London Olympic Stadium To Become Music Venue
East London stadium to take on the mantle of Hyde Park for big gigs...
London's Olympic Stadium is to be re-born as a music venue this July, it has been revealed.
The Stratford venue will become home to a number of large gigs and festivals which would otherwise have been held at Hyde Park, the London Legacy Development Corporation told BBC News.
Chief exec Dennis Hone said: "The exciting thing for us is that we have the opportunity to put on some major events in the park - some music events and festivals and an anniversary weekend on 27 and 28 July."
He also revealed that more projects and dates were in the pipeline, and would be revealed soon.
Hyde Park has been criticised as a music venue, with claims of poor sound quality and inadequate facilities from fans attending gigs by Blur and Madonna.
The park's strict curfew has also caused Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney to be cut off when they played there.
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