Playing to a sell out crowd of 55,000, American band Kings of Leon rocked Hyde Park on Thursday (July 6).

A number of world renowned acts took to the stage during the British Summer Time festival which was held over the course of two weekends.

On Thursday, it was the turn of rock band Kings of Leon and as a red curtain lifted to reveal the band on stage, applause broke out from within the park prompting the start of the fourth sold out headline act set of the festival.

Before the band took to the stage, crowds were warmed up with rock legends The Pixies who received a great reception from the audience.

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Earlier in the day Local Natives graced the Great Oak Stage playing music from across their repertoire, band member Kelcey Ayer told getwestlondon about how the capital holds a special place in their hearts, being the first place they played abroad.

He said: "London has been a bit of a second home to us over our career."

Adding: "Hyde Park is a place that, I think it's always been at least a dream of mine to be able to play and yeah we couldn't have asked for like a more epic beautiful setting I think for a show, it was fun."

As the sun began to set over London, Hyde Park was just coming alive as Kings of Leon entertained the energetic audience with songs both new and old in a two hour long set.

The Nashville band, which is formed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan and Jared, and their cousin Matthew, opened the show with Over, a song from their most recent album Walls.

It appeared Local Natives were not the only band impressed with the park setting as Kings of Leon lead singer Caleb addressed the crowd, saying: "It's so good to be here with you, I've been looking forward to this for a long time."

Alongside new songs, fans were also entertained with older tracks such as Slow Night, So Long, and no surprises for guessing which song lit up the crowd mid way through.

As the tell tale first notes of Use Somebody sounded around the park, the crowd erupted into cheers, singing along to the well known song which peaked at number two in the UK charts when it was released almost 10 years ago.

In between back to back songs, lead singer Caleb exclaimed: " I don’t have to work tomorrow, so I’m going to have a lot of fun tonight.

"I hope you guys join us!"

A quarter of the way through the set, large screens projected captivating visuals alongside live scenes from the stage.

The vocals from Caleb were impeccable throughout with an accompaniment so impressive you could be fooled into thinking you were listening to the recorded album.

The band of course saved the best until last, belting out Sex on Fire to a now very merry and buzzing crowd.

The crowd was filled with both hardcore fans and those who may simply have just known their most popular songs.

Either way the Nashville band provided something for everyone in a night to remember.

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