March 28, 2013 16:51

Kaiser Chiefs and Bush to support Bon Jovi at Hyde Park

Full support line-up announced for London show in July

Kaiser Chiefs and Bush to support Bon Jovi at Hyde Park

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Kaiser Chiefs and Bush are among the bands supporting Bon Jovi when they headline Hyde Park in London later this year.

Bon Jovi have been announced as the first headliners for a brand new series of events in Hyde Park with the rockers performing on July 5 as part of Barclaycard British Summer Time – a 10-day long event across two weekends from June 28 to July 7. There will be six concerts hosted in that period, taking place on June 28, 29 and 30 and July 5, 6 and 7.

It has today (March 28) been confirmed that Kaiser Chiefs will be one of the support bands with '90s Britrock band Bush also performing on the day. Elsewhere in the July 5 line-up will be The Futureheads, Rival Sons, Little Barrie and Charlie Simpson.

Last year, promoters AEG Live have won the five-year contract to host concerts at the prestigious site in central London, after fellow promoters Live Nation lost the tender process, following complaints about noise and curfew restrictions and unreasonable financial expectations put upon them by The Royal Parks, which owns the site.

A new tree-lined stage designed to fit in with the surrounding park, called The Great Oak Stage will be moved away from neighbouring residential areas, which organisers say will improve sound levels by 3db. The venue saw a problematic summer season in 2012, including the cutting short of Bruce Springsteen's performance with Paul McCartney and the complaints about low volume at Blur's August gig due to sound regulations imposed in the interest of local residents. Bon Jovi themselves said they turned down the chance to play Hard Rock Calling in order to play Hyde Park. "We were offered to open the Olympic venue but I wanted to play Hyde Park," said Jon Bon Jovi.

Complaints about noise in Hyde Park had almost doubled since 2008, promoting a review of the venue's licence to host events. In February 2012, Westminster Council reduced the number of concerts held annually at Hyde Park from 13 to nine. It also cut the number of people who could attend events from 80,000 to 65,000 – and, in some cases, to 50,000.

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