Olympic Stadium To Open As Music Venue
The BBC has reported that the Olympic Stadium in London will reopen in July as one of the city's largest live music venues. The contracts are yet to be finalised but the site will host large scale concerts that would normally take place at Hyde Park.
The decision has come after major sound complaints during concerts from Madonna and Blur last year. Hyde Park’s strict curfew rules also meant that Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were cut off during a performance at the Hard Rock Calling festival.
It has been widely speculated that the concerts at the new venue will be run by Live Nation who lost their contract with Hyde Park to rival AEG. Live Nation UK's Chief Operating Officer John Probyn told NME recently, "There's a little project that's been bubbling away for a while and I'm really excited about it. It's within London, but it's completely different to Hyde park."
Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, also recently told BBC News, "The exciting thing for us is that we have the opportunity to put on some major events in the park - some music events and festivals and an anniversary weekend on 27th and 28th of July."
Although contracts have yet to be sealed, Hone reaffirmed that final details of the summer events at the Olympic Stadium should be announced in the coming weeks.
Published: 07 January 2013