Future of Hyde Park concerts in doubt after Live Nation pulls out over 'flawed' bidding process
Rob Hastings is Deputy News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010, and also writes travel articles, music reviews and features. In 2015 he shortlisted for the Washington Post’s Laurence Stern Fellowship for a series on reportage features from Iran.
Monday 22 October 2012
The future of concerts being held in Hyde Park is in doubt after the world’s largest live music reportedly pulled out of the bidding process over noise restrictions.
Live Nation, which holds the Hard Rock Calling and Wireless festivals in the central London park, withdrew its offer to the Royal Parks Agency saying that the bidding process was “flawed”.
Concerns over curfews limiting the length of gigs and how loud music can be played are said to be part of the company’s complaints, following a duet by Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney being cut short last year. Visitor logistics and ticket revenues are among other contentious issues.
Gigs have proved unpopular with residents living in upmarket apartments nearby the park, despite concerts only being held on up to 25 days a year.
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