Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Performance

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will open with a glittering ceremony that will include performances from some of the world’s biggest stars, Susan Boyle, Nicola Benedetti and Amy MacDonald and Rod Stewart.

Organisers are clearly determined that the event will go down in history as one of Scotland’s best, and have drafted in some of the hottest talent around for the bash.

And it will be particularly poignant for home-grown talent Susan, Nicola and Amy, as well as traditional musician Julie Fowlis, as they take to the stage to perform in front of a massive crowed expected to be around 40,000-strong, at the opening night of the Games at Celtic Park on July 23.

On top of that, around one billion people are expected to tune in on TV, as the eyes of the world fall on Scotland for the sporting event.

Pop princess Kylie Minogue has also been confirmed for a five song set at the closing celebrations, which will be staged at the revamped Hampden stadium on August 3.

Chief executive of Glasgow 2014, David Grevemberg, said the announcement of the starry event would take “excitement and anticipation to a whole new level”.

The exciting performances comes just a few months before Susan Boyle embarks on her first US tour.

Kylie is also about to go on the road, when she kicks off her Kiss Me Once tour on August 22, and Rod Stewart is on tour with Carlos Santana throughout July and August, before he goes on a solo tour for the rest of the year.

Nicola Benedetti has a number of big dates booked in throughout the UK over the coming weeks, including the Edinburgh Festival, before jetting off to Sydney for a performance later in the year, and Amy MacDonald is performing throughout Europe this summer.

The Commonwealth Games runs from July 23 until August 3, and will see world-class sportsmen and women compete across 17 sports, including boxing, gymnastics and athletics, lawn bowls, aquatics and judo.

Sprinter Usain Bolt, diver Tom Daly, and Scottish track and field athlete Eilidh Child are just some of the big names in the sporting world who will be competing at the 2014 Games.