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Hard Rock Rising 2012 in photos

  • Hard Rock Calling, in London's Hyde Park, was headlined by Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Soundgarden - but beyond the famous acts, there was loads of emerging talent to check out as well. Norwegian girl group the Launderettes, pictured, played the Hard Rock Rising stage on Friday, 13th July.

    Photo: Damian Prestidge

    Added: 17 Jul 2012

  • The Oslo five-piece, who mix garage with riot grrl, made the most of their early-evening slot. Head to NME.COM/hardrockrising for more on the event.

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    Added: 17 Jul 2012

  • E-Street Band member Steve Van Zandt later took to Twitter to complain about Hyde Park pulling the plug while Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen played. But he also took to the Hard Rock Rising stage, since he'd personally hand-picked many of the bands on the bill.

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  • Oslo quartet Koo Koo Kitchen always made sure to write their names on their instruments in case they got lost.

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  • Maker frontwoman Lana McDonagh led the Brighton quartet on the Hard Rock Rising stage on Friday 13 July.

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  • Indonesian Hard Rock Rising runners-up F.O.S brought some old school flavour to the stage, including fan favourite 'Gimme Some Food'.

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  • Signed to Steven Van Zandt's record label Wicked Cool Records in 2007, Oslo group the Cocktail Slippers kept it colourful.

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  • Dive Bella Dive attempted a cover of the Kink' 'Sunny Afternoon'. The grey clouds didn't hear it.

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  • Radar favourites Deap Vally brought some Californian sunshine to the Hard Rock Rising stage.

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  • These two punters take a breather from the new band action on the Hard Rock Rising stage.

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  • Multi-instrumentalist Tanya Auclair brought her looped vocals to the Hard Rock Rising stage.

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  • Ghanaian afro-funk group Konkomo play tracks from their recent self-title release.

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  • Gabriel Bruce tries to style out the shark attack on the Hard Rock Rising stage on Saturday 14 July.

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  • Lead by Phil Minton, The Feral Choir brings together non-professional performers, and through workshops leads up to putting on concerts.

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  • Emmylou Harris-collaborator Dylan Le Blanc plays the Hard Rock Rising stage on Saturday 14 July.

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  • Fyfe Dangerfield of Guillemots takes the microphone on Sunday, 13 July. He was another one of the celebrity curators of the Hard Rock Rising line-up.

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  • Brass Wires Orchestra open Saturday on the Hard Rock Rising stage.

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  • Brass Wires Orchestra hang out backstage.

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  • Jack Savoretti tries to conceal the fact that he's quite painfully stubbed his toe.

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  • Sadie and the Hotheads, as Sadie makes sure the Hotheads definitely won't make it into the frame.

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  • Nina Nesbitt keeps cosy in a sensible jumper.

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  • Molly McQueen plays the Hard Rock Rising stage on Sunday July 15.

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  • Marcus Foster holds his guitar close on the Hard Rock Rising stage, Sunday 15 July.

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  • London quartet and Club NME alum Life in Film take to the stage.

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  • James Walsh, another Hard Rock Rising judge/curator, brings the Hard Rock Rising stage to a close.

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  • Edinburgh band Bwani Junction have had an eventful summer already - they played a gig on top of the Forth Bridge in June this year. Head to NME.COM/hardrockrising for more on the event.

    Photo: Damian Prestidge

    Added: 17 Jul 2012