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The 2009 Hard Rock Calling festival.

Calling Festival (formerly Hyde Park Calling and Hard Rock Calling) is an annual music festival, formerly held in Hyde Park, London, from 2006 until 2012, and from 2013 in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. The music played is primarily rock music, and various performers, including The Killers, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters (with Nick Mason), The Police, Aerosmith, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen have played at the event. The festival was organised by Hard Rock Cafe and Live Nation. In September 2013, Hard Rock International announced that they would no longer be sponsoring the festival, however Livenation confirmed that the event would return in 2014 under the name of Calling Festival at the Clapham Common.[1]

Hyde Park Calling 2006[edit]

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.[2] The Who's Sunday headline performance was released as part of their Encore Series 2006 of CDs & DVDs.

The festival was a peaceful one, 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 two 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.

2006 Lineup[edit]

(Main Stage)
Saturday Sunday

Roger Waters (with Nick Mason)
Breaks Co-op
Chris Difford

The Who
The Zutons
Ocean Colour Scene
Rose Hill Drive

Second Stage
Saturday Sunday

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

Primal Scream
The Casbah Club
The Waking Eyes
Kharma 45

Hyde Park Calling 2007[edit]

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 was 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 were 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 the Band, 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).[citation needed] 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.

2007 Lineup[edit]

Main Stage
Saturday Sunday

Peter Gabriel
Crowded House
The Feeling
Forever Like Red
The Thirst

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

The Pepsi Stage
Saturday Sunday

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

Joe Satriani
Rose Hill Drive
TAB the Band
Black Stone Cherry

Third Stage
Saturday Sunday

Seth Lakeman
Terra Naomi
Ben's Brother
Amy Macdonald

Kids in Glass Houses
Enjoy Destroy

Hard Rock Calling 2008[edit]

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

On 28 January 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
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
The Flying Padovanis
Broken Records
The Galvatrons
Will Rendle

Hard Rock Calling 2009[edit]

In 2009, for the first time it was a three-day event, beginning on the Friday rather than a Saturday, running over 26, 27 and 28 June.[3] 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". Springsteen's entire set was released on DVD in June 2010, titled London Calling: Live in Hyde Park.

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Killers
The Kooks
Howling Bells
Passion Pit
Chew Lips

Neil Young (with 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

Pepsi Max Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Echo & the Bunnymen
Silversun Pickups
Air Traffic
Screaming Lights

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

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

Hard Rock Calling 2010[edit]

Hard Rock Calling 2010 took place of the weekend beginning 25 June. Wolfmother was scheduled to perform on Friday but backed out in advance.

Main Stage
Friday 25 June Saturday 26 June Sunday 27 June

Pearl Jam[4]
Ben Harper & Relentless 7
The Hives
The Gaslight Anthem
Robert Francis

Stevie Wonder
James Morrison
Corinne Bailey Rae
Mary Mary
Micki Free
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band(DVD)

Paul McCartney
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Crowded House
Elvis Costello
Joshua Radin
More Than Me

Pepsi Max Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Funeral Party
Paul Thomas Saunders

Melissa Etheridge
Alejandro Escovedo
Florence Rawlings
Diane Birch
Maria Mena

The Breakers
Cocktail Slippers
The Len Price 3
Tiffany Page
The Urban Voodoo Machine
Delta Mid
The Coronas
Joe Echo

Band Stand
Friday Saturday Sunday

Leah Mason
Michael Kiwanuka
Max Tuohy

My Sad Captains
Lione Wolf
Mountain Man
Summer Camp
Zun Zun Egui

The Morning Benders
Pearly Gate Music
Here We Go Magic
John Grant
Beach House

Hard Rock Calling 2011[edit]

The 2011 festival took place over the weekend of 24–26 June.

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Killers
Kaiser Chiefs
Wolf Gang
Michael Kiwanuka

Bon Jovi
Ray Davies
Black Cards
Vintage Trouble

Rod Stewart (with Ronnie Wood)
Stevie Nicks
Adam Ant & the Good, the Bad and the Lovely Posse
Gugun Blues Shelter

Pepsi Max Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Kills
Good Natured
The Heartbreaks

Imelda May
Ryan Bingham
Gianna Nannini
Rainy Boy Sleep
Rosco Bandana

Lighthouse Family
Mike + The Mechanics
Barenaked Ladies
James Walsh
Jay James Picton
Stefany June

Saturday Sunday

The Breakers
The Launderettes
The Contrast
Red White A Blues
Lee Macdougall

Zun Zun Egui
Alessis Ark
Veronica Falls
Gabriella Jones

Hard Rock Calling 2012[edit]

During the song "Twist and Shout", which was being performed by Bruce Springsteen and guest Paul McCartney at the Saturday night show, Springsteen was forced to cut his set short when he ran overtime on a council curfew.[5] Paul Simon's set featured Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Jimmy Cliff; it was released on DVD and album in June 2017, titled The Concert in Hyde Park.[6]

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Iggy and The Stooges
Cold Chisel
Black Stone Cherry
Kids in Glass Houses

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
John Fogerty
Lady Antebellum
The Nightwatchman
Hey Monea!

Paul Simon
Alison Krauss Featuring Jerry Douglas
Christina Perri
Punch Brothers
Robert Randolph
Karima Francis

Pepsi Max Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Mars Volta
Red, White & Blues
Hawk Eyes
The Dirty Youth

Amy Macdonald
Gary Clark Jr.
The Night

Big Country
Ryan Sheridan
Robert Ellis
Marlon Roudette
Ryan Sheridan

Hard Rock Rising Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Cocktail Slippers
Dive Bella Dive
Deap Vally
The Launderettes
Koo Koo Kitchen

Dylan LeBlanc
Jack Savoretti
Gabriel Bruce
Feral Singers
Tanya Auclaire
Brass Wirs Orchestra

James Walsh
Marcus Foster
Life in Film
Nina Nesbitt
Sadie & The Hotheads
Bwani Junction
Molly McQueen

Band Stand
Friday Saturday Sunday

Sissy and The Blisters
Drop Out Venus
Micro Jupiter

Danny Shah
Daytone Lights
Alistar Griffin
Richard Cowey
Halfway to New York

Peggy Sue
Alessi's Park
Chailo Sim
Honey Ryder

Hard Rock Calling 2013[edit]

The 2013 event was moved to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford after Live Nation had pulled out of the tender for Hyde Park. The 2013 festival returned to being a two-day event, unlike the four previous years which had run over three consecutive days. The first announcement was made on 5 March, when Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were confirmed as headliners. It would be the latter's second headline performance in consecutive years.

Main Stage
Saturday Sunday

Paul Weller
Miles Kane
Twin Atlantic
Lower Than Atlantis
The Weeks

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
The Black Crowes
Alabama Shakes
Zac Brown Band
Deaf Havana
The Carnabys

Pepsi Max Stage
Saturday Sunday

The Cribs
The View
The Twang
Twin Forks
Dark Horses
No (Los Angeles)
Vuvu Vultures

Flamin Grooves
Mayer Hawthorne
The Temperance Movement
Lonely The Brave

Hard Rock Rising Stage
Saturday Sunday

Gaz Coombes
China Rats
Syd Arthur
My Preserver
Eliza And The Bear
Steve Cradock
Jack Savoretti

Syd Arthur
Josh Doyle
Cody Chestnut
Josh Record
Bruno Major
Stewart Mac

Calling Festival 2014[edit]

Hard Rock Calling returned under the name of Calling Festival from 28–29 June 2014 at Clapham Common. It was renamed Calling Festival when the previous sponsor, Hard Rock International, pulled out.

Main Stage
Saturday Sunday

Joe Bonamassa
Richie Sambora
Heaven's Basement
3 Dudes

Stevie Wonder
Jack Johnson
Paloma Faith
Michael Kiwanuka
James Bay

Pepsi Max Stage
Saturday Sunday

The Jezabels
Walking Papers
Lonely The Brave
No Hot Ashes
Tax The Heat
Chantal Claret

Gregory Porter
Norma Jean Martine
Bruno Major
Jack Garratt
Will Heard
JJ Rosa

Calling Festival 2015[edit]

Calling Festival returned to Clapham Common the following year, but only as a one-day festival, on 4 July.

Main Stage

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Ryan Adams and The Shining
Modest Mouse
The Hives
Echo & the Bunnymen
Sunset Sons
Elle King

Stage 2

Wolf Alice
James Veck-Gilodi
Sundara Karma
White Room


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  5. ^ Rawlinson, Linnie. "Springsteen and McCartney cut off by London curfew". CNN. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Filcman, Deborah (May 11, 2017). "Paul Simon Announces 'A Concert in Hyde Park' Film and Album". Ultimate Classic Rock. Townsquare Media, Inc. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 

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