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Duran Duran Get Olympics Concert Call Up

They'll be joined by Stereophonics, Snow Patrol and Paulo Nutini in Hyde Park...

Duran Duran are among the acts that have been confirmed for a concert to mark the start of the London Olympics.

The 1980s pop legends will be joined by Stereophonics, Snow Patrol and Paolo Nutini on stage in Hyde Park on 27 July for BT London Live's Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert.

One act has been chosen from each nation in the UK, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In a statement, Duran Duran's English lead singer Simon Le Bon said: "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. 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."

And Northern Irish band Snow Patrol's Johnny Quinn said getting the call-up was "an honour".

The performances will be timed around the live broadcast of the opening ceremony.

BT is also sponsoring another gig in Hyde Park to coincide with the closing ceremony on 12 August, which will see Blur supported by The Specials and New Order.