Hard Rock Calling

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Hard Rock Calling, originally called Hyde Park Calling, is a three day open-air festival which takes place in Hyde Park, London. Started in 2006, the festival has featured sets from The Who, Neil Young and Stevie Wonder.

Rumours

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Lineup

2013: Kasabian, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Paul Weller, The Black Crowes and many more.

Vibe

Viewed as an alternative for the older London festival organiser, each day begins with sit-down artists and ends with acts of veteran status. Many have regarded this as a good festival to enjoy with your parents, as the festival although set in the city is not as chaotic as other London festivals.

Stages and other entertainment

There are three stages at Hard Rock Calling:

  • The Main Stage: Where the bigger names and established acts perform.
  • The Pepsi Max Stage: Although you may view new acts on this stage, alot of the acts on this stage tend to already have their own followings
  • The Bandstand: This is where you may view alot of breaking and up and coming acts.

There isn't much in the way of other entertainment, as the event is strictly live music focused.

Tickets

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VIP

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Children

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Disability Access

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Weather

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Location

The festival was originally held at Hyde Park, however promoters Live Nation had to find a new location, as curfews, noise restrictions and other complaints complicated the process of holding the festival there.

Queens Elizabeth Olympic Park will be the new home.

Local Information

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Travel

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Accommodation

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What to wear

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Camping

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Site Information

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Food and drink

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Perform at the festival

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Volunteer or work

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Drugs and security

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Stream online

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Trivia

The inaugural 2006 year saw performances from The Who and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, who performed Pink Floyd album The Dark Side Of The Moon.

Deemed a success, Aerosmith headlined the next year, the encore performance of "Walk This Way" included an appearance from DMC of Run DMC.

In 2009 the event expanded to three days, with Bruce Springsteen releasing his entire set on DVD, it was titled "London Calling; Live in Hyde park".

From 2006 to 2009 the festival was held over two days before it was extended to three days in 2009.

Past lineups

2012 Acts for this year's event included Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, who will headlined out Saturday night, and Paul Simon headlined the Sunday night, performing the album 'Graceland' in its entirety, along with some of his greatest hits. For details of the full line-up, click here.

The 2011 line-up featured The Killers, Kaiser Cheifs, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, and The Lighthouse Family.

For details on past line up highlights click here.