Pete Waterman’s Hit Factory Live, which was due to take place tomorrow (July 11th) in London’s Hyde Park, has been cancelled, with “unfit” conditions cited as the reason behind the decision, Music Weekhas reported.
The combination of last weekend’s Wireless festival and an onslaught of heavy rain has rendered the Hyde Park turf uneven and unsuitable for tomorrow’s event, bringing untold misery and despair to literally tens of people anticipating the prospect of a Kylie Minogue/Jason Donovan duet; the pair’s first in 20 years. However, this weekend’s Hard Rock Calling shows, featuring Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon, is set to go ahead as planned.
Organisers said in a statement:
‘Following the severe and unprecedented weather conditions across the country the site was declared unfit this morning to host the concert. The decision was made following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities and the safety advisory group. The safety of our customers, performers and production crew is of utmost importance and the decision was made unanimously. The potential risk to staff and music fans was too great for the event to go ahead.
Live Nation and The Royal Parks sincerely regret the disappointment caused by this cancellation.’
John Probyn, Live Nation COO 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 24hours 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 17th 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.’
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These are the scheduled events:
Hard Rock Calling – July 13th, 14th, 15th
Madonna – July 17th
BT London Live Opening Ceremony Concert – July 27th
BT London Live – July 28th – August 11th
BT London Live Closing Ceremony Concert – August 12th
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