Saturday, September 25, 2021

Tokyo 2020: Team GB given star-studded homecoming

BBC ONE TO BROADCAST TEAM GB’S HOMECOMING WITH AN EXCLUSIVE, STAR STUDDED CONCERT

To celebrate Team GB’s return from the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, BBC One will broadcast a 90 minute Team GB Homecoming Concert presented by BBC Radio 1’s Greg James and Clara Amfo. The concert, staged by The National Lottery, will be broadcast from The SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday 15 August at 7.30pm and will be filled with the best live music and entertainment from a star-studded British line up.

Bringing the nation together in welcoming home our athletes from Tokyo, this epic show features a stellar line-up with the very best British artists as they’ve never been seen before. Artists including Anne-Marie, Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man and Yungblud will perform alongside, and in collaboration with talent from the worlds of British dance, music and theatre.

Nile Rodgers, the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, as well as multiple Grammy Award and Ivor Novelloe Award winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, and his group CHIC, will perform their iconic song ‘Good Times’, with fellow Ivor Novello winner, Laura Mvula, as a special guest.

There will also be a fully immersive performance from English National Ballet with artist Anne-Marie; Yungblud will sing one of David Bowie’s signature songs, ‘Heroes’ in a collaboration with dance-circus company Motionhouse; and Chickenshed will entertain with its pioneering and inspirational theatre. Laura Mvula will also sing a solo number to the backdrop of Rambert dance company.

In the absence of an opportunity for Team GB’s athletes to attend the Closing Ceremony in Tokyo, the concert will reunite Team GB with friends, family and the Great British public for the first time. In front of a live audience of 8,000 at The SSE Arena, Wembley, including key workers gifted tickets to thank them for their incredible work through the pandemic, the nation will welcome home our Olympians.

The show will be set against a backdrop of magical moments from the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and will be a chance to relive some of Team GB’s very best moments, with exclusive interviews and highlights from the team about their time in Tokyo.

Acts confirmed for Team GB Homecoming Concert by The National Lottery include:

● Rag‘n’Bone Man
● Bastille
● Anne-Marie
● Nile Rodgers with Laura Mvula
● Yungblud
● Griff
● Laura Mvula

 

Greg James said: “As always with the Olympics, I’ve become an expert in events I only think about every four years. I can’t wait to celebrate our extraordinary Team GB athletes and be in front of an actual crowd again. It’s been a long time coming - it’s going to be a brilliant night. Anyway, must go, I’m off to practice shot put”

Clara Amfo said: “It would be understatement to say that the road to Tokyo 2020 has not been easy for Team GB but their dedication and passion to the sports they love has been nothing short of inspiring! I am so honoured to be hosting Team GB Homecoming Concert by The National Lottery with Greg, on what promises to be a brilliant show full of celebration and love! Every single athlete deserves the very best homecoming and what better place than Wembley with these world class artists!”

Team GB Homecoming Concert by The National Lottery is a TBI Media production and was commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment. The Executive Producers for TBI Media are Phil Critchlow and Paul Wright. The Event Executive Producer for TBI Media is Andrew Wyke. The Director is Julia Knowles. The Commissioning Editors for the BBC are Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor, BBC Entertainment and Rachel Davies, Commissioning Editor, BBC Music.

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