Hard Rock Calling

Things to do, Festivals
Soundgarden, Iggy And The Stooges, Cold Chisel (Fri); Bruce Springsteen (Sat); Paul Simon, Jimmy Cliff and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Alison Kraus & Union Station (Sun). Every year, the leafy and tranquil surrounds of Hyde Park ring out to the sounds of kick drums, amped-up guitars and thumping bass, while the cry goes up: 'Let there be rock!' It's a great day and night out for those who don't like the commitment of camping but love a good open air shoutalong. On Sunday, diminutive New Jersey singer-songwriter Simon plays his stunning, African-tinged (and originally highly contentious) 'Gracelands' solo LP in its entirety, alongside Ladysmith Black Mambazo and, curiously, Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff – an undoubtable highlight of the weekend.

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