid-set. The guitar he’s most-famous for playing, the Epiphone Rivera in this photo, was actually bought by bandmate Albert Hammond Jr when the band were first forming. “I loaned it to him, but I guess it’s his now,” Hammond Jr told NME in 2014.
Spanish newcomers Hinds were also on the festival bill – and had obviously paid a visit to the merch stand.
The Strokes in full swing at Hyde Park. It was their first gig in London since they played a secret show as Venison at Camden Dingwalls in June 2010. That show was their first show anywhere since October 2006.
The Strokes’ drummer Fab Moretti looking relaxed before going on stage.
Before launching into ‘Someday’, Casablancas joked, “Beck was going to come out for this next song but now he isn’t.” He then pretended to introduce Jamaican dancehall musician Shabba Ranks instead.
Kettering’s Temples, who headlined the Barclaycard Stage at the day festival.
Finally, Queen drummer Roger Taylor was also in attendance. Coldplay’s Chris Martin was also spotted watching The Strokes’ set from the sound tower.
Playing a different setlist to the one they recently performed at Primavera, The Strokes finished in London with an encore of ‘Juicebox’, ‘You Only Live Once’ and ‘Take It Or Leave It’.