London 2012: Duran Duran to play Olympics gig

Duran Duran Duran Duran will represent musical talent from England at the concert

Duran Duran are to play a concert in London's Hyde Park to mark the start of the Olympic Games.

The gig will feature headline acts from all four nations of the UK, with Duran Duran representing England and Snow Patrol appearing for Northern Ireland.

Stereophonics will represent Wales and Paolo Nutini will play for Scotland.

The concert on 27 July will coincide with the Olympics opening ceremony, which will be broadcast on big screens in the park between performances.

"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," said Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon.

"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… We simply can't wait."

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

Tickets for the opening ceremony celebration concert show go on sale on 4 May at 09:00BST.

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At the same time, Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets, east London will broadcast the opening ceremony free to the public on two giant screens.

During the games, highlights of the Olympics will also be shown at both parks.

Another concert marking the end of the Olympics will be held in Hyde Park on 12 August, headlined by Blur.

The "Best of British" lineup also features New Order and The Specials.


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    Comment number 210.

    I can't understand why no one asked Adele or a band like coldplay to be honest.

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    Comment number 209.

    Duran Duran? Much like Simon Le Bon's singing, it's not exactly striking the right note! And is it mere co-incidence that they're featured in the latest BT advert?

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    Comment number 208.

    What's wrong with Mrs Mills?"

    She doesn't conform to recent EU legislation.

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    Comment number 207.

    Cor blimey: don't the organizers know we're having Seventies revival at the moment and the eighties are right out? Hence the wonderful series "The 70's" on BBC2 last night: weak government, social unrest, the Queen's jubilee, dreadful fashions and a small group of men screwing the country for every penny they can get. Sound familiar?
    The only difference: they had good music then!

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    Comment number 206.

    If comments on other news stories are to be taken seriously (Pirate Bay comes to mind) then this concert should be free. After all there are a lot of people who think films, music etc are the property of anyone with internet access.

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    Comment number 205.

    186 Tsunami of Logic
    "Why can't we have some proper music like Elgar"

    The one from the Hovis ad?

    Duran Duran were a pop band from the 80s who had hair that mad them look like those troll dolls.
    The name comes from the Barbella villain Durand Durand.I'm sure you can find some of the music on youtube.

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    Comment number 204.


    Pink Floyd!


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    Comment number 203.

    187. Skoopish
    We all loved Duran Duran in the 80's
    No we didn't.

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    Comment number 202.

    What's wrong with Mrs Mills?

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    Comment number 201.

    " Winger
    I wonder if people can remember just how severe the British press were about the Vancouver Olympics"

    I suspect we'd find it a lot easier to remember if there had ever been an Olympics in Vancouver.

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    Comment number 200.

    10 Minutes ago"Tsunami of Logic
    Who on earth are Duran Duran??"

    Some left wing ne'er do wells that are being subsidised by the taxpayer to promote themselves and their music. Or they are entrepreneurs who through sheer hard work and skill have managed to fleece the public and become rich. You choose.

    Theyre thatche-loving tories!

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    Comment number 199.

    Duran Duran, whether you like them or not, are and have been a very sucessful pop band for decades, and are popular throughout the world.

    Its not a new band show case or Britains got talent, its the Olympics ceromony, its to entertain people, all over the world.

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    Comment number 198.

    What a miserable lot you are!

    Duran Duran remain very popular throughout the World, are great fun to watch live, and have an excellent back catalogue with plenty of songs that everyone knows. So in many ways they are an obvious choice.

    The Olympics should be a celebration and a party and LeBon and co are perfect for that.

    Cheer up!

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    Comment number 197.

    To me ..put on Pink Floyd, their laser and firework shows are awesome. No David Bowie????

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    Comment number 196.

    We've lost a great chance to re-expose and in some cases re-unite former legends, such as Chaka Demus & Pliers, The Reynolds Girls, Del Amitri, China Crisis, Gary Claill and the On U Sound System. Sell a few more of their back catalogues in America and China and we've not only generated a great musical extravaganza but solved our balance of payments deficit too.

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    Comment number 195.

    I wonder if people can remember just how severe the British press were about the Vancouver Olympics. Now London has two phallic symbols as mascots, a 2012 logo that looks like the Simpson's doing fellatio and now missile launchers on rooftops. "Yay world! Come see the London Olympics, where there is a significant enough of a threat to your safety that we have deployed missiles to protect you"! LOL

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    Comment number 194.

    For those of the contributors that never heard of Duran are luckier then you have any right to be.
    For those that think this is a fine line up...a contemporary music education in British talent is really long overdue.
    This line up is just a massive insult to real musicians and bands that do entertain and do it night after night.

    Duran Duran...are they fact are they sane?

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    Comment number 193.

    I thgouth the culture side of the Olympics was supposed to showcase the "Best of British" to the world - I am a Duran Duran fan BUT, there's no way they represent what's good about Britain, unless you define good as making millions of pounds.......

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    Comment number 192.

    i still cannot get over the fact that somebody at the LOCOG entertainments management actually asked the WHO management if they could get Keith Moon to rejoin the band as "nobody could resist the opportunity of playing the closing ceremony" well clever clogs keith's been dead for 35 years ,and Duran Duran we dont all live in the 1980s how about the rolling stones now that would be a concert.

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    Comment number 191.

    "Tsunami of Logic
    Why can't we have some proper music like Elgar,"

    What instrument does Elgar play and in which band?


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