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Black Sabbath to play at London festival

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath Credit: Ian West/PA

Veteran rockers Black Sabbath are the latest headline act to be announced for the British Summer Time festival. The band fronted by Ozzy Osbourne and featuring Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi will play on the opening night of the Hyde Park event on July 4.

Black sabbath made a comeback last year with a number one album and sell-out tour. Osbourne said he's looking forward to the event, because when he first went to London he was impoverished and spent the advance he got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave.

"Returning almost 50 years on we are doing a bit better for ourselves, so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park - the most beautiful park in London - that has opened its gates to so many legends in the past," said Osbourne.

"We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the royals will enjoy it."

Other acts to perform include Soundgarden, Faith No More, Neil Young and McBusted. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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Shoreditch hosts Streetfest 2013

East London will host an urban celebration with a difference tomorrow as Streetfest 2013 comes to Shoreditch. They'll be live performances from a range of artists, musicians and performers. It's the sixth year this event has been held in London and this one promises to be the best so far.

Graffiti in Shoreditch, London. Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment

Festival goers will be able to try a range of sports including BMX riding, skateboarding and inline skating. They'll also be graffiti murals and a mini-ramp jam contest where 20 skaters will compete for a cash prize.

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Kelly Holmes: Live site will "make" London 2012

by London Tonight

Olympic champion Kelly Holmes says a free festival of music and sports being held at parks across the capital will "make" the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Londoners will be able to watch sporting events and concerts hosted throughout the event.

Big screens will go up at Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Potters Fields, Woolwich and Waltham Forest.

The double-gold medallist said it will unleash huge excitement and connect Londoners as they cheer on competing athletes.

Boris announces free cultural events in every borough this summer

The Mayor wants Londoners and visitors alike to experience the city in a new way. Events will run from 21 July to 9 September and will include:

  • Live music and performance, outdoor arts, spectacular and 'pop up' events in high streets, town centres, parks and surprise locations.
  • London's canals will be brought to life by afloating opera staged by the Royal Opera House.

  • Writer and Monty Python star TerryJones and Full Monty composer Anne Dudley will create a new opera inspired by Edward Lear's much loved poem The Owl and the Pussy Cat.

  • The capital's biggest ever street music competition with over 500 of London's most talented11-25 year olds entertaining crowds at prestigious locations aroundthe capital.

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