I should be so muddy: Kylie and Jason Hyde Park reunion concert cancelled

Bad weather forces cancellation of Hit Factory Live, a concert that was to celebrate the music of Stock, Aitken and Waterman

The miserable summer weather has continued to take its toll on the live music scene, forcing the cancellation of Wednesday's concert in London's Hyde Park devoted to a celebration of the work of Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

The one-off show was to feature a duet between Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, but following the severe and unprecedented weather conditions across the country the site was declared unfit on Tuesday.

Concerts in Hyde Park for later in the month – including appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon this weekend and Madonna next week – are still scheduled to take place.

John Probyn of promoters Live Nation said: "The moment the Wireless festival ended, we put in place a massive plan to prepare the site for tomorrow. Eight thousand cubic metres of wood chip is currently being put in place and over the past 24 hours crews have started to make the site safe for our customers. Despite best efforts time has beaten us, but I want to reassure that Hard Rock Calling concerts with Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon, plus Madonna on 17 July and the BT London Live Opening Ceremony Celebration concert and the events will go ahead."

The Evening Standard reported on Monday that the ground at Hyde Park has been ruined after it was hit by heavy rain and trampled by thousands of music fans at Wireless.

Dave Saltman, managing director of turfing experts Maxwell Amenity, told the Standard: "The surface has emulsified. In other words, the foot-fall combined with the rain has destroyed the soil structure. If the damaged areas were allowed to dry, then raking, aerating and overseeding would normally suffice.

"However, this is Hyde Park [in constant use] and with the Olympics three weeks away, the park will not recover quickly. Unfortunately, the forecast for the next two weeks at least is more inclement weather, which won't allow the ground to dry out and be worked easily."

Bad weather was also partly blamed for the cancellation of Bloc 2012 at the London Pleasure Gardens in Docklands on Friday night.

Other acts scheduled to appear at the Hit Factory Live gig on Wednesday included Rick Astley, Bananarama and Steps, an act signed to PWL records in the post-SAW era, Pepsi & Shirlie, Sinitta, Princess, Sonia and 2 Unlimited, as well as Dead or Alive – the act that gave SAW their first No 1 in March 1985 with You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).

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Caspar Llewellyn Smith

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