Snow Patrol given permission to play beyond midnight at Hyde Park

The band will be allowed to play until 12.30am at a special Olympics concert on Friday (July 27)

Snow Patrol have been granted special permission to break the infamous Hyde Park curfew on Friday night (July 27).

Earlier this month (July), officials pulled the plug on Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney while they were performing in Hyde Park at the Hard Rock Calling festival. The rock legends had run 10 minutes over the park’s 10.30pm noise curfew for live performances.

The decision prompted widespread criticism, but organisers Live Nation insisted that strict adherence to the deadline is vital if future concerts in the park are to be green-lit by local residents.

However, Westminster Council has granted a special late-running licence for this Friday’s Hyde Park concert to coincide with the opening of the Olympic Games. Snow Patrol have been given the go-ahead for an 80-minute set beginning at 11.10pm, meaning that they will be allowed to play until 12.30am.

The BT London Live gig in Hyde Park this Friday (July 27) will also feature performances from Paolo Nutini, Duran Duran and Stereophonics. Hyde Park will also host a concert to mark the closing of the games on August 12, but it is not known whether headliners Blur have been granted similar permission to run late.