Major celebration concerts planned for London 2012 live sites

Hyde Park one of three London Live sites set to stage concerts to mark the opening and closing ceremony of the 2012 Games

olympic torch
Hyde Park will host two celebration concerts next summer Photo: Locog/Getty Images

olympic torch

Two celebration concerts to mark the opening and closing ceremonies of next year’s London 2012 Olympics will be held in Hyde Park.

And two more open-air locations – Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park, near the Olympic Park – will also be transformed into free celebration hubs for the Games, with big screen broadcasts of the action, cultural activities and live music.

Event promoters Live Nation will run the London Live sites in conjunction with the Mayor of London’s office, The Royal Parks and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Headline acts for the celebration concerts, for which ticket prices have not been confirmed, will be announced early next year.

The successful delivery of live sites was highlighted by London 2012 chairman Seb Coe as the biggest lesson he learned from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver while London mayor Boris Johnson is determined to showcase the city as a party destination, in the same way Sydney did so successfully in 2000.

“With the eyes of the world on London for the 2012 Games, we are creating a jam-packed programme of exciting events that will show the city at its very best and ensure as many people as possible across the capital feel a part of the celebrations,” said Johnson.

“With its unbeatable locations London Live will be a thrilling highlight in a summer of highlights, allowing even more people to watch awe inspiring sporting heroes in high definition action for free, and other fantastic attractions for Londoners and visitors alike.”

Each London Live site aims to offer its own unique experience with Hyde Park boasting the UK’s biggest large screen and top music acts while Victoria Park will be more intimate, with an emphasis on ‘have a go’ sports sessions and evening cultural events.

Trafalgar Square will be the main live site during the Paralympic Games but there is no information what, if any, events will now be staged at Potters Fields, beside City Hall, which was originally slated as a live site venue.

“We have a great pedigree of delivering fantastic open air events in Hyde Park and are excited to be working on delivering the same quality events in Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square for Londoners and visitors to the capital for the London 2012 Games. Our aim is to deliver one of London’s biggest Olympic celebrations,” said Live Nation’s John Probyn.

© Sportsbeat 2011

Ian Wright
‘He was the difference’: Ian Wright salutes Man United star after 3-2 win over Liverpool FC
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Mikel Arteta delivers Arsenal update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Paul Merson
‘I cannot believe it’: Paul Merson hits out at Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes: What I think about Liverpool FC’s recent form
Mikel Arteta
Arsenal face competition from West Ham competition for Odsonne Edouard - report
Ian Wright
‘He was the difference’: Ian Wright salutes Man United star after 3-2 win over Liverpool FC
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Mikel Arteta delivers Arsenal update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Paul Merson
‘I cannot believe it’: Paul Merson hits out at Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes: What I think about Liverpool FC’s recent form
Mikel Arteta
Arsenal face competition from West Ham competition for Odsonne Edouard - report
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature