Stage closed at British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park, bands pulled from bill

The Barclaycard Theatre was closed at The Libertines show and remains shut at today's McBusted headline gig

A stage at the British Summer Time festival, which has been taking place across the week at London’s Hyde Park, has been closed.

The Barclaycard Theatre has been shut by safety officers due to a technical fault. Yesterday (July 5) at The Libertines headline gig, shows by Swim Deep and Graham Coxon were pulled from the stage because of the problems. Though Swim Deep’s performance was rescheduled elsewhere, Coxon’s set was cut entirely.

British Summer Time have now released a statement about the closure, which reads: “Due to a technical fault in The Barclaycard Theatre, the safety officer has decided to close the venue until necessary repairs are made.” Bands have been cancelled from today’s McBusted headline show, including Lawson and Five, while a number of acts have been rescheduled. Find details below:

Young Kato will now play in Village Hall – 16:50 – 17:15
Hollywood Ending will now play on Summer Stage – 14:00 – 14:20
Wheatus will now play on Summer Stage – 17:45 – 18:30

British Summer Time have added: “We apologise to the artists and to the fans attending today for any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause.” Two more gigs as part of the festival remain, with Neil Young headlining on July 12 and Tom Jones on July 13.

Gig-goers have taken to the festival’s Facebook page to express their disappointment with the closure, with Kirsty Hawkins writing: “Not impressed paid for premium tickets so that we could see lawson and get back in time for mcbusted! Very very very disappointed to put it mildly!”

Phoebe Rodwell added: “Is this because you’ve realised what a stupid idea it is having a 700-800 capcity venue (which you then put bands like Wolf Alice, Swim Deep and Rev and the Makers in yesterday) when you have 63,000 people attending an event?”