Hard Rock Calling 2008
Our first festival as Hard Rock Calling was headlined by Eric Clapton on Saturday June 28th and The Police on Sunday June 29th.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band kicked off proceedings, before Jason Mraz took to the stage with a gleefully upbeat set that brought the Hyde Park crowds to their feet.
John Mayer had the crowd in the palm of his hand for his appearance, with a flurry of people flocking to the front for his set. Sheryl Crow lifted the atmosphere with a hit-packed set of American country-tinged gems, her back catalogue the perfect accompaniment to the sunny day.
Eric Clapton showed Hyde Park why he is known as one of the most legendary guitarists of all time, with an intricate array of blues songs. Hoochie Coochie Man, Why Do You Have to be So Sad, You Look Wonderful Tonight and Layla were highlights.
The Bangles, Starsailor, KT Tunstall all played on Day 2, with KT’s Scottish charm and string of catchy songs like Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, Suddenly I See, Other Side of the World and more.
Later on, for their headline slot, The Police were greeted with rapturous applause and screeches of delight, as the stage slowly came to light. The opening notes of Message in a Bottle announced their arrival, and they got stuck into their extensive and impressive back catalogue. Sting had the crowd clapping in time to Don’t Stand So Close to Me; and the stage is bathed in red light for Roxanne.
The encore, of course, was Every Breath You Take – and revellers left the park content in the knowledge they just witnessed The Police’s last ever UK show.
Another successful year for Hard Rock Calling!