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Jul 9, 2018

Day 3 - Eric Clapton Round Up!

Day three at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park saw Eric Clapton deliver a timeless performance and the perfect end to a sold-out first week at Hyde Park.

See the day three galler here.

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The legendary rock and blues guitarist and singer-songwriter from Surrey walked onto the Great Oak Stage for his first Hyde Park performance in 10 years and uttered the three words that has been echoing throughout England lately: “It’s coming home”.

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The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee wasted no time, delighting generations of Clapton fans donning tour t-shirts with ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ complete with his full-bodied, much-famed guitar solos before hitting a hearty rendition of the blues classic ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’. 

Clapton was seated to deliver his biggest hits ‘Layla’ and ‘Tears in Heaven’, and showed his fighting-best vocals for ‘Got To Get Better In A Little While’ and the Cream hit ‘Crossroads’.

In ‘Lay Down Sally’ and ‘The Core’ from 1977’s Slowhand - one of Clapton’s most critically successful albums - he brought out Marcy Levy (Shakespeare’s Sister) who co-wrote the songs with him. For the grand encore, Clapton brought out Carlos Santana for ‘High Time We Went’ with Paul Carrack on vocals.

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Earlier, Santana made it impossible for the crowd to stand still with his rhythmic, musically sumptuous set. Carlos Santana called out, “I know it has been a long day in the sun but now is the time to go Santana bananas!

Opening with visuals of Woodstock soundtracked by ‘Soul Sacrifice’, the award-winning musician brought a flavoursome set weaving blues-rock, jazz fusion and Latin and African percussion rhythms. Much loved classics like ‘Oye Como Va’ and ‘Maria Maria’ sent the crowd into a frenzy, while ‘Smooth’ still reigns as Santana’s most iconic hit, sounding every bit as delectable since it first hit the airwaves 19 years ago.

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Steve Winwood made his monumental return to Hyde Park for the first time in 49 years. The last time he performed here was in 1969 as part of Blind Faith - Winwood’s blues-rock band with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech.

Performing with a full band, including a saxophonist and flautist, he alternated between the organ and guitar in a set filled with songs from his bands: Blind Faith (‘Can’t Find My Way Home’), Traffic (‘Pearly Queen’) and Spencer Davis Group (‘I’m A Man’).

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Acclaimed blues-rock and soul musician Gary Clark Jr. brought the vibe of a smoky blues nightclub to the Great Oak Stage. His muscly set, mingled by his rendition of Muddy Waters’ ‘Catfish Blues’ and high-energy electrifying rock songs and slow burning ballads, gave him a chance to shred. In these guitar solos, the Grammy-winning artist lost himself into a trance-like state with his eyes rolled back, conjuring the spirit of Hendrix in front of a spellbound Hyde Park crowd.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real opened the Great Oak Stage. With the sun high and gentle breeze carrying their roots-rock songs across the green park, there really could not have been a more perfect scene-setter for a day of incredible live music. 

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Elsewhere, the Barclaycard Stage hosted a string of crowd-pleasing artists including English national treasures Chas & Dave who came on stage to a rapturous applause before swiftly leading the audience into big sing-alongs for ‘Gertcha’, ‘London Girls’ and ‘Margate’. Folk-Americana band The Wandering Hearts served up honeyed harmonies on tunes from their debut album “Wild Science” and Italian singer-songwriter Zucherro and country soul heartthrob Ryan Kinder wooed a captivated Barclaycard Stage crowd.

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Plenty of music lovers were happy to seek refuge from the heat under the lush oak trees in Hyde Park near the Summer Stage where a host of country and folk musicians played. Roots rockers The Americans, Nashville breakout stars Eric Paslay and Kelly McGrath, and London-based folk duo Ferris & Sylvester gave stellar performances to a receptive crowd that clapped, cheered and swayed along to their new music discoveries. 

Photos by Pooneh Ghana, Rory James and Tom Hancock.

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