Wireless and Hard Rock Calling move to London Olympic site

Live Nation to stage Olympic Park and Stadium concerts

Wireless and Hard Rock Calling move to London Olympic site

Photographer:Suzy Burnet

Chris Swindells - 22 January 2013

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stadium will host live musical events during the year, with Wireless and Hard Rock Calling the first two to be confirmed for their 2013 schedule. Full details of the music acts and dates to perform at the site will be announced in the first quarter of 2013.

The Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London 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.

After a tense bidding battle Live Nation eventually removed themselves from what they described as a "flawed" tender process for concerts at Hyde Park from 2013 and onwards. Six dates at Hyde Park were awarded to AEG Live and the future of Hard Rock Calling and Wireless remained unsecured.

John Reid, President of Concerts at Live Nation Europe, said: “We are delighted to be staging music concerts at the London Olympics venue, which last year became a globally-recognized site for outstanding performances – both in sport and music. Over the coming weeks, we intend to announce some major concerts with world-renowned artists, to firmly establish the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as the centerpiece for great live music in Europe.”
Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said: “I’m delighted that leading global companies like Live Nation are interested in the stadium and the Park. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them this summer. This deal marks an important stepping stone towards securing a long-term programme of fantastic events that will make Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park a leading destination for Londoners and those who come from further afield.”

Financial terms of the London Olympic venue contract have not been disclosed.


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