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Sunday at the Hard Rock Rising Stage

 
Sunday at the Hard Rock Rising Stage

Sunday at the Hard Rock Rising Stage


Sunday in the Hard Rock Rising tent saw a line up curated by the stage's headliner, and Starsailor front man James Walsh

Gracing the stage in the early afternoon was Bwani Junction, a young band hailing from Edinburgh who are rapidly on the up.

A mixture of their Scottish roots and elements of African high-life made their set thoroughly enjoyable throughout. This band have genuine talent, mixing together a clear influences from bands like Vampire Weekend, with a heritage British indie sound that we're so accustomed to.

Stand out tracks included Evacuate My Mind and Civil War. The band had their crowd hooked from start to finish. We predict big things from these Scottish artists, watch this space.
 
A mid-afternoon highlight on the Hard Rock Rising Stage were Sadie & The Hotheads who excited the committed crowd.
 
The smartly-dressed seven piece attract a huge audience inside the trendy tent, which aims to unearth lesser-known talents as part of Hard Rock's continued commitment to new music.
 
Classy in appearance and sound, the multi-instrumentalist Hotheads hop through a range of genres, including a celtic love song complete with mandolin and tin whistle.
 
LA Daysand Superficial feature memorably, the latter of which is aided by a seductive, female-dominated performance which oozes sex appeal before the quirky Cow Song, influenced by American Sadie's first experience of Norfolk (no doubt whilst filming for Downton Abbey in which she stars!), drawing their set to a fun close.
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Further along the line-up is Life In Film. This band have had a busy year, supporting The Rifles on tour and headlining a few of their own shows, they've arrived at the Hard Rock Rising stage armed with a wealth of live experience, and they're ready to show it off.

The fans packed the tent for the performance, all enjoying every single track. The band worked their way through a plethora of songs, each one better than the last.

The stand-out track of the performance was The Idiot, to which a handful of dedicated fans sang along with Life In Film's charismatic front man.

The indie rockers close their set with fan-favourite Alleyways. This band are yet another example of the excellent British indie that we're hearing from the Hard Rock Rising stage today. Proof that it's a genre that is indeed alive and well.
 
As the day draws to a close, it would seem that those in the know have gathered in the Hard Rock Rising tent for the UK's newest folk rockster Marcus Foster.

Bringing his own unique brand of Brit-folk to the tent, this artist performs as though he's been doing it all his life. Slipping from warm melodic rock to upbeat folk, Foster truly presents himself as a hardened pro.

Treating the crowd to a new track, Warn Down By Time, it's easy to see why this man had a dedicated following here at Hard Rock Calling today. A flawless and heart felt performance left the happy crowd cheering for more.

Next up is Don't Need To Lose You To Know. Fosters husky folk vocals make it a passionate and heart-felt performance as the crowd sway along with him.
 
Taking the Hard Rock Rising headlining slot was the brilliant James Walsh. The former Starsailor front-man, turned solo artist was also responsible for curating this prestigious new music stage today. And what a great job he did.

His performance is rammed full of gems, old and new. The crowd have turned up en masse and they're certainly not disappointed.

He works his way through Precious Stolen Moments, fans sing along throughout as he entertains them with hit after hit. Many have turned up to catch some Starsailor classics which Walsh plays at full strength. Four To The Floor has the crowd excited and stands out as a high light in his excellent set.

It's clear that this artist is passionate, not only about his new music, but also the new music of the many up-and-coming acts that he's supported throughout the day.

His set was the perfect way to close what's been a brilliant day of live music in the hard rock rising tent.

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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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