LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – Live Nation has filed a legal appeal following a recent decision by London’s Royal Parks to renew AEG’s contract to bring concerts to Hyde Park, Billboard is reporting.
The legal filing seeks to challenge Royal Park’s handling of the bid process for a six-year permit to stage concerts in the central London park where AEG has staged the British Summer Time concert series since 2012, says the publication. Hyde Park is one of eight parks owned by England’s royal family and managed by the Royal Parks non-profit, which oversees 5,000 acres of parkland across London.
The lawsuit comes after AEG wrapped its seventh season at the park with a concert by Robbie Williams on July 14. The annual six-concert series held in central London’s Hyde Park has featured everyone from The Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift as well as Blur, Black Sabbath, The Who, Bon Jovi and Neil Young.
Earlier this year, Royal Parks rejected a competing bid from Live Nation and renewed AEG’s contract to stage concerts at the park through 2025, extending a deal first signed in 2012 and re-upped for two additional years in 2017. The contract to stage had previously been held by Live Nation since 2001, however, the promoter dropped its 2012 bid to stage concerts at Hyde Park in protest of noise requirements and “flawed” logistical demands by Royal Parks, according to Billboard.