Thousands are expected to celebrate the Opening
and Closing Ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at
venues including Glasgow Green and the newly refurbished
The special celebratory events will include live
music, special guests and will allow revellers to watch all the
action from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Celtic Park and
Hampden live on big screens.
Lulu will lead the line-up at Glasgow Green for
the Opening Ceremony, with a host of Scotland’s finest musicians,
including Eddi Reader, James Grant, Rab Noakes, Sarah Hayes, Roddy
Hart & the Lonesome Fire, Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert. Visitors
will also be able to enjoy the very best Scottish food and drink
at Glasgow Green with Scotland’s finest ingredients being
showcased at a food village.
James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food
& Drink said, “We’re thrilled to be involved
in the celebrations at Glasgow Green. A phenomenal selection of
Scottish food and drink producers are set to showcase a diverse
array of indigenous produce throughout Festival 2014 giving
visitors a true taste of the best of Scotland. 2014 is a
tremendous opportunity for Scotland’s food and drink industry to
really promote the best of Scotland’s natural larder to both to
the home crowds and a global audience. We are building a lasting
legacy from the sporting and other major events taking place to
ensure that by 2015 Scotland is truly recognised as a Land of Food
For every ticket
bought for the Opening Ceremony celebration at Glasgow Green, £1
will be donated to UNICEF to support its work with children
in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth.
The Closing Ceremony celebration will give
everyone a chance to relive the highlights of the Games in an
enormous, outdoor occasion with Treacherous Orchestra leading a
rousing party on Glasgow Green, along with surprise and special
guests to see out the Games in style.
The recently reopened Kelvingrove Bandstand will
be the focus of celebrations in the west of the city, with an
Opening Ceremony party featuring Belle and Sebastian. The band was
instrumental in calling for the £2.1 million refurbishment of the
The Closing Ceremony at the bandstand opens with
a new commission from Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, performing
with Tam Dean Burn and multi-instrumentalist, Corey Mwamba. There
will also be rousing classical music from Scottish Opera and
others before the screening of the Closing Ceremony.
The Opening Ceremony celebrations at Glasgow
Green and Kelvingrove Bandstand will mark the start of 12 days of
live entertainment at both venues with hundreds of performers
appearing throughout the duration of the Games.
Councillor Archie Graham, the Executive Member
for the Commonwealth Games, said, “Glasgow will burst into life during Games times and I have no
doubt that everyone will want to celebrate and where better than
in some of our most iconic locations. The eyes of the world will
be on us and everyone will see that Glasgow really does know how
to put on a party.”
The Festival 2014 Opening Ceremony Parties
will come just days after the Queen’s Baton Relay travels around
every part of the city on a three-day journey. At the end of each day, there will be Finish Line Community Celebrations, the first
of which will be in Springburn Park on 20th July, followed by
Victoria Park (21 July) and finally Queen’s Park Recreational
Ground (22 July). Each night, up to 8,000 people will be able to
enjoy free events.
Tickets are on sale from 10 am today (4 June 2014)
and are available
by calling 0844 844 0444 in the UK.
Tickets for the Festival 2014
Opening and Closing Ceremony Parties start at £5, with concession
and family ticket packages available. Adult tickets for the
Opening Ceremony on Glasgow Green are £20, £10 (conc), family
tickets from £40. The Kelvingrove Bandstand Opening Ceremony
Party, with Belle and Sebastian are £25 (adult), £12.50 (conc), family tickets from £55.
Glasgow Green Closing Ceremony
Celebration tickets are priced at £10 (adult), £5 (conc), family
tickets from £20. Kelvingrove Bandstand Closing Ceremony
Celebration tickets are priced at £10 (adult), £5 (conc), with
family tickets from £20.
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