Kylie, Lulu and Deacon Blue to play Games closing ceremony

POP superstar Kylie Minogue will top the bill at the closing ceremony of Glasgow 2014.

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Hampden Park will be transformed from a sports arena to a festival of celebra-tion and song with 2000 volunteer performers lining up alongside Kylie and Scottish favourites Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie MacLean.

The ceremony will feature 160 tonnes of staging, more than 3000 props and 454 flags.

Australian Kylie is one of the most successful artists in the world, topping the charts since beginning her career in 1987. She has released 45 singles and sold 68 million records worldwide.

This year she released her 12th studio album, Kiss Me Once, and will soon embark on a 33-date tour.

Lulu, who entertained the crowds at Glasgow Green during the opening ceremony will also appear. The star, who was brought up in Dennistoun, has had number one records in every decade, both as a solo artist and collaborating with other artists.

Deacon Blue, one of Scotland's most successful bands with six million album sales, 12 UK top 40 singles and two number one albums, will also take to the stage.

Dougie MacLean, whose nostalgic song Caledonia is beloved by many Scots and people around the world, will also be appearing. He has received a lifetime achieve-ment award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE, and his music has featured in films such as Last Of The Mohicans.

The line up also includes Glasgow synthpop band Prides.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: "We are delighted to reveal the glittering line up of Scottish and international talent joining us in Hampden Park for the closing ceremony.

"There is so much for so many people to celebrate. Our Commonwealth athletes have been inspirational and the people of Glasgow and Scotland will give them and all our visitors a great send-off.

"Never has a city or its people been prouder or more welcoming."

David Zolkwer, head of ceremonies and artistic director, said: "It's been an amazing time but now we've reached the bittersweet moment when we brace ourselves for the inevitable goodbyes. So, after a feast of sport and culture, we are delighted to invite everyone 'back to ours' to party big time, in Glasgow style.

"As the CGF flag will soon be travelling from Scotland to Australia, our line up naturally reflects that journey. We are thrilled that such talented artists, both emerging and iconic, have enthusiastically accepted our invitation to join the party to help create an unforgettable night."

The ceremony will be broadcast live on the BBC and to a television audience of one billion in 71 Commonwealth nations and territories.

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