Snow Patrol will feature in the event's opening ceremony. Rowan Miles/EMPICS Entertainment

It's official: Snow Patrol to headline Olympic concert

The Northern Irish band will be joined by the likes of Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini at the opening ceremony.

THERE WILL BE a retro feel at a concert to mark the start of the 2012 London Olympics, with 1980s heartthrobs Duran Duran and Snow Patrol among the headliners.

Organisers said Tuesday that Duran Duran, which had hits three decades ago with songs including “Rio” and “The Reflex,” will represent England at the July 27 concert in London’s Hyde Park, which features acts from each of the four parts of the United Kingdom.

Lead singer Simon Le Bon said the show would be “one of the highlights of the last decade for us.”

The other headliners are Snow Patrol from Northern Ireland, Stereophonics from Wales and Scotland’s Paolo Nutini.

The games’ opening ceremony, taking place across town at the Olympic Stadium, will be broadcast on giant screens at the gig.

Tickets go on sale Friday.

Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy.

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