Kylie and Jason reunion off, will other Hyde Park gigs survive?
Awful weather claims another victim as Hyde Park pop concert is called off over mudbath
A CONCERT in Hyde Park that would have seen Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan perform together for the first time in 20 years has been called off as Britain's summer of rain continues. And the cancellation has raised concerns about other events planned in central London in the run-up to the Olympics.
Live Nation was forced to pull the plug on the show, due to have taken place tomorrow evening, after last weekend's Wireless Festival turned parts of the park into a mudbath and more heavy rain at the start of the week made things worse.
Organisers had hoped to soak up the water in front of the stage using woodchip but had trouble transporting it into London because of the closure of the M4 motorway, reports the Evening Standard.
Acts from the 1980s and 90s including Steps, Sinitta, Rick Astley and Bananarama had been due to perform at the Hit Factory Live concert organised by Pete Waterman.
He told the BBC: "Police, parks and safety people have said it's completely unsafe at the moment. We saw the damage caused by the Wireless festival at the weekend, but we can't get lorries on to the site to dump bark and mulch on the ground."
Artists including Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Madonna are due to perform in the park over the next few days and a series of concerts are planned before and during the Olympics.
However, the weather forecast for the next two weeks in London is for even more rain and the Standard reports: "Questions remain over a string of festivals being hosted by Live Nation in the run-up to the Olympics."
However, Live Nation insisted that the other events it had planned for the site would go ahead and blamed the "severe and unprecedented" weather and other concerts by artists including Rihanna which had made the site "unfit" for the performance tomorrow.
Kylie Minogue said she was sorry that the event had been called off.