Kylie Minogue to close Commonwealth Games

Jack Morton, producer of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ceremonies, has announced Australian pop star Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing celebration in Hampden Park on 3 August.

The opening ceremony took place in Celtic Park
The opening ceremony took place in Celtic Park

Organisers have said the football stadium is set to be transformed into a "festival of celebration and song", with Minogue being joined by an array of Scottish performers such as Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie Maclean.

Approximately 2,000 volunteers will also perform among 160 tonnes of staging, 3,000 props and 454 flags, just 18 hours after the finale of the track and field competition. It is expected to be broadcast live to one billion viewers around the world.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: "We are delighted to reveal the glittering line-up of Scottish and international talent joining us in Hampden Park for the closing ceremony.

"There is so much for so many people to celebrate. Our Commonwealth athletes have been inspirational and the people of Glasgow and Scotland will give them and all our visitors a great send-off. Never has a city or its people been prouder or more welcoming."

David Zolkwer, head of ceremonies and artistic director, added: "It’s been an absolutely amazing time but now we’ve reached the bittersweet moment when we brace ourselves for the inevitable goodbyes and the farewells. So, after an incredible feast of sport and culture we’re delighted to invite everyone ‘back to ours’ to party big time, and in Glasgow style.  

"As the Commonwealth Games Federation flag will soon be travelling from Scotland to Australia, our line up naturally reflects that journey. We’re thrilled that such talented artists - both emerging and iconic - have enthusiastically accepted our invitation to join the party to help create an unforgettable night, a send-off for the athletes of the Commonwealth and to the millions of people watching the ceremony around the world who have been Glasgow’s guests for the last 11 days."

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