Gig Review: Ray Davies - Hyde Park ✭✭✭

Ray Davies
Hyde Park

Friday 12th July 2013: Elton John was meant to be headlining today, but unfortunately due to illness he couldn't make it, and we wish him a speedy recovery. This also meant that the event was now free, ticket holders would get a refund, and other main stage acts had new stage times, with Ray Davies now topping the bill.

Ray Davies is the legendary frontman from The Kinks, and is now blazing through a solo career, with huge festival appearances like Glastonbury under his belt. The busy crowd at Hyde Park were in for a trip down memory lane with a whole host of classic tracks to sing along to. Sunny Afternoon was quite apt for the glorious weather, and the stage visuals, video, lighting etc were looking mighty fine.

Dedicated Follower of Fashion had everyone singing along, as did All Day and All of the Night and one of my favourites, Waterloo Sunset. You Really Got Me, and Days finished the set from Ray, with an encore of the classic Lola ending the night.

Ray Davies' songwriting is great to listen to, the songs played this evening very nostalgic and Ray had every right to be headlining in Elton's absence. Just a pity there wasn't a bigger crowd to see him in full flow.

3 stars ✭✭✭