Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend Hyde Park for British Summer time 2017. The headliner of the night was The legendary Green Day and there were 17 supporting acts through the day on their 3 stages. The bands were of all ages and from all around the world.
We had priority entry tickets meaning we got in an hour earlier than general admission ticket holders. This meant we were able to get a wristband for the front pit area of the Great Oak stage.
The first band we saw was Belfast formed punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers, I hadn’t heard much of their stuff before but I really enjoyed the atmosphere and they were a brilliant opener to such an amazing lineup. They did a 30-minute set, however, I really would have enjoyed a slightly longer set from them.
Next up was The Damned. There was a lot of older men there that were really big fans which was nice to see and although I didn’t really enjoy the music I still loved their stage presence and the crowd loved it.
Swedish Garage punk band The Hives were up next and were without a doubt the best support act of the day. Lead singer Pelle Almqvist is really charismatic and interacted well with the crowd by letting people introduce themselves through the mic. He also spent a lot of time talking and hyping up the crowd. They brought a lot of energy and excitement to the stage and I would genuinely go to see them again. They did a 40-minute set but I really wish they’d had longer.
We then went and got food and merch before returning to the pit for main support act Rancid. It appeared they had a very loyal fan base that turned up to see their set and people were really getting into it and just going crazy. I didn’t watch all of their set but I did enjoy what I did catch. They definitely build the energy and anticipation for Green day.
At just after quarter to eight Green Day hit the stage opening with the classic ‘Know your enemy’ before continuing as follows:
Know Your Enemy
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
2000 Light Years Away
Hitchin’ a Ride
When I Come Around
Welcome to Paradise
Are We the Waiting
Knowledge(Operation Ivy cover)
King for a Day (with Careless Whisper snippet)
Shout / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life / Teenage Kicks / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude
Jesus of Suburbia
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
I was so pleased with this setlist, It had a perfect balance of old and new songs and was much longer than I expected at just over two and a half hours long. I was amazed by the energy they all had, they have been a band for over 30 years and have ten times more energy than any bands that I have seen half their age. Billie Joe was jumping around the stage for the whole show yet didn’t look tired at all which is more than I could say for myself after a whole day of standing and no caffeine. Billie Joe’s love for England and hatred for Donald Trump was apparent in his little talks between songs which myself and the rest of the crowd loved. I could write for days about how amazing it was but they say a picture speaks thousand words so I think this video should say it all. I only caught small snippets of songs as I didn’t want to be filming a lot and annoying the people around me, enjoy