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Olympic Stadium to become music venue

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The Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London is to reopen as a music venue in July 2013, it has been reported.

A number of music events and festivals that would usually take place in London's Hyde Park are to be relocated to the stadium.

Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium

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"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," Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation told BBC News.

Although contracts have yet to be sealed, Hone reaffirmed that final details of the summer events at the Olympic Stadium should be announced in the coming weeks.

Hyde Park was criticised as a music venue throughout 2012 with fans complaining about sound issues during major concerts by Blur and Madonna.

Paul McCartney joins Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on stage
Madonna performs on stage in Hyde Park, London, as part of her MDNA tour

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The park's strict curfew rules also caused problems during the Hard Rock Calling festival, when Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were cut off during a performance.

Meanwhile, concert promoters Live Nation lost their contract with Hyde Park from 2013 until 2017, after rival AEG snapped up the deal.

However, Live Nation UK's Chief Operating Officer John Probyn told NME at the time: "There's a little project that's been bubbling away for a while and I'm really excited about it. It's within London, but it's completely different to Hyde park."

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