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Live Nation quits Hyde Park over noise and curfew issues

Concert promoter Live Nation is pulling out of Hyde Park after more than a decade of putting on events there. The live music company, which has hosted a raft of concerts and festivals including Hard Rock Calling, Wireless and the Bruce Springsteen concert this summer, has cited issues including noise restrictions and curfews for the decision, The Guardian reports. The company has reportedly written a formal letter of complaint to the Royal Parks Agency over the tender process for the new five-year contract for the central London site, dubbing it "flawed".

The Damned’s Smash It Up: “It’s about frothy lager… hardly a call to revolution”

“This is when Captain found his ear!” In 1979, the reformed London punks were shunted off to a studio to “make some noise” – result: a hippy-baiting powerpop hit of complex proportions.

Sunken Treasure: on Wilco’s 20th anniversary, Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What’s Your 20?

Around the turn of the millennium, Jeff Tweedy merrily nurtured a reputation as a contrarian. How best could a man, sanctified as the archetype of what was once called alt-country, confound his fans? With antsy powerpop? Radio static? Fifteen-minute ambient noise jams? The recruitment of a fiendish avant-jazzer to take over on lead guitar? A song for a Spongebob Squarepants movie?

Glastonbury Day 3: Massive Attack

The witching hour draws near on Sunday night in Glastonbury. Time for local heroes Massive Attack to bring the noise to the Other Stage before it goes dark for another year.
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