The curfew at east London’s Olympic Park has been extended to 11pm ahead of a summer of huge live concerts.
The plan was agreed to by Newham Council, which will relax the rules ahead of the Wireless and Hard Rock Calling festivals later this year. The two events are due to bring in headline performances from Kasabian, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Bruce Springsteen – who famously had the plugged pulled on him in Hyde Park last summer during an onstage collaboration with Paul McCartney after they overran the curfew.
The Evening Standard reports that the curfew will cover the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, Chobham Manor, North East Lawn, South Event Lawn, and South Park Plaza. Councillor Ian Corbett, chairman of the licensing sub-committee, told the paper: “We have considered this very carefully. We have to strike a balance between residents living nearby, whose feelings are very important to us, and concert-goers, who want to enjoy themselves.
“Concerts are a key part of the animation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park post-Games and we believe it’s important we take a commonsense approach. We want these major events to be a pivotal part of the Games legacy – drawing thousands of visitors and providing a huge boost for the local economy. We’re also creating a situation where people will feel good about their community and everyone can play a part in the legacy —and have fun.”
Hard Rock Calling 2013 takes place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, runs on June 29 and 30 and will see Kasabian headline on the first night. They will be supported by a stellar line-up of acts including Paul Weller, Miles Kane, Kodaline, The Cribs, Klaxons and Tribes.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band will then perform on Sunday, June 30, with support coming from The Black Crowes and Alabama Shakes.