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The 2009 Hard Rock Calling festival.

Hard Rock Calling (formerly Hyde Park Calling) is an annual music festival held in Hyde Park, London, which first took place on Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2, 2006. The music played is primarily rock music, and various performers, including The Who, Aerosmith, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen have played at the event. The festival is organised by Hard Rock Cafe and Live Nation.

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Hyde Park Calling 2006

The inaugural festival had two stages, and was headlined by Roger Waters (performing in its entirety the Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon as part of his set) and his band (featuring Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason) on the Saturday and The Who on the Sunday. Gates opened at 14:00 and the show ended at 22:15 on both evenings[1]. The Who's Sunday headline performance was released as part of their Encore Series 2006 of CDs & DVDs.

The festival was a peaceful one (in part probably because of the older demographic that the headline acts were targeting). Being inside the city the event required attendees to rely on external accommodation - unlike more popular festivals such as Download Festival or Reading and Leeds Festival, which require camping on site for most people.

Despite the veteran status of the headline acts, most other bands were younger and with a more 'contemporary' audience, providing a contrast in musical styles. Since this festival, Razorlight particularly has acquired much fame and in under a year has gone from second slot in a smaller inaugural event like Hyde Park Calling to headlining the long-running and respected Reading/Leeds Festival. The festival mainstage proved to be unusually British, with the British Isles being represented by seven English bands and one Scottish, with only one American and one New Zealand band from abroad. However of the ten second stage bands, three were from Canada and two from the USA.

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2006 Lineup

Main Stage
Saturday Sunday

Roger Waters (featuring Nick Mason)
Texas
Starsailor
Breaks Co-op
Chris Difford

The Who
Razorlight
The Zutons
Ocean Colour Scene
Rose Hill Drive

Second Stage
Saturday Sunday

The Lightning Seeds
Robert Cray
Suzanne Vega
Blackbud
Rocco DeLuca and the Burden

Primal Scream
The Casbah Club
Mobile
The Waking Eyes
Kharma 45

Hyde Park Calling 2007

After Hyde Park Calling's success, a Hyde Park Calling 2007 quickly entered planning stages. It was announced that the event would take place during the weekend of 23-24 June 2007. It was Aerosmith's first concert in the United Kingdom for 8 years, and featured Peter Gabriel and the recently reformed Crowded House as a joint-headliner for the first day. Other draws to this year's event were the addition of a new third stage. Only one band to have played at the previous Hyde Park Calling, Rose Hill Drive, played again in 2007. With six bands per stage instead of five, and an extra stage, the expansion of the festival only a year after its inception has been dramatic.

One of the many incarnations of the Buena Vista Social Club featured. Hyde Park Calling 2007's version of the band includes Manuel "Guajiro" Mirabal (trumpet), Orlando "Cachaito" López (double bass), Manuel Galbán (guitar) and Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos (trumpet). Unlike the previous years' mostly British mainstage, of the nine bands playing, three will be American, one from New Zealand and one from Australia.

Sunday became an "Aerosmith Family" event. Aerosmith headlined the mainstage, with it opened by The Micki Free Electric Blues then Arckid - a band featuring Steve Tyler (vocalist of Aerosmith)'s son in law. Chris Cornell played the main stage before Aerosmith made their appearance. Tab, played fourth on the bill on second stage featuring Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's two sons. Many people saw the event as unbalanced, with most commercially successful bands playing the Sunday (Aerosmith in particular - having sold more albums than both of Saturday's headline bands combined). The second stage was sponsored by Pepsi.

Despite Aerosmith having the headline slot on Sunday, Chris Cornell played for the same length of time. His set combined Audioslave and Soundgarden songs with his own. In keeping with the family theme Aerosmith brought with them, on Saturday Peter Gabriel's daughter sang and played percussion. On Sunday Cornell brought his two children onto the stage for the audience to see.

Aerosmith had to finish at 10.30 pm due to the curfew, and the police were forcing them to leave. The encore was the usual Walk this Way song, but featured Darryl McDaniels (commonly referred to simply as 'DMC'). This was the first time a member of Run-D.M.C. had performed with Aerosmith since their 2002 tour, five years previous. The Hyde Park Calling website however, refers to him as Run-D.M.C., which is wrong.

2007 Lineup

Main Stage
Saturday Sunday

Peter Gabriel
Crowded House
The Feeling
Ghosts
Forever Like Red
The Thirst

Aerosmith (featuring DMC from Run-D.M.C.)
Chris Cornell
JET
The Answer
Arckid
The Micki Free Electric Blues

The Pepsi Stage
Saturday Sunday

Buena Vista Social Club
Jason Mraz
Captain
Gareth Gates
Under the Influence of Giants
Angus and Julia Stone

Joe Satriani
Rose Hill Drive
Fastway
Tab
Black Stone Cherry
McQueen

Third Stage
Saturday Sunday

Seth Lakeman
Rushmore
Borne
Terra Naomi
Ben's Brother
Amy Macdonald

Reuben
yourcodenameis:milo
Kids in Glass Houses
Brigade
Haunts
Enjoy Destroy

Hard Rock Calling 2008

In late December 2007, the Hyde Park Calling 2008 website was launched. It confirmed the dates for 28-29 June, 2008.

On January 28 2008, the headliners for each day were announced, along with 2 support acts for each day:

Main Stage
Saturday Sunday

Eric Clapton
Sheryl Crow
John Mayer
Jason Mraz
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Steve Boyce Band

The Police
KT Tunstall
Starsailor
The Bangles
Arno Carstens
The Micki Free Electric Blues

Second Stage
Saturday Sunday

The Charlatans
Eddi Reader
Dawn Kinnard
The Loose Salute
Ryan Bingham
Scott McKeon

The Stranglers
Carbon/Silicon
The Flying Padovanis
Broken Records
The Galvatrons
Will Rendle

Hard Rock Calling 2009

In 2009, for the first time it was a three day event, beginning on the Friday rather than a Saturday, running over the 26th, 27 and 28 June.[1] Neil Young headlined on Saturday and his encore was a cover version of "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles. Paul McCartney joined him on stage for parts of this performance. Bruce Springsteen finished his headlining set with Dancing in the Dark, while he also joined The Gaslight Anthem for their song "The '59 Sound".

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Killers
The Kooks
Howling Bells
Passion Pit
Chew Lips

Neil Young (featuring Paul McCartney)
Fleet Foxes
Ben Harper
Seasick Steve
The Pretenders
Rudy Vaughn
The Original Sinners

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Dave Matthews Band
James Morrison
The Gaslight Anthem
Beauvoir/Free

Pepsi Max Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Echo & the Bunnymen
Metric
Silversun Pickups
Air Traffic
Screaming Lights

Magic Numbers
Johnny Flynn
Mumford and Sons
Alberta Cross
Priscilla Ahn
Wallis Bird
Lyrebirds

Starsailor
Joshua Radin
The Low Anthem
Pretty Things
The Boy Who Trapped the Sun
Rudy Vaughn

Hard Rock Calling 2010

Hard Rock Calling 2010 is due to take place of the weekend beginning the 25th June.

Pearl Jam[2] and Wolfmother[3] have been confirmed. With Pearl Jam as headliners for the Friday during the 2010 incarnation of the festival. Other acts are to be announced at a later date.

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