Rolling Stones have trees and plants installed ahead of Hyde Park gigs

Glastonbury headliners want to recreate leafy scene of their 1969 concert in the park

Rolling Stones have trees and plants installed ahead of Hyde Park gigs

Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

The Rolling Stones are preparing for their forthcoming Hyde Park concerts by having trees installed.

Huge model oak trees have been planted on top of the stage, while bushes have been installing on the sound desk and other equipment. They want to recreate the first time they played in the royal park in 1969.

A source told The Sun: "When Mick and the band looked out from the stage back in the Sixties all they could see was a sea of people and a load of trees, but many of those have been cleared or replanted since. So they want to recreate the woodland. The two oak trees either side of the stage are absolutely massive. They want it to look as authentic as possible."

The oaks are more than 70ft high and around 10,000 branches have been attached to make the stage blend in. This Saturday's Barclaycard British Summer Time gig is the first of two concerts at Hyde Park — almost exactly to the day that the band, then featuring Mick Taylor in the line-up after the death of Brian Jones. The set began with a poetry recital by Mick Jagger, who read a Shelley poem before 2,000 white butterflies were released.

Last Saturday (June 29), the band made their first appearance at Glastonbury, headlining the Pyramid Stage. Commenting on the Stones' absence from the Worthy Farm bill over the years, and the festival's reportedly dogged pursuit of them to headline, Jagger joked "So they finally asked us."

Read More On This Artist

More News
The Strokes deny rumours that they will perform at Glastonbury this year
Method Man on Wu-Tang Clan's 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin': 'Fuck that...
Pharrell Williams: 'I was inspired by Miley Cyrus, not Marvin Gaye, when I wrote...
Major Lazer premiere new track 'Lean On', featuring DJ Snake and MØ - listen
Brandon Flowers, Norah Jones and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino to play at Brian Wilson...
Noel Gallagher mixes new tracks and old favourites at Dublin's 3Arena
Florence + The Machine debut three new songs at intimate London show
Travis Barker says Tom DeLonge 'doesn't like punk music' and that it 'was a...
SoundCloud claim to have paid $1 million to artists and labels since August
James Murphy shares 'Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home' from Noah Baumbach film score
Chris Brown’s girlfriend dumps him via Twitter
Madonna calls Kanye West a 'brilliant madman' and 'beautiful mess'
David Gilmour announces first UK and Europe tour for nine years
Animal Collective to record new music later this year
O2 Priority Tickets for Super Furry Animals and Garbage available now
BBC Radio DJ Nihal criticises "all white" Radio 1 and "all black" 1Xtra
Midweek chart update: Noel Gallagher at Number One with new album 'Chasing Yesterday'
San Cisco's Nick Gardner to miss start of band's tour after shooting himself in the foot
Top festival boss claims Florence + The Machine will only 'do one UK festival this year'
Reading & Leeds boss: 'We can't put a bill together based on gender'
Mark E Smith on lack of working class people in music: 'It's Tony Blair's fault'
Noel Gallagher defends Alex Turner comments: 'His interviews are lacklustre'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM