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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

 
The party's in full swing here on Sunday afternoon!

The party's in full swing here on Sunday afternoon!


Photograph: Christina Perri performing on the Main Stage this afternoon

There's so much to see here at Hard Rock Calling, it's tough to choose which stage to rush off to. But here's a bit of what we've been up to today!

Arriving at the second stage to hear the familiar notes of Vermillion lilting out of the tent, we immediately realise our mistake – getting there too late! The Pepsi Max tent is packed to bursting point for the Guillemots’ highly-anticipated set, so we have to make do with craning our necks to catch a glimpse of Fyfe Dangerfield and his band. Resplendent in a red suit, he’s a charismatic performer, stopping for chats in between songs (“I look like a right poser drinking out of a straw!”) and engaging the crowd with banter.

The tempo is slow for the beginning of Made Up Love Song, but picks up as it breaks into its chorus and reaches its euphoric climax. “This is a song about disillusion…no it’s not. It’s not about anything,” he laughs, before The Basket rings out across the crowd. He flexes his vocal muscles with a stunning falsetto, and the crowd is cheering as the band run through songs including Annie, Let’s Not Wait, Trains to Brazil and Get Over It.

After doing a smashing job on the Hard Rock Rising stage yesterday, Fyfe did us proud over on the Second Stage today, too.

American folksters LP took to the Pepsi Max Stage at 4.30 this afternoon for their first ever UK performance, bringing with them a double bass, violins and a full folk rock- set up.

This is a band who, right now, are relatively unknown in the UK, but after their performance this afternoon, we can guarantee that that won't be the case for long. Lead singer, also named LP, kicks things off armed with a ukulele and the crowd quickly got involved, swaying along to the impressive vocals and folky back line.



The New York bred artist has a sweet but powerful voice, which she used to capture the crowds' attention during their opening track Wasted Love. Into The Wild followed, a beautifully mellow track, filled with the diminutive singer's whistles and powerful lyrics. Their set went from strength to strength, keeping the audience hooked throughout.

LP's first UK show went down a storm with our Hard Rock Calling fans, we look forward to hearing more from this talented band!

 Latest News

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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