Coca-Cola has today revealed it will be taking some of the nation’s best loved music acts on tour around the UK to perform along the route of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, culminating in an incredible 80,000 capacity celebration concert in London’s Hyde Park on 26th July, the day before the Opening Ceremony.
The line-ups for three of the Special City Celebrations – presented by
• London’s Hyde Park on July 26th – headlined by Dizzee Rascal, and featuring The Wanted, a special performance by Mark Ronson & Katy B, Eliza Doolittle, You Me At Six, Rizzle Kicks, Wretch 32, Morning Parade, Loick Essien, Little Comets
• Cardiff’s Cooper’s Field on May 25th – featuring You Me At Six, Emeli Sandé, and Kids In Glass Houses
• Glasgow’s George Square on June 8th – featuring Eliza Doolittle, Emeli Sandé and General Fiasco
• Leeds’s Temple Newsam Park on June 24th – featuring Friendly Fires, Tribes and Little Comets
• Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park on June 30th – details of line up coming soon
The events are all part of 66 nights of celebrations taking place along the Olympic Torch Relay route - 61 Evening celebrations plus five Special City Celebrations presented by
Tickets for the event in London’s Hyde Park will cost £15 (plus order processing fee) and go on sale at 9am on Thursday 29th March 2012. Tickets to Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham events are free. To register for or purchase tickets, visit http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/coca-colacelebrations
Further details about the 61 Evening Celebrations, including which artists are performing and how to will be released ahead of the Olympic Torch Relay. Information regarding the route can be found at http://www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay
James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay,
“As a Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay we have a fantastic opportunity to bring music and celebration to every corner of the UK as the Olympic Flame progresses its journey. We are taking some of the nation’s best loved musical talent on the road for an incredible 66 night tour to give young people across the country the chance to Move to the Beat and participate in the magic of London 2012. We’re encouraging everyone to join in celebrating the Future Flames who have carried the Olympic Flame through their communities by registering for tickets to their local events and the finale celebration concert in London’s Hyde Park.”
These exciting events mark the next step in
Anywhere In the World – the song created by Mark Ronson and Katy B – will be released for sale on May 13th 2012, and fuses the actual sounds of Olympic sports with music in Mark’s unique and innovative style. To produce the track, Mark travelled the globe, meeting five young athletes and recording their individual sounds of sport to provide the beats of the song. They will perform the song live at the Hyde Park event on 26th July.
Dizzee Rascal said: “I'm looking forward to hooking up with Coke to bring music to Hyde Park at the end of the Olympic Torch Relay. Young people out there make a really positive difference and now we can recognise and celebrate them with music. It’s wicked so get a ticket, see you there"
Eliza Doolittle said: “It’s great that Coke is bringing music to people all along the route of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and celebrating all the positive things teens are doing across the UK. I can’t wait to perform in Glasgow and the amazing finale in London. Bring your friends and family and enjoy!”
Emeli Sandé said: “I’m thrilled to be part of Coke’s Olympic Torch Relay celebrations and can’t wait to share in the excitement and energy that the Olympic Flame will bring to the UK.”
General Fiasco said: “The Olympic Torch Relay is an amazing chance for everyone around the UK to experience the buzz of The Games and we can’t wait to partake in the celebration of the inspirational Future Flames who are running with the Olympic Torch.”
Katy B said: “London 2012 such a huge moment for the UK and I can’t wait to help spread the excitement along the route of the Olympic Torch. I’m especially looking forward to performing Anywhere in the World, the song for the
Kids In Glass Houses said: "We can't wait to get involved with the Olympic Torch Relay. Coke is getting some huge music acts to play all around the country to celebrate all the inspirational young people out there. Everyone should register for tickets to join the party!"
Labrinth said: "London 2012 is nearly here and I'm so hyped to be helping Coke bring music to so many places across the UK. Everyone needs to get involved and celebrate the amazing young people running with the Olympic Flame. UK all day! It's gonna be mad fun!"
Loick Essien said: “The Olympic Games are almost here! It’s going to be an awesome summer for the UK and I’m really excited to be playing these events to help Coke celebrate the brilliant achievements of young people everywhere.”
Little Comets said: “"When we were asked to perform alongside the Olympic Torch Relay we were delighted. To be involved with the celebrations for these seminal games is pretty unique and a wonderful opportunity for every member of the community."
Mark Ronson said: “Move to the Beat™ is all about getting teens excited about London 2012 by tapping into their passion for music and fusing it with sport.”
Morning Parade said: “"Coke's plans to take music across the country with the Olympic Torch means everyone in the UK gets to experience the excitement of London 2012. We're really looking forward to playing; it's going to be a special performance.”
Rizzle Kicks said: "We can't wait to bring our live show to
Tribes said: “Coke’s plans to take music across the country with the Olympic Torch means everyone in the UK gets to experience the excitement of London 2012. We’re really looking forward to playing; it’s going to be a special performance.”
Tom Parker from The Wanted said: “Coca-Cola’s City Celebrations are going to be an incredible mix of music and sport. We are so excited to be performing. This is a chance for everyone in the UK to experience the magic of The Games. Get a ticket and get involved!”
Wombats said: “We’re so happy to be among the acts bringing music to the Olympic Torch Relay in the North-West with
Wretch 32 said: "I'm feeling dead proud to be playing such a massive event. When the Olympic Torch Relay finally comes to London
You Me At Six said: “We helped Coke pick the inspirational Torchbearers that are going to run with the Olympic Flame and it’s amazing that we now get to celebrate them with these amazing concerts as they run the route of the Olympic Torch Relay. We can’t wait to see everyone in London! This show is going to be huge.”
Young Guns said: “We can’t wait to play these shows in celebration of the Future Flames running with the Olympic Torch. With London 2012 just around the corner, it's a chance for everyone around the UK to join in and Move to the Beat in the spirit of the Olympic Games. See you there!"
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About the Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations
To register for the chance to get free tickets for the Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds or Birmingham City Celebrations, or to purchase tickets to the London Hyde Park finale, please visit http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/coca-colacelebrations.
Further details about the 61 Evening Celebrations, including how to attend are currently being finalised. More information will be available through www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay nearer to the start of the Olympic Torch Relay.
What is the Olympic Torch Relay?
The Olympic Flame is one of the enduring symbols of the Olympic Games, representing peace, unity and friendship. As it is carried around the UK for the Olympic Torch Relay it will bring the spirit of the Games to everyone.
Lit in Olympia, Greece, in a traditional ceremony, the Olympic Flame will be taken on a short relay in Greece before arriving in the UK on 18th May 2012.
On a 70-day journey across the UK, the Flame will be carried by 8,000 Torchbearers, generating excitement as it makes its way to London and the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The Flame will come within a one-hour journey for 95 per cent of the population of the UK – with entertainment, shows and concerts marking its arrival at each stop.
What is an Olympic Torchbearer?
Olympic Torchbearers will run one leg (approximately 300 metres) of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which takes place between 19th May and 27th July 2012.
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