Duran Duran and Stereophonics on bill for Olympic opening concert

Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics and Paolo Nutini have been announced as the headliners for the Olympic opening ceremony concert at the BT London Live site in Hyde Park.

Duran Duran and Stereophonics on bill for Olympic opening concert
Duran Duran and Stereophonics on bill for Olympic opening concert

The 'Team GB' concert will take place on 27 July, at the same time as the opening ceremony for the London Olympics which will be broadcast on big screens between acts.

The headliners – English rockers Duran Duran, Northern Irish band Snow Patrol, Welsh group Stereophonics and Scottish singer Paolo Nutini – have each been selected to represent their part of Great Britain.

The ticketed gig will launch the London Live sites, which will offer free entertainment and Games screenings in Hyde Park and Victoria Park during the Olympics and Trafalgar Square during the Paralympics.

Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran said: "Performing to so many people on the most exciting day in sport for Great Britain will be one of the highlights of the last decade for us. We have been invited to represent England for this Team GB show, and we couldn’t be more proud. Seeing the torch being lit on the big screens before hitting the stage in this iconic location will be a great experience."

Jonny Quinn, the drummer for Snow Patrol said: "Living in London and everything, with all the excitement, it's certainly an honor to be part of it. I think it will be very special."

During the concert, the London Live site in Victoria Park will broadcast the opening ceremony in full on two huge screens for free.

Tickets for the London Live opening ceremony concert go on sale on Friday (4 May) at 9.00am from btlondonlive.com.

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