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Soundgarden to headline Hard Rock Calling 2012


Story by Jack Foley

AMERICAN rock legends Soundgarden will headline Hard Rock Calling 2012 on Friday, July 13, in London’s Hyde Park.

Iggy & The Stooges and Cold Chisel also join the bill.

Soundgarden complete a spectacular line-up for this year’s Hard Rock Calling bill, joining the already announced Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band who headline on Saturday, July 14, and Paul Simon performing Graceland in its entirety on Sunday, July 15.

More exciting acts are soon to be announced for this highly anticipated concert festival, including the winner of Hard Rock Rising, Hard Rock’s global battle of the bands, which saw more than 12,000 emerging bands worldwide enter for the chance to win a spot on the Hard Rock Calling main stage.

One of the forefathers of the renowned Seattle alternative rock scene in the ’90s, Soundgarden reunited last year following a 14-year hiatus and are set to release a brand new album later in the year.

Soundgarden are Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd.

Other additions to the line-up include the godfathers of punk Iggy & The Stooges, whose high energy live shows and onstage antics always get the crowds going, and multi-million selling Cold Chisel, who will be playing their tough breed of ’70s style rock and blues. Their new album No Plans was released earlier this year.

Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International, commented: “Soundgarden was an innovator in the Seattle grunge music scene, and we are honored to have them take the 2012 Hard Rock Calling stage and add a different genre of music to an already incredibly diverse line-up.

“We are also truly excited to soon announce the winner of Hard Rock Rising and give an up-and-coming band the chance to live out their dream and perform at one of the UK’s most anticipated music festivals.”

Hard Rock Calling takes place from July 13-15, 2012 and tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, March 30, 2012 and are priced £50 plus booking fee. They are available from the Hard Rock Calling website.

Vodafone customers can buy tickets 48 hours before they go on general sale. Get yours from 9am on Wednesday, March 28 at this link