AEG Live awarded Hyde Park gigs

New contract for six summer concerts

AEG Live awarded Hyde Park gigs

Photographer:Michael Cox

Chris Swindells - 06 November 2012

The five-year partnership will begin in 2013, with six summer concerts planned for each year, although a Westminister Council ruling allowed for nine events each year.

AEG Live is responsible for staging the Coachella music festival in California and the annual RockNess Festival in Scotland.

AEG Live said it planned to bring an "exceptional and ground-breaking" summer festival to Hyde Park while "re-invigorating the venue".

The Royal Parks said it would work "closely" with AEG Live "to agree the final look and feel" of the concerts.

In February of this year a Westminster Council ruling was passed to reduce crowd numbers and make greater provisions for monitoring and controlling noise levels after complaints from locals.

Previously more than ten live events have taken place in Hyde Park every summer, including Live 8 and BBC Proms in the Park, and from 2013 crowd numbers will be reduced from 80,000 to 65,000, and in some cases 50,000.

Live Nation had been bidding alongside AEG Live for the tender but pulled out last month due to what they discussed as a "flawed" tender process.

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.

The end of Live Nation's formal relationship with the park could spell the end for events such as Wireless and Hard Rock Calling.


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