It was sweetly reassuring for Clash, as we entered Kensington Gardens two nights ago and noticed Jake Bugg. Alone with his manager, standing quietly in the midst of what is annually dubbed, The Party of The Summer.
This, the Serpentine Summer Party, was co-hosted by L‘Wren Scott. Former model with the limbs to match, designer of many grand frocks noted on the night (including her own gold sequin number), and Mick Jagger’s other half.
Tomorrow Scott-and numerous other guests, Bugg amongst them-will have swapped Hyde Park for Worthy Farm and be eagerly awaiting the Rolling Stones debut Glastonbury performance. On Wednesday though, the buzz was all about the there and then.
Respected individuals from the worlds of fashion, art and music-Nick Rhodes, Lianne La Havas, the Sibling trio, Kate Moss, Sue Webster and Tracey Emin included-gathered on the lawn outside the art gallery to celebrate the arrival of the 13th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.
Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, the large work is white in colour and made up of squares and rectangles, pronouncing it as a kind of angular cloud. The clear discs on top act to prevent rain getting in, but appear almost like rain drops in this particular cloud.
Music on the night was provided by 2manydjs, Jake Bugg and Findlay. First on, Findlay lead singer Natalie dressed the part in a squiggly red dress and gold crown, exclaiming ‘What a lovely night, what a lovely bunch of people’.
Echoing the same garage rock sounds and passionate vocals as Jack White in his Raconteurs period, the band who’ve ‘come all the way from Dalston, via Manchester’ paired the rough with something a little more sultry.
Jake Bugg followed closely behind, leather collar up, suede desert boots on. No band just a man and his guitar, spitting as he sung favourites such as ‘Lightening Bolt’ and ‘Two Fingers’ with few words spoken in-between.
The crowd that had stood away at a safe distance for the support pulled in closer for Bugg, blogger Bip Ling amongst those pulling shapes to songs from his country doused debut album.
Before 2manydjs’ set guests were treated to a silent light installation within the pavilion. Harsh flashes of bright white popped up all over the work. As the music started back up the flashes integrated into the night, creating an almost clinical club scene in the centre of the grass.
The rest of the space remained dark however, allowing for all manners of famous face to slip into the night and enjoy being outside, uninterrupted by the weather. We can't promise the same will ring true tomorrow...
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