London's Olympic Stadium to host live music concerts this summer?

Reports suggest a multi-purpose future for the stadium

London's Olympic Stadium to host live music concerts this summer?

Photographer:Michael Cox

Chris Swindells - 03 January 2013

With contracts still to be signed, plans are underway to bring concerts traditionally held at Hyde Park to the stadium situated in Stratford, East London reports BBC London News.

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said it was an "exciting" opportunity.

Hone said: "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 27 and 28 July.

"We hope to announce the content in the coming weeks."

The stadium has a capacity of 80,000, making it the third-largest stadium in England behind Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium. It has experience of hosting live music after the London Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies, which featured performances from Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys, Madness, The Spice Girls, George Michael and Orbital.


Hyde Park will next year host six live music events, organised by promoters AEG Live, after a tense bidding battle that saw Live Nation eventually remove themselves from what they described as a "flawed" tender process. The decision could see Live Nation events such as Wireless and Hard Rock Calling move to a new venue and the Olympic Stadium in East London, with improved travel links and fewer noise restrictions, could be a top contender.

Mr Hone is also negotiating a deal for West Ham to move into the stadium, probably for the 2016-17 season after a new system of retractable seats has been fitted, although a final bid is not expected until the end of March.


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