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watch The Cure play 40th anniversary show in London’s Hyde Park

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A leading figure in the goth subculture of the 1980s, Smith jokingly cowered behind his fingers raised in a cross against the sun as he came on stage before launching into Plainsong, the opening track from 1989’s top-selling album Disintegration.

“I really can’t talk until the sun goes down,” he said. “It’s taking all my energy not to dissolve.”

The heat did not sap his energy for performance, however, as the 59-year-old led his band through a set of classic hits including Friday I’m In Love, Boys Don’t Cry, Lullaby and Close to Me.

Nearly 50,000 people came out to watch the bands – including Interpol, Goldfrapp and Editors – on the second day of British Summer Time 2018, a day which also saw the capital host the annual LGBT Pride march and England beat Sweden 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. – [The Independent]

The Cure headlined London’s British Summer Time festival on Saturday (7/7) in Hyde Park, which fell just a couple days short of the group’s 40th anniversary of their live debut. (The day also featured Ride, Interpol, Goldfrapp and more, and Roger Waters headlined the day before.) They treated the crowd to a hit-filled, career-spanning set and you can watch fan-shot video of the entire concert (via Slicing Up Eyeballs), and check out the setlist, below.

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SETLIST: The Cure @ Hyde Park 7/8/2018
Plainsong
Pictures of You
High
A Night Like This
The Walk
The End of the World
Lovesong
Push
In Between Days
Just Like Heaven
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
Play for Today
A Forest
Shake Dog Shake
Burn
Fascination Street
Never Enough
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
Disintegration

Encore:
Lullaby
The Caterpillar
Friday I’m in Love
Close to Me
Why Can’t I Be You?
Boys Don’t Cry
Jumping Someone Else’s Train
Grinding Halt
10:15 Saturday Night
Killing an Arab

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