Snow Patrol at '1982' Olympic opener

Published Tuesday, 01 May 2012
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Snow Patrol will play at a concert to open the Olympic Games - but with Duran Duran also on the line-up, some music fans are asking if the year is 1982.

Snow Patrol at '1982' Olympic opener
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody at their Belfast EMAs gig. (© Getty)

One act from each UK region will take part in the gig at Hyde Park in London on 27 July, which coincides with the start of the London Games.

Chart-topping Bangor band Snow Patrol are representing Northern Ireland, while the Stereophonics will play for Wales, Paolo Nutini for Scotland and Duran Duran for England.

However news that the 80s rockers are headlining the event has puzzled some Twitter users, who have been questioning the band's suitability to represent modern music.

One person wrote: "Duran Duran to headline Olympics gig? Which Olympics - 1982?"

Another said: "Duran Duran to headline the Olympic gig and a manager whose last title was in 1988 gets the England job. What next? Leg warmers & Rubiks cubes?"

Duran Duran formed 34 years ago and are fronted by 53-year-old singer Simon Le Bon.

Perhaps most closely associated with their 1982 hits Rio and Hungry Like The Wolf, they have scored just two top 10s in the past two decades.

In the wake of reports that the Olympic ceremony organisers originally wanted The Who - including drummer Keith Moon, who died in 1978 - another person tweeted: "I'm guessing Duran Duran must have got the call last minute when the London 2012 organisers found out Keith Moon wasn't available."

Tickets for the BT London Live opening ceremony celebration concert go on sale on Friday.

People attending the concert will be able to watch the London 2012 openning as it takes place live on giant screens.

Snow Patrol, whose hits include Run, Chasing Cars and Just Say Yes, rocked Belfast in November 2011 with a performance outside City Hall as part of the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The band are currently in the middle of a North American tour following the release of their sixth studio album, Fallen Empires.

© UTV News
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