Sports and concerts to run until 11pm at Olympic Park in Stratford

A graphic of how festivals may look in the North Park.

A graphic of how festivals may look in the North Park. - Credit: Archant

Music concerts will be able to run until 11pm at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from this summer.

Newham councillors gave their approval at a licensing sub-committee meeting as the council is the licensing authority for most of the park.

The curfew is half an hour later than other venues in the capital such as Hyde Park in a move designed to head off the situation seen last July when organisers had to pull the plug when concerts overran because the licence stopped after 10.30pm.

The decision comes into force on June 1 which means it will apply to the Hard Rock Calling festival due to take place in the park in Stratford at the end of that month featuring Bruce Springsteen and Paul Weller, and the Yahoo! Wireless festival starring Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.

The licence also covers plays, film showings, and indoor sports at the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, Chobham Manor, North East Lawn, South Event Lawn, and South Park Plaza.

Cllr Ian Corbett, chair of the committee, said: “We have considered this very carefully.

“We have to strike a balance between residents living nearby, who feelings are very important to us, and concert-goers, who want to enjoy themselves.”

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Newham Council negotiated with the London Legacy Development Corporation and Live Nation to run the events.

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