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Hard Rock Calling 2012 to air on Sky Arts, Friday 17th August at 9pm!

 

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Big Country warm up in style while Alison Krauss entertains the Main Stage audience

 

Sunday at the Hard Rock Rising Stage

 
Big Country warm up in style while Alison Krauss entertains the Main Stage audience

Big Country warm up in style while Alison Krauss entertains the Main Stage audience


Ahead of their Pepsi Max Stage headlining slot on Sunday evening, legendary alternative rockers Big Country took to the acoustic stage in the VIP area for a minor warm up.

Beginning with Fields of Fire, the five-piece displayed the type of tightness only a band with a lifespan of three decades can, but Big Country are by no means old men, with current singer Mike Peters in great voice at the age of 53.

Mixing mandolins with a box drum, the quintet - originally from Scotland - offer a gloriously celtic rock sound, as old favourite Chance ensues.

With the session being recorded for Absolute Radio, Big Country play the upbeat In A Big Country as their third and final song - a trio of blistering teasers for what's in store when the band close the Pepsi Max stage on Sunday night.

Following that, we nipped out to the Main Stage to witness what was remaining of Alison Krauss and Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas.

Keeping in tune with the folk theme of the day, Krauss' vocals were as good as ever as the striking 40-year-old charmed an enormous audience with classics such as Sinking Stone and Daylight.

The lyrics "safe and soothing, yet I fear as I recall and now reflect" have never seemed so apt, with the weekend's best weather going hand-in-hand with her easy-listening classic country sound.

Soon after, Krauss received her biggest cheer on the evening upon unleashing Baby, Now That I've Found You, amid a well-received set in front of a large, patient audience eagerly awaiting the arrival of one Paul Simon and his Graceland entourage.

By Jamie Casey

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Hard Rock Calling 2013 To Move To Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

 

We've been nominated for Best Major Festival at the UK Festival Awards!

 

Hard Rock Calling 2012 to air on Sky Arts, Friday 17th August at 9pm!

 

Paul Simon closes Hard Rock Calling 2012

 

Big Country warm up in style while Alison Krauss entertains the Main Stage audience

 

Sunday at the Hard Rock Rising Stage

 
 

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