Bruce Springsteen to play at Olympic Park for Hard Rock Calling


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Bruce Springsteen will return to London this summer as headliner of  Hard Rock Calling - despite having his set at last year's festival cut short after overrunning.

The US veteran rocker will bring his E Street Band back to the festival when it relocates to the Olympic Park at the end of June.

Kasabian will headline a second night of the event for their only festival appearance this year, whil Paul Weller, The Black Crowes and Klaxons will also feature across the weekend.

Springsteen's show at Hyde Park famously overran last year, forcing organisers to pull the plug on his set while he was joined on stage by Sir Paul McCartney.

London mayor Boris Johnson at the time called the decision - made to comply with late-night noise restrictions - an "excessively effacious decision," while E Street guitarist Steve Van Zandt said Britain had become a "police state".

Promoters of the event went on to lose the contract for Hyde Park gigs and have moved their festival to east London, to what is now known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

But Springsteen appears happy to complete his unfinished business by signing up for another show which will take place on June 30, with The Black Crowes supporting.

Kasabian - whose hits include Club Foot, Empire and Fire - will play on June 29, with Weller, Klaxons, The Cribs and Tribes supporting.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday.