Hands up who was wondering what they were going to do with that London Olympic Park now that the Olympics is actually over. As I type this with one hand, I’ve just learned that the London’s Olympic Park will partly reopen to the public this year for a series of summer rock concerts.
The London Legacy Development Corporation says “the east London park will host the Hard Rock Calling and Wireless festivals in July under a deal with events promoter Live Nation Entertainment.”
Live Nation, part of Ticket Master, will also will hold other concerts in the park’s Olympic Stadium over the summer after gaining exclusive rights to the venue.
The 560-acre (227-hectare) site of the 2012 Summer Games is due to reopen to the public in stages between July and early 2014. I’m told that this is just under the size of a square mile meaning The Olympic Park is almost the size of The City of London.
Live Nation is leaving it’s previous venue in London’s Hyde Park after friction over noise and timing restrictions. Apparently, last summer fans were upset when officials pulled the plug on a Bruce Springsteen-Paul McCartney duet in mid-song.