Artist News Gigs & Festivals

Snow Patrol to play Hyde Park concert for the Olympics

By | Published on Tuesday 1 May 2012

Snow Patrol

So the Olympics are getting ever closer people, are you excited? No? But think of all the traffic congestion and endless, unrelentingly tedious telly coverage… only once in a lifetime people. Personally I’m stocking up on my cans of Pepsi, because I wouldn’t put it past Seb Coe and his enforcers to stop all shops in London from selling any drink that competes with official sponsor Coca-Cola.

Anyway, if the congestion, tedious sports pundits talking nonsense and draconian sponsorship enforcers aren’t doing it for you, let’s not forget all the exciting music, and the line-up has been announced for the opening concert in Hyde Park as part of the BT-sponsored, Live Nation-organised, Royal Park-based, Olympics-celebrating live entertainment programme.

And with the oldies headlining the already announced closing show – Blur, The Specials and New Order – what fresh young happening talent will be taking to the stage at the start of the Olympics festivities? Why, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini. Well, probably a wise move, I mean it’ll be August, the kids will be too busy rioting to be enjoying pop music in the park.

The opening show takes place on 27 Jul and look, Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon has said words: “Performing to so many people on the most exciting day in sport for Great Britain will be one of the highlights of the last decade for us. We have been invited to represent England for this Team GB show, and we couldn’t be more proud. Seeing the torch being lit on the big screens before hitting the stage in this iconic location will be a great experience… we simply can’t wait”.