Live Nation, the worlds biggest music promoters, have terminated their relationship with Hyde Park. The company has put on a number of high profile events in the Central London park over the last decade, including Live8, Blur's recent Park Live show, as well as concerts by Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi. The Guardian reports that Live Nation has pulled out of tendering for a new 5 year contract for a number of reasons, delivering a letter to the Royal poarks Agency-
"It is understood that the letter raises issues such as noise – in July Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney's microphones were switched off during a duet due to curfew issues. Other issues understood to have been highlighted by Live Nation include crowd safety considerations in shutting off Park Lane and unrealistic revenue assumptions."
Reaction from fans has been largely unconcerned, with many pointing out the recent terrible standard of sound at Hyde Park -- one commentor of the Guardian's page stating
"Hurrah. Worst concert venue anywhere. I was within a stone's throw of the stage and the sound of the burger vans 400 metres away was louder than Springsteen. Seemed to be the same for anyone who attended gigs there this summer...avoid in future at all costs..."