We are currently trialling our new-look independent.co.uk website - please send any feedback to beta@independent.co.uk


Editorial: Satisfaction from the Stones guaranteed – barring a curfew

Local residents have been victorious in their bid to stop the fun at Hyde Park, but couldn't an exception be made for these vintage rock n rollers?

This summer there will be fewer rock concerts in London’s Hyde Park, in response to complaints from residents in pricey Mayfair about the noise.

Among the events that are not being transferred to the Olympic Park, however, it emerged yesterday, will be a concert with the Rolling Stones topping the bill. What will Mayfair do? Will they be good sports, invite their friends round and host retro parties on their terraces? Or will they expect the council to cut off the microphones at 22.30 sharp, as they did – to the fury of Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney – last year?

With snow threatening again yesterday, summer still seems far away. But an even better plan, come July, might be a plea for the amplifiers to be turned up one last time, to get the whole country a-rockin’ and a-rollin’ – as it did when the Stones made their last, vintage, Hyde Park appearance, oh so long ago, in 1969.