Springsteen to do Hyde Park not Glastonbury

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band are headlining the Hard Rock Calling event in Hyde Park, London on 28 June 2009. They'll be joined by Dave Matthews Band and New Jersey's newest heroes The Gaslight Anthem.

This is the first time The Boss has played a festival in the UK so expect tickets (available at 9am 13 February) to sell very, very fast.


Along with Blur, Springsteen has been hotly-tipped for a Glastonbury appearance since last year. But, with the Hard Rock event falling on Glasto's much coveted 'old-timer' Sunday night slot, a few questions have been raised.

Eavis and co could, of course, stick The Boss up on Saturday 27 June, leaving Neil Young (another rumoured hopeful) the final day's encore. Although a Blur/ Springsteen/Young triple-whammy doesn't exactly scream 'hip and happening.'

On the other side of the coin - with the fact that Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band are in the same country on the same weekend - a Glasto slot could very easily be described as a 'no-brainer.'

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).