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London 2012: Little Comets at Olympic torch concerts

Rob Coles from Little Comets
Image caption Little Comets played at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in Swindon in 2009

A band from Newcastle has been chosen to play at the Hyde Park Olympic torch relay finale concert in London.

Little Comets will share the stage with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, The Wanted and Katy B at the concert at Hyde Park on Thursday, 26 July.

The band will also play at five overnight torch celebrations in the North East including their home town.

Lead singer Rob Coles said he was "over the moon" when he heard the news.

Evening celebrations will take place at Alnwick, Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough and Kingston-upon-Hull when the Olympic torch has an overnight stay.

Mr Coles was just about to have his tea when he received the call from his manager saying the band had been chosen.

He said: "As soon as we found out we'd been chosen, we were absolutely over the moon. It was a lovely boost and we were straight on the phone to tell everybody."

'Homely band'

Mr Coles, 29, with his brother Michael Coles, 27, and bass player Matthew Hall, 25, played to more than 3,000 fans at the Leeds and Reading festivals in 2011.

The singer said: "That was a fantastic experience and it was hard to comprehend because it was after we came off the stage that we realised we had been playing to that many people.

"We'll be fixated on Hyde Park, so we won't underestimate the size of our audience there.

"We've never done anything on that big a scale before."

The five consecutive gigs in the North East should not put too much of a strain on the lads though.

Mr Coles said: "We're quite a homely band, so we'll try and get back home after each gig.

"I think we feel pretty fortunate to make music for a living because it's what we've always wanted to do.

"It's a good way for everybody to be a bit more involved in the Olympics and that it's not just a London-centric thing," he added.

The band is hoping to release their next album Life Is Elsewhere in August.

Award-winning rapper Dizzee Rascal will headline the event in London that will also feature The Wanted, Mark Ronson and Katy B, Eliza Doolittle, You Me At Six, Rizzle Kicks, Wretch 32, Morning Parade, Loick Essien alongside Little Comets.

The concert will mark the end of the Olympic flame's journey across the UK.

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