Hyde Park Calling 2007
Hyde Park Calling kicked off a weekend of great rock music with The Feeling, Crowded House and the legendary Peter Gabriel all taking to the stage.
Ex-Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel belted out a fantastic headline set that pleased the London crowd in spite of the rain and the newly reformed Crowed House produced a set of such remarkable quality; it was if they’d never broken up at all.
An earlier set from The Feeling complemented the sunshine and smiles perfectly and the refreshing sound of new band Ghosts made sure there was something for everyone. The opening day of Hyde Park Calling was what festivals are all about - singing along to the classics, finding your new favourite band and a mixture of sunshine and rain!
Rock legends Aerosmith pulled the festival to an enormous end when they were joined onstage by DMC from the hip-hop act Run DMC for their 1986 version of Walk This Way after a huge 70 minute set.
The five-piece played thumped their way through a back catalogue of classics as the crowd sang nearly every word to timeless tracks Love In An Elevator, Dude Looks Like A Lady and the spine tingling epic Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.
Chris Cornell also gave the capital a set to remember as he ran through tracks from his Audioslave and Soundgarden days as well as some of his solo work. Festival veterans Jet produced a set which included their biggest hit and sing-a-long number Are You Gonna Be My Girl. The Australian quartet returned to form with a sunshine sound perfect for the Sunday afternoon crowd.
Earlier in the day The Answer and Kids in Glass Houses took to their respective stages to produce sets worthy of a mention.
A second success story in as many years for Hyde Park Calling and the trend doesn’t seem to be ready to stop there as happy punters skipped away to the tube awaiting much more of the same for next year.