Guide To The Olympic Park
Now that the excitement of the London 2012 Olympics is over what will happen to the amazing venue? Well it is being transformed into London’s newest urban park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, by the London Legacy Corporation and it will be host to all sorts of events this summer. The North park will open July 2013 and the South half by spring 2014.
Many of the iconic buildings will keep their original purpose like the Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and The Copper Box and will be open to the public with the aim of encouraging participation in sport. However, that said there are loads of non-sporting events happening as well so if you are in London this summer why not head down to the much rejuvenated area of London and relive the Olympic fever.
Hard Rock Calling – 29th – 30th June
What better way to celebrate the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park than with a massive rock festival. Some big names will be there like Kasabian, Bruce Springsteen and The Black Crowes, celebrating not only the anniversary of the Games but also 40 years of Hard Rock.
The Summer Stampede – 6th July
In their first really, really big gig is Mumford & Sons at The Summer Stampede. And if that didn’t convince you then how about some of the others on the line up like Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes.
Yahoo! Wireless Festival – 12th – 14th June
With a slightly more R&B sound the Yahoo! Wireless Festival has Justin Timberlake and Jay Z headlining. Alongside these two legends of pop will be Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and Calvin Harris. A festival not to be missed.
Electric Daisy Carnival – 20th July
For lovers of club music is the Electric Daisy Carnival. Some of electronic music’s leading and globally recognised talent, at this one night only festival, such as headliners AVICII and Tiësto as well as Hardwell, Alesso, Madeon and Angello. Prepare to party all night.
Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games – 26th – 28th July
A thrilling commemoration of the London 2012 Games will be the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. Three days of world class athletics; which will see the return of many Olympic Champions to the Stadium and surrounds. So why not cheer on your favourite athletes in an amazing setting?
Open East Festival – 27th July – 28th July
The Open East Festival is more of an arts festival with performances and workshops from Theatre Royal Stratford East, Boy Blue Entertainment and Ida Barr as well as a mini travelling art circus, the Art Car Boot Fair and an Eco Design Fair.
Prudential RideLondon – 3rd – 4th August
A two day bike festival, what could be better in the August sun? With fun rides past some of London’s most famous landmarks, as well as amateur and professional races. The big race is the 100 mile course that roughly follows the same route as the 2012 Games cycle road race through parts of scenic Surrey.