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PRS members including Laura Mvula join Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

The ceremony will air live on BBC One on Monday 8 August to close the 11 day event.

Liam Konemann
  • By Liam Konemann
  • 8 Aug 2022
  • min read

Birmingham 2022 have announced the line-up that will perform at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games tonight, Monday 8 August. 

Developed by Tawbox creative directors Amber Rimmel and Bronski, the ceremony aims to celebrate the musical heritage of the West Midlands. Some of the region’s biggest acts are set to perform, with Apache Indian, Beverley Knight, Dexys Midnight Runners, Goldie, Jacob Banks, Jaykae, Jorja Smith, Laura Mvula, Mahalia, Musical Youth, Neelam Gill, Panjabi MC, Raza Hussain, Talulah-Eve, The Selecter and UB40 all slated to appear. 

The show will also feature a tribute to major Birmingham cultural export Peaky Blinders. A sequence drawn from the upcoming stage show Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby will include a special performance of a newly commissioned track from Laura Mvula, inspired by Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand, which has been the TV drama’s theme tune since its inception. 

Martin Green, chief creative officer of Birmingham 2022, says: ‘With this Closing Ceremony, we wanted to create a spectacular line-up of global artists from the West Midlands for an exhilarating musical production to conclude an unforgettable 11 days of sport and culture. The medley of high-octane performances will celebrate the vibrant energy and cultural heritage of this incredible city, as we bring these spectacular home Games to a fitting end.’

Birmingham 2022’s Closing Ceremony will also include a formal handover to the state of Victoria, Australia, who will be the hosts for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.