Morrissey covers Buzzcocks at O2 Wireless

He's the second headliner to have a dig at George Bush

Photographer: Shirlaine Forrest05 July 2008

The ex-Smiths' frontman chose to concentrate mainly on his solo career, focusing mainly on his latest work, playing tracks like 'When I was Young', 'I Throw My Arms Around Paris' and 'Life Is A Pigsty'.

The outspoken singer also used the opportunity to have a dig at George Bush saying, "Today is America’s Independence Day," which was greeted by boos, before he added: "but the day America will celebrate independence will be in January, when they finally say goodbye to Bush."

Despite Smiths' tracks receiving the largest cheers of the night, they remained few and far between with the Manchurian singer only playing 'Ask', 'What She Said', 'Vicar In A Tutu' and fan-favourite 'How Soon Is Now' during his 90 minute set.

Morrissey and his five-piece band also covered Buzzcocks' 'You Say You Don't Love Me' before he 'congratulated' Kylie Minogue on her recent MBE for services to music, saying it was "long overdue."

Beforehand Beck, who was dressed all in black except for a pink t-shirt, ran through hits such as 'Summer Girl' and a shortened version of 'Loser', though the crowd just seemed to be waiting to watch Morrissey.

The Courteeners had the biggest crowd of the afternoon in the Sandisk Tent as they had their tracks 'Not Nineteen Forever', 'Acrylic' and set-ender 'What Took You So Long' bellowed back to them, while Guillemots played to a rather reserved crowd on the main stage mixing songs from their first two albums.

Earlier in the day New York Dolls played to a full tent, covering Janis Joplin's 'Take Another Piece Of My Heart', while The National performed to a sparse crowd in the Sandisk Tent.

O2 Wireless continues today with Fatboy Slim, Underworld and Bootsy Collins on the bill. Check back tomorrow for updates on the Hyde Park festival.

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