Live Nation To Host Concerts In London's Olympic Stadium?
Given her ubiquity there last summer, we’re not sure that Emeli Sande hadn’t already moved into the Olympic Stadium in London. She must have moved out though, because promoters Live Nation are in talks about hosting concerts at the stadium – which will probably see Sande appear back there at some point. That’ll explain the spare toothbrush she left behind.
The Guardian reports that the promoting giants have been looking for a new venue to host some of their biggest shows, after a turbulent summer at Hyde Park saw them veto it as a workable space. Increasingly strict curfews and sound restriction controls ensured a torrid time for Live Nation last summer, with shows from Madonna and Bruce Springsteen, among others, drawing the ire of ticket holders. Subsequently, Live Nation pulled out of negotiations to continue to host shows there between 2013 and 2017 and have since been assessing their options. It’s not clear if they’re discussing an exclusive deal with the Olympic Stadium.
If they do manage to get a deal, it might be galling news for football team West Ham United, who have been in a lengthy legal battle with rivals Tottenham Hotspur over whether either of them should be allowed to use the venue to host their home matches. It was given three months to improve the terms of its deal last month, though many would like to see the venue used for multiple-sports, providing as it would then a true lasting legacy of the Olympic Games that London so successfully held.