September 2, 2012 12:27

Rihanna to join Coldplay at Paralympic Games closing ceremony

They will reportedly perform their song 'Princess of China' in East London

Rihanna to join Coldplay at Paralympic Games closing ceremony
Rihanna is set to play a set of her own before joining Coldplay onstage at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

They will apparently play their collaborative track 'Princess of China' at the event at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London on September 9, as well as a performing a number of their own songs.

The closing ceremony has been named the 'Festival Of Flame' and will draw on the themes of earth, wind, water, fire and ice.

Coldplay singer Chris Martin said of the show: "Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympic athletes in London is such a great honour for us. Kim Gavin and Misty Buckley are working hard to put on a spectacular Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony for the athletes and spectators in the stadium, and everyone watching around the world, and we are so happy to be involved."

On the day of the closing ceremony, musicians will take to bandstands across the UK to play versions of Coldplay's track 'Viva La Vida' at 2pm (BST) as part of The Bandstand Marathon.

The Paralympic opening ceremony had an "enlightenment" theme and was narrated by Ian McKellen and Dr Stephen Hawking. It also featured a performance of Ian Dury's 1981 track 'Spasticus Austisticus' by dance duo Orbital and the Graeae Theatre Company, before concluding with a rendition of 'I Am What I Am' by soul singer Beverley Knight.

The event attracted a peak audience of over 11 million viewers on August 29. According to The Guardian, a total of 10.9 million viewers tuned in to Channel 4 to watch the event between 8.45pm and 9pm. For a five-minute window during that period, the audience rose as high as 11.2 million.

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