Sting will join a stellar cast at the Great North Run Million opening ceremony
on Thursday 4th September, where he will perform in celebration of
the region’s industrial history.
native will perform ‘The Last Ship’, from his critically acclaimed album and
upcoming Broadway play of the same name - inspired by and drawn from his
childhood growing up
Swan Hunter shipyard. Joining Sting on stage will be Jimmy Nail, who also stars
in the new musical, along with some of the region’s most well-known traditional
musicians, including renowned Northumbrian piper Kathryn
Tickell, The Wilson Family and Mercury Music Prize nominees The Unthanks.
project, the first of its kind on Tyneside, has been devised by the creative
geniuses behind the memorable London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic opening
ceremonies and will include pyrotechnics, mass choreography, and an aerial
performance over the Tyne.
Sting and Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler, the event will also feature
performances from multi-platinum selling festival favourites Chase &
Status, narration from Tim Healy and Jill Halfpenny and for the first time in
its existence, the Sage Gateshead will be transformed into a giant screen for
large scale projections of film and animation.
proceedings, the regions favourite entertainers, Ant McPartlin and Declan
Donnelly, will welcome crowds to the celebration.
Ant and Dec
will open the show on the NewcastleGateshead Quaysides, and be a part of a
special ceremony - involving the International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) - which will officially acknowledge the Bupa Great North Run
as the first event in the world to reach its one millionth finish.
Ant said, “We
were the official starters of the Bupa Great North Run in 2010, and for us, the
sheer scale of the event then seemed incredible. When you think about that
happening year on year for over thirty years, resulting in the finish line
being crossed one million times - it really is a special milestone.”
“The show will be like nothing we’ve ever seen on the Tyne before. Obviously,
as a Newcastle fan, I’m looking forward to hearing Mark Knopfler play Local
Hero live, but we’ve heard a little bit more about what to expect and the whole
night will be an epic celebration of everything that has made our region
Anyone who has ever taken part in
the Great North Run, or who has a place in this year’s event, is eligible for
one of 10,000 free tickets for the event, by applying at greatrun.org/ticket_giveaway .
For those not eligible for the free tickets, they are on sale
for the event at www.gnrmillion.org priced at £12
for adults and £7 for children.