Commonwealth Games: Big music stars confirmed for Closing Ceremony

Jorja Smith and UB40 perform at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony Rex|Shutterstock

Jorja Smith and UB40 take the stage in Birmingham (Image: Rex/Shutterstock)

Jorja Smith, Beverly Knight and UB40 are among the acts set to perform at the 2022 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Birmingham.

The games conclude on Monday (8 August) after 11 days of sporting action with a high-octane production celebrating the West Midlands’ musical heritage.

The Closing Ceremony at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium will feature artists such as Apache Indian, Beverley Knight, Dexys Midnight Runners, Goldie, Jacob Banks, Jaykae and Jorja Smith.

Laura Mvula, Ash, Mahalia and Musical Youth will also perform, along with Neelam Gill, Panjabi MC, Talulah-Eve, The Selecter and UB40.

In homage to one of Birmingham’s greatest exports of the last decade, the closing ceremony will feature a sequence from the highly anticipated theater show Peaky Blinders: The Redemption Of Thomas Shelby.

British singer Mvula will give a special performance of a newly commissioned track inspired by Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand, the TV series’ theme song.

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Beverley Knight is also part of the high profile cast (Image: C Brandon/Redferns)

Program Name: Peaky Blinders VI - TX: n/a - Episode: Long Lead (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Tommy Shelby (CILLIAN MURPHY) - (C) Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd. – Photographer: Robert Viglasky

The show will pay tribute to Peaky Blinders (Image: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky)

Written by show creator Steven Knight and adapted for the stage, the theatrical production will have its world premiere on September 27 at the Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Martin Green, Birmingham Games Chief Creative Officer, said: “With this Closing Ceremony, we wanted to bring together a spectacular line-up of global artists from the West Midlands for an exciting musical production to close an unforgettable 11 days of sport and culture.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Fireworks are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium on July 28, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The Alexander Stadium in Birmingham was the site of the opening ceremony (Image: Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

“The medley of high-quality performances will celebrate the vibrant energy and cultural heritage of this incredible city as we bring these spectacular home games to a fitting conclusion.”

The closing ceremony also includes a formal handover to the Australian state of Victoria, which is hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The past 11 days have been a shining example of the power of sport in strengthening ties between our unique partnership of Commonwealth nations.

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“I want to thank the brilliant volunteers, the roaring crowds and every athlete who jumped, hurdles or wrestled their way to victory for making these Commonwealth Games the best yet.

“And I’m particularly proud of the city of Birmingham for being a fantastic host for the first time, welcoming our Commonwealth friends with open arms – cementing the UK’s well-deserved reputation as a host of major sporting events on the global stage.

“The success of Birmingham 2022 will not only be measured by medals won or records broken, but also by the number of people who will be inspired to play sport and will be able to thanks to this Government’s massive investment in grassroots sport the last few years.

“And when the athletes fly home and the banners fall, it will be the people of the West Midlands who will reap the rewards of the enduring economic legacy these Games have secured, which will boost trade, jobs and growth across the region for one will drive the coming generation.’

The closing ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and will mark the end of an event that saw 4,500 Commonwealth athletes compete in 19 sports and eight para-sports.

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