British music icons Duran Duran and Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi are among the artists set to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, U.K.
Iqbal Khan, Artistic Director of the Opening Ceremony, on Wednesday unveiled the music line-up that will provide the soundtrack for the ceremony.
Returning to the city where their four-decade career began, Duran Duran will draw the Opening Ceremony to a close, performing four much-loved tracks from their catalogue.
The ceremony will feature some of the city’s most celebrated artists as well as its emerging talent on stage.
Birmingham’s multi-Grammy winning Tony Iommi and acclaimed saxophonist Soweto Kinch will lead a dream sequence, Hear my Voice, based on the title track from 2020 film Trial of the Chicago Seven, reimagined by Birmingham-born RnB vocalists Indigo Marshall and Gambimi.
Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and mezzo-soprano Samantha Oxborough will perform the U.K. National Anthem, supported by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, while musicians from The Royal Marines deliver a rousing trumpet fanfare.
The inaugural ceremony, to be held at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on July 28, marks the formal opening of the Games – the largest multi-sport event held in the U.K. since 2012.
Both the opening ceremony and closing Ceremony will be broadcast live on BBC One and iPlayer.
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