Tom Jones to kick off free London Live gigs

Welsh singing legend Tom Jones will perform the first free concert at the BT London Live sites during the Olympics, Boris Johnson announced this morning (15 May).

Tom Jones to kick off free London Live gigs
Tom Jones to kick off free London Live gigs

The Mayor of London revealed the news at the BT Tower at the launch of the BT London Live sites, which will host free entertainment, sports activities and Olympic screenings in three outdoor spaces in the capital this summer. They are organised by Live Nation and are a joint venture between the Mayor of London, The Royal Parks and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Jones will play on the main stage at Hyde Park on 28 July, the first day after the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

At the launch, Johnson said: "The atmosphere will be incredible - it’s going to be the place to be in London this summer. There will be entertainments of all kinds, kicking off with a fantastic concert by Tom Jones. All for free."

Entry to the sites at Hyde Park and Victoria Park during the Olympics, and Trafalgar Square during the Paralympics, will be free. Guaranteed entry tickets for Hyde Park and Victoria Park can be reserved online from tomorrow (16 May).

More details were also revealed about activities that will take place at the sites. Hyde Park from 28 July – 11 August will host a music stage presented by Absolute Radio and Magic 105.4, four giant screens and al fresco sports bars, while from 27 July – 12 August, Victoria Park will offer multi-purpose sports courts, zorbing, a BT observation wheel and bungee trampolining.

London Live is also holding two ticketed celebration concerts to coincide with the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies. Duran Duran and Stereophonics are on the bill for the opening concert on 27 July while Blur will headline the closing celebration on 12 August.

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