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We will be so lucky: Kylie tops bill at Glasgow 2014 closing ceremony

Kylie Minogue will top the bill at the closing ceremony of Glasgow 2014, it has been announced.

Hampden Park will be transformed from a sports arena to a festival of celebration and song with 2,000 volunteer performers lining up alongside Kylie and Scottish favourites Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie Maclean

The ceremony will feature 160 tonnes of staging, over 3,000 props and 454 flags.

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 Kylie 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. Hailing from Glasgow, Lulu 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 achievement award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE, and his music has featured in Hollywood 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 absolutely amazing time but now we've reached the bittersweet moment when we brace ourselves for the inevitable goodbyes and the farewells. So, after an incredible feast of sport and culture, we're 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're thrilled that such talented artists, both emerging and iconic, have enthusiastically accepted our invitation to join the party to help create an unforgettable night, a send-off for the athletes of the Commonwealth and to the millions of people watching the ceremony around the world who have been Glasgow's guests for the last 11 days."

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

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