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
James Blake to release new single '200 Press' and poem - listen
AC/DC's Phil Rudd makes bizarre court appearance in New Zealand
Rihanna denies reported album announcement details
Jimmy Page cites performing with Leona Lewis as his greatest achievement outside of Led Zeppelin
St Vincent's 'St Vincent' named NME's Album Of The Year 2014
Killer Mike rails against Ferguson verdict in emotive pre-gig speech - watch
Pulled Apart By Horses share cover of Slade's 'Merry Christmas Everyone' - listen
Seasick Steve announces new album 'Sonic Soul Surfer' and UK tour
Metallica to headline Reading and Leeds 2015, Jamie T and Run The Jewels also on the bill
Kurt Cobain documentary executive produced by Frances Bean set for 2015
Paramore's Hayley Williams duets with former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams - watch
Retailers and independent labels call for weekly worldwide album release day to be Monday
The Libertines decline to comment on Glastonbury rumours
Hop Farm promoter Vince Power wins High Court case against PRS following live music ban
Prince deletes his social media accounts and removes videos from YouTube
Justin Bieber named highest-earning entertainer under 30 by Forbes
Caribou and Patti Smith added to Field Day 2015 line-up
O2 Priority tickets for System Of A Down, Of Mice And Men and more available tomorrow
Iggy Pop: 'I twerk around the house with my wife'
All We Are preview debut album material at Jack Rocks The Macbeth
Guitar signed by Noel Gallagher to be auctioned at London's Independent Label Market
The Courteeners announce Heaton Park show for June 2015

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM