Bruce Springsteen has been confirmed as a headliner for this summer’s Hard Rock Calling event after his performance last year was famously cut short by organisers when he unsurprisingly ran well over curfew.
The controversial move was a very public display of the pressures being felt by Hard Rock Calling promoters who had been fighting hard to secure the festival’s long-term future in Hyde Part in the face of complaints of excessive noise and disruption from both residents and the local council.
A tentative agreement was reached between the two parties to allow Hyde Park’s live music calendar to continue as planned in 2012, but organisers were warned of severe penalties should the new terms be breached, leading to a few twitchy fingers as Springsteen went on late into to the night whilst topping the Hard Rock bill last July.
But with Hard Rock now in a new home across London at the Olympic Park, Springsteen has agreed to return for a second headline performance in two years, and will be joined at the summit of the line-up by Kasabian over the weekend of June 29th-30th.
Paul Weller, Klaxons, The Cribs, Tribes and The Black Crowes have also been selected for 2013.