Rod Stewart to perform at Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony
Sunday, 13 July 2014
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Singing legend Rod Stewart is set to perform at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony as organisers reveal more star-studded names that have been added to the line-up for the event in Celtic Park.
Stewart was born in London but has close ties to Scotland through his Scottish father and is a regular at Celtic Park to watch his beloved Glasgow Celtic Football Club.
The 69-year-old Grammy and Brit Award winner has been inducted into the United States Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on two occasions - as a solo artist and as a member of the band the Faces.
Joining the rocker on July 23 will be Scottish singer Susan Boyle, who shot to fame in the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent in 2009 and has gone on to sell millions of albums worldwide, and whose performances have been watched more than 300 million times on YouTube.
Other Scottish acts confirmed to appear at the Opening Ceremony are Classical Brit Award winner and violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti, Glasgow singer/songwriter Amy MacDonald and Julie Fowlis, who found global recognition through the songs she performed in the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning film Brave.
"We have always said that the Opening Ceremony will present Glasgow and Scotland to a global audience," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive, David Grevemberg.
"But when we got to welcome an iconic talent like Rod Stewart it takes the excitement and anticipation for the Opening Ceremony to a whole new level.
"We will also be welcoming internationally renowned and acclaimed artists Susan Boyle, Nicola Benedetti, Amy MacDonald and Julie Fowlis on the night.
"They will join the thousands of people who are part of our cast for a unique celebration of the host city and nation which will not only welcome the athletes to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, but which will also be seen and enjoyed across the world."
Around 2,000 volunteers are currently taking part in rehearsals as part of the Ceremonies cast for the Opening Ceremony.
Last month, organisers announced a UNICEF campaign will be featured on the night showing special films recorded by the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Alex Ferguson and Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulker, aimed at raising funds for projects being run across Commonwealth countries.
The Opening Ceremony will also feature a near 100 metre wide and 11m high LED screen erected in front of the South Stand at Celtic Park to broadcast images on the night.
Preparations and rehearsals are also taking place for the Closing Ceremony of the Games due to take place at Hampden Park on August 3.
Tickets are still available for the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony and can be purchased here.
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