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Massive Attack at BST Hyde Park, 1st July 2016


By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park got off to a superb start on Friday with solid performances from Ghostpoet, TV on the Radio and the ever-combative Patti Smith, before headliners Massive Attack took to the stage.  By then, the rainclouds that had earlier brooded and spat dissipated and Bristol’s finest were handed a perfect evening to deliver a typically understated, dark and restless set that tied in perfectly with the prevailing frustration of the times.    

At first glance, BST’s opening line-up looked too diverse: shoehorning rap, indie, folk-rock and trip-hop into a handful of hours.  In the end, it worked perfectly as a powerful message ran through each act.  And if any of the 65,000 present missed it, it was emblazoned onscreen at the evening’s end: despite all the divisive crap going on, “we are in this together”.  

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Category: Dance
Photo credit: Sophia Spring

Ghostpoet: Hackney Empire


Music began with the affable Andrew Ashong whom I last saw supporting Jimmy Cliff no less at ‘The Other Empire’. Check-out his intoxicating blend of sunshine-reggae and cool jazz. His talented backing band comprised a drummer and percussionist with three guitarists including himself. Yearnsome harmonies attained that beauty in simplicity marking talent, and the nursery-rhyme-ish ‘Special’ would have anyone dancing around its playground. The programme had been delayed by an hour due to “problems with the tickets” but at least it hadn’t rained. Meanwhile, DJ Thom of Alt-J slammed some slabs.

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Category: Music