Wireless and Hard Rock Calling to leave Hyde Park?

Promoter walks away from Hyde Park concerts over 'flawed' tender process

Wireless and Hard Rock Calling to leave Hyde Park?

Photographer:Tim Cheesman

Chris Swindells - 23 October 2012

Live Nation, the world's biggest live music company, is reported by The Guardian to have pulled out of what it branded a "flawed" tender process for a new five-year contract for the prime central London venue.

A formal letter of complaint from Live Nation about the tender and bidding process allegedly raises concerns such as noise restrictions. This June Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band's Hard Rock Calling set at Hyde Park was cut after the band went over a curfew during a duet with Paul McCartney.

Other issues the article suggests Live Nation have highlighted include crowd safety considerations in shutting off Park Lane and unrealistic revenue assumptions.

Live Nation's letter has been delivered to the Royal Parks Agency, an executive agency within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which is running the process.

In February of this year Westminister Council ruled in favour of live concerts in Hyde Park being cut, with smaller crowds and greater monitoring for noise levels.

Live Nation had extra experience of events at Hyde Park in 2012 after adding BT London Live to their regular roster and hosting more than two weeks of live shows there to coincide with the London Olympic Games. These shows included performances from Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Duran Duran, Paolo Nutini, Blur and The Specials.


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