Bon Jovi to headline new Hyde Park event

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Bon Jovi to headline new Hyde Park event

Photographer:Suzy Burnet

Chris Swindells - 23 January 2013

For 10 days from the 28 June to 7 July, Hyde Park will welcome some of biggest touring music acts alongside the best in comedy, art and fringe-style performance. The six performances will take place over the two consecutive weekends and midweek entertainment will give visitors the chance to get involved with smaller, more intimate events offering film, music, literature, sport and also a specific family day, to be announced.

The new £5 million festival site in Hyde Park, operated by promoters AEG Live, will revolutionise the space, introducing a village green, a pub, farmers’ market and real lavatories, according to reports at the Evening Standard. To try to reduce noise, which has led to complaints from residents, the main stage will be turned to face slightly farther away from Park Lane.

Bon Jovi will headline the event on 5 July and tickets for that show will be on sale from 9am Friday February 1st. The band famed for hits like 'Livin On A Prayer' were formed by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi in 1983, and have gone on to sell more than 130 million albums worldwide.

Jim King, AEG Live’s event director for British Summer Time, said: “We are so proud to announce this. Bon Jovi epitomise the ambition of our vision, a huge global name who have proved themselves in Hyde Park before.

“This is about raising the game. We take the customer experience we provide at venues like The O2 and recreate that for the best outdoor venue in the world. Our zones will be built like film sets, with quality food and drink, incredible entertainment, theatres, farmers’ markets and great products."

More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The announcement comes just a day after AEG Live's chief competitors Live Nation announced plans to host live events, originally held at Hyde Park, at the London Olympic site in 2013. The pair had been bidding for the Hyde Park contract but removed themselves from what they described as a "flawed" tender process.


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