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Lulu and Belle and Sebastian to headline Glasgow 2014 gigs

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Image caption Thousands of people are expected at the Glasgow Green opening ceremony celebration event

Lulu is to headline a special musical event at Glasgow Green to coincide with and celebrate the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Others acts lined up for 23 July event include Eddi Reader and James Grant.

Glasgow band Belle and Sebastian will headline another opening ceremony celebration event at the revamped bandstand in Kelvingrove Park.

Celebration events will also be held at both venues to mark the Games' closing ceremony on 3 August.

'Momentous event'

Lulu said: "The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are going to be amazing. Glasgow has much to shout about this year - and I look forward to cheering our sporting heroes on to success at the Games.

"I am delighted to join thousands of Glaswegians and those from across the Commonwealth on Glasgow Green to celebrate the opening of such a momentous event.

"My home city has an incredible, worldwide reputation for friendliness and enjoying a good-old get together. The Opening Ceremony Celebration on Glasgow Green is the perfect occasion to invite everyone to join the party."

Image caption Lulu will headline the Glasgow Green event on 23 July

Other acts at the Glasgow Green event include Rab Noakes, Sarah Hayes, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire, Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert.

A special food village will also be set up to showcase and sell Scottish food and drink.

Organiser Glasgow 2014 said that for every ticket sold for the Glasgow Green event, £1 would be donated to the United Nations children's organisation Unicef.

Belle and Sebastian supported the campaign which led to the £2.1m refurbishment of Kelvingrove Park bandstand.

The band's Stuart Murdoch said: "The bandstand at Kelvingrove Park is like a dream within a dream. We are very pleased to be playing there."

The Glasgow Green and Kelvingrove celebrations will mark the start of 12 days of live entertainment at both venues.

Access will be free out with the opening and closing ceremonies.

Tickets for both events will start at £5 and go on sale from 10:00 on Wednesday.

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