2012 summer gigs in London’s Hyde Park will go ahead as planned

However in 2013 the shows in the Royal Park will be cut and capacity lowered

This summer’s shows in London’s Hyde Park are set to go ahead as planned, following reports earlier this week that they might be at risk after complaints from local residents.

Westminster Council’s licensing sub-committee met today (February 17) and reached a compromise over the park’s use as a concert venue. There will be a reduction in the number of events staged in the park in the summer months as well as the capacity of the shows, however, this will not take place until 2013. Next year the number of concerts will be dropped from 13 to 9, while the attendees will be reduced from 80,000 to 65,000-50,000.

A set of new conditions, which have been agreed upon by both Environmental Health and the Royal Parks that will take place immediately include more stewards on site, increased provisions for cleaning the site after shows and more sound monitoring points in order to reassess the volume of music with repetitive beats.

“Legally, as central London’s licensing authority, we have a duty to balance the needs of local residents with the desire of concert organisers to hold events and the compromise that the committee has reached tonight does all of this,” said Cllr Audrey Lewis, Westminster Council’s Licensing Chairman.

“We will monitor the additional noise control measures and continue to work with both concert organisers and residents to ensure this is an effective solution to concerns raised.”

This summer Rihanna and Drake are set to headline Wireless Festival in Hyde Park over the weekend of July 6-8, while Madonna will play the park on July 17 and Bruce Springsteen on July 14.