While Florence + the Machine may have ended their 18-month world tour with a triumphant bang at London’s Hyde Park over the weekend at the British Summer Time event, arguably her biggest challenge on Saturday night came in following what – or rather who – had gone on before her.
But this impressive contingent of musical talent wasn’t the sternest test that Florence faced on a balmy July night. Kendrick Lamar, on a whistle-stop, one-off visit to the UK for this show alone, finally brought the all-conquering ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ to the capital in the form of the chief support slot for Florence’s Hyde Park bash, transforming what was already an almighty powerful line-up into a frenzied “how the fuck can I get tickets?!” extravaganza.
Needless to say, people were pretty excited.
The presence of K-Dot, who hadn’t visited these shores since last year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, was an especially mouth-watering prospect. Still yet to properly tour Europe outside of the festival circuit since TPAB’s release back in March 2015, the fact that Kendrick had pulled up to London, with a full backing band, made for a hugely special proposition for the 65,000 folk in attendance. As if to underline what a big deal he now is, Kendrick flew back to the US immediately after the show to headline the White House’s Fourth of July barbecue at the request of Barack Obama himself – because that’s the sort of thing Kendrick gets up to on his Monday afternoons these days.
The thing is, we couldn’t all be there on Saturday night – but these lucky, lucky people were. Watch and weep, one and all – we gon’ be alright.
I mean, just look at how he got the crowd bouncing here.
But why turn music into a competition? The final word of the day goes to Twitter user Chelly, who became at one with the power of music after witnessing Saturday’s events.
For the curious among you, here’s what King Kenny played – here’s hoping that he’ll bring his electric live show to the UK for a full tour soon, eh?
‘Can’t Hide Love’ (Earth, Wind & Fire cover)
‘The Art of Peer Pressure’
‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’
‘Complexion (A Zulu Love)’
‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’ (Remix)