Rockers first band announced for summer show
Michael Baggs

13:50 23rd January 2013

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Bon Jovi is the first act confirmed to perform at this summer's Hyde Park series, it has been confirmed today.

The big-haired, eighties rock legends will perform in the central London park on 5 July. Tickets for the gig go on sale on Friday, 1 February 2013. The gig is part of the rockers' 2013 tour, which also includes dates in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Sunderland and Glasgow. Full dates are below.

The band are performing the first show in the Barclaycard British Summer Time event, which will see ten gigs take place between 28 June and 7 July, 2013. Gigs will take place in the central London park on 28, 29 and 30 June and 5, 6 and 7 July.

More shows taking place in Hyde Park are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, and this announcement comes just days after it was revealed that major Hyde Park shows, Wireless and Hard Rock Calling would be moving to the Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2013 after a troubled season in 2012.

Wireless Festival and Hard Rock Calling are to take place at the Stratford venue this summer, following complaints of noise from nearby residents in 2012, plus a number of curfew issues which marred shows by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Blur for many fans. Promoter Live Nation is working with the London Legacy Development Corporation on the move of live events.

See a video of the press conference below

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Speaking of the move, the Mayor Of London and and London Legacy Development Corporation chairman Boris Johnson said in a statement: "Our vision for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has always been as a destination for world-class sport as well as for major cultural and leisure events, and last summer the world saw what an amazing venue we have created with our iconic stadium, sports facilities and new parklands.

Tickets for Bon Jovi's July show go on sale on 1 February, 2012. Full UK tour dates are as follows. For more information visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.

June 2013
8th - Manchester Etihad Stadium
9th – Birmingham Villa Park
12th – Cardiff City Stadium
13th – Sunderland Stadium of Light

July 2013
3rd – Glasgow Hampden Park
5th - London Hyde Park

Below: Jon Bon Jovi samples Irish alcohol on trip to Dublin

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