Following recent curfew controversy, Snow Patrol have obtained a late license for their BT London Live gig at Hyde Park on Friday (July 27).
The band will be allowed to play until 1am due to the fact that their show is part of London's Olympic opening celebrations.
Concert organisers and bands came under scrutiny following Hyde Park's Hard Rock Calling event after Bruce Springsteen’s late-starting set was cut-off before the rock legend had put down his guitar as organisers were forced to follow set curfew rules.
Snow Patrol’s forthcoming show in the Park won't face similar issues now that the band has been granted permission in advance to play late. They will take the stage at around 11.10pm.
Audrey Lewis, licensing chairman of Westminster City Council, explained the 'exceptional' circumstances under which the license was granted: "The opening night of the Olympics is clearly an exceptional evening and the Hyde Park show on Friday is timed to run around the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
"It is not a case of a straightforward concert night at Hyde Park. We took that into consideration when granting the application. It is clearly different from commercial shows that run throughout other parts of the year."
Friday’s concert is part of the BT London Live series and coincides with the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. It will also feature acts including Duran Duran, Paolo Nutini and the Stereophonics, representing England, Scotland and Wales respectively whilst Snow Patrol will represent Northern Ireland.
The related concert in Hyde Park on August 12, that coincides with the Olympics closing ceremony and is headlined by Blur, has also been granted a 1am curfew.
Source: Contact Music