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Wet Wet Wet to play BBC at the Quay

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Image caption Wet Wet Wet will be playing their only Scottish gig this summer.

Eighties chart toppers Wet Wet Wet are to play a free gig in Glasgow as part of the 16-day BBC at the Quay festival coinciding with the Commonwealth Games.

The Clydebank band, who will perform at Pacific Quay on 28 July, are the latest to be added to the programme designed to celebrate Glasgow 2014.

It will be Wet Wet Wet's only Scottish date this summer.

A band spokesman said: "We are thrilled to be returning to our home town of Glasgow."

A 27 July solo performance by country rock legend Steve Earle and a 31 July gig featuring London electronic rockers Public Service Broadcasting are already sold out.

Earle is supported by Irish folkster Sharon Shannon and her Big Band and Scottish singer-songwriter Roddy Hart.

'Momentous occasion'

The 31 July event featuring bands championed by BBC Introducing also includes Scottish indie outfit PAWS and Glasgow synth-popsters Prides.

It will be broadcast live on BBC Scotland, as will the appearance by Wet Wet Wet, who said they were delighted "to be taking part in what can only be described as a momentous occasion".

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Image caption A solo performance by Steve Earle is already sold out.

Wet Wet Wet, fronted by Marti Pellow, formed in 1982 and their string of hits included "Love Is All Around", which spent 15 weeks at number one in the UK charts.

"To be involved in the Commonwealth Games through music and to celebrate the games arrival in our city is an honour," the band spokesman added. "We can't wait."

'Something for everyone'

Glasgow soul band Big Vern and the Shootahs, who are celebrating 25 years together, are also playing a non-ticketed gig as part of BBC at the Quay.

A number of BBC television and radio shows will be making special broadcasts during the festival, including the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw, The One Show and Celebrity Mastermind.

Other musical highlights during the festival are live performances by folk artists Rab Noakes, Siobhan Miller, Capercaillie and Shooglenifty, while a jazz night features funk saxophonist Maceo Parker and the Asian Network presents Raghu Dixit, Tigerstyle and Rax Timyr Productions.

Project executive Sharon Mair said: "We are so close to the opening of BBC at the Quay and it's great to be able to announce Wet Wet Wet to the line-up.

"We are excited about welcoming everyone to the Quay and whether they are just soaking up the atmosphere on site, or going to see one of the shows, there really will be something for everyone."

Viewers able to watch Wet Wet Wet's performance online at bbc.co.uk/thequay, while the performance will also be available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days.

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