Stratford's brand spanking new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is currently being rebuilt and transformed into a serious alternative to West London's Hyde Park, as a venue at any rate. Already confirmed to test out the new grass is Wireless Festival with Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, set to take place in July - but if it's stadium rock monsters you want, read on.
Hard Rock Calling 2013 has been announced and it looks like a beauty. The two-dayer will celebrate its move from the sensitive Hyde Park environment to the more up-and-at-'em East London quarter for an unmissable weekend.
Kasabian will headline the Saturday (29th June), while Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will return to the city that cut him short in 2012 for the Sunday headline slot.
Supporting Kasabian is a string of big names, including Paul Weller, Miles Kane, Kodaline, The Cribs, Klaxons and Tribes - that is quite a roll-call right there.
Springsteen's support is less about quantity but still packed with quality - Alabama Shakes, whose UK concert action this year is currently at a minimum and the evergreen Southern rockers The Black Crowes. And then, of course, The Boss will take to the stage for another of his Olympic-sized live shows that hopefully won't upset the local council. Good on him for coming back, by the way.
Tickets for Saturday will cost £45.00 whereas Sunday tickets will be £62.50 (both subject to booking fee). So when divided up between the bands, it means less than a tenner an act on the Saturday and just over twenty quid for each on the Sunday!
[TICKETS: 08/3/2013 9:00]. Like Wireless, demand for tickets will be huge so be prepared!