The Strokes BST Hyde Park festival
Updated: 4 March 2015
The Strokes will make their UK return this summer playing a massive headline concert in Hyde Park.
The New York group are set to headline the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival on Thursday 18 June.
The Hyde Park gig will be the Strokes’ first UK concert since 2011 when they headlined Reading and Leeds festival. It will also be the band’s only UK festival gig of 2015.
The Strokes will be joined by a number of talented artists on the day including special guests Beck and Future Islands. Public Service Broadcasting, The Wytches, Hinds, Gengahr, Yak and Kieran Leonard are also set to play the festival on 18 June.
About the Strokes
Formed in New York, the Strokes landed their big break in 2001 with the release of their debut album Is This It. The album was a huge success generating a wave of followers and inspiring the formation of many bands. The Strokes almost single-handedly put the last nail in the Britpop coffin.
The Strokes – who are Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti - had a huge impact on the alternative music scene. Is This It appeared on Rolling Stone’s and NME’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time lists along with ranking No.2 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the 2000s.
Room On Fire (2003) and First Impression of Earth (2006) followed. The latter of which became their first album to debut at No.1 in the UK. The collection marked a musical departure for the group along with a change in producers.
On the back of the album, The Strokes took home the Best International Band award at the NME Awards and embarked on extensive tour that included sell-out shows in the UK. The Strokes decided it was time for a ‘much-needed break’ after their tour of the US.
In 2011 Angels appeared. It was the Strokes fourth album was said to take more than two years to complete after the group first started working on the record. Two years later Comedown Machine followed.
2013’s Comedown Machine marked the Strokes’ last contracted album with their label RCA Records. The album was released with no promotion but resulted in their fifth consecutive Top 10 hit in the UK.
The following year the group played New York’s Capitol Theatre. The concert was their first US gig in three years and the first time that fans heard tracks performed live from Comedown Machine.