Saturday 16 December 2017

Coldplay to headline Paralympic closing ceremony

Chris Martin and Coldplay to close the Paralympic games
Chris Martin and Coldplay to close the Paralympic games

Coldplay are to headline the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium this summer.

The rock band led by Chris Martin, will join more than 2,000 other performers for the Festival of Flame ceremony at Olympic Stadium on 9 September.

Martin said it was a "great honour" to be asked to play the show, and said his band would try to "close London 2012 in style".

"It will be one of the biggest nights of our lives and we're very excited," he added.

His band formed in 1996 at University College London, and has since gone on to become one of the most successful acts of the last 15 years, topping the charts on both sides of the pond and selling over 55 million records worldwide. Coldplay's most recent album, Mylo Xyloto, was released last year.

The Festival of Flame ceremony is among the 12,000 events and performances across the UK in celebration of the Games, as part of London 2012 Festival.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said he was "delighted" that Coldplay had signed up to help them celebrate the "spectacular" event.

In February it was announced that Blur, would headline a show in London's Hyde Park to celebrate the end of the Olympic Games. New Order and The Specials will also perform at the concert, which will take place in August.

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