“Unfit” Hyde Park forces organisers of Hit Factory Live to cancel

Live Nation and The Royal Parks have been forced to cancel The Hit Factory Live concert that was due to take place in Hyde Park today.

Following the severe and unprecedented weather conditions across the country the site was declared unfit yesterday morning. The decision was made following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities and the safety advisory group with the potential risk to staff and music fans considered too great for the event to go ahead.

John Probyn, chief operating officer, Live Nation, said: “The moment the Wireless Festival ended, we put in place a massive plan to prepare the site for tomorrow. Eight thousand cubic metres of wood chip is currently being put in place and over the past 24 hours crews have started to make the site safe for our customers. Despite best efforts time has beaten us, but I want to reassure that Hard Rock Calling concerts with Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon, plus Madonna on July 17 and the BT London Live Opening Ceremony Celebration concert and the events will go ahead.”

Steve Edwards, Hyde Park manager, added: “Woodchip is being laid on the concert site as part of plans to ensure concert goers can be welcomed back as soon as possible. We are confident that the action being taken will enable Hard Rock Calling and the remainder of the summer concert series to go ahead as planned.”