Coldplay’s hit anthem “Viva La Vida” will ring out around a popular borough park as the London 2012 Games officially come to an end.
Frontman Chris Martin – whose rock band is set to perform at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games – has given the green light for the tune to be played as part of a national initiative to mark the end of the London 2012 Festival.
The Bandstand Marathon, staged by Superact and Making Music, features more than 500 simultaneous live music performances across the country on Sunday, 9 September – the last day of the Games.
The song – meaning “live life” or “long live life” – kicks off a performance at Brampton Park in Newcastle by the award winning Trentham Brass Band.
Home-grown musicians will play a variety of music from 2-5pm. Admission to the event, organised by the Friends of the Borough Museum and Art Gallery, is free.
Sonia Johnson, the group’s secretary and treasurer, said: “As a rapidly growing group we thought the Bandstand Marathon would be a wonderful way to join up with all visitors to the park.
“Brass band music is just the thing to get people moving – hopefully we will see lots of dancing in the park which is a great way to keep fit. It’s going to be a great afternoon.”
A Victorian magic lantern show and free children’s activities will be available at the Borough Museum and Art Gallery from 2pm thanks to the Heritage Open Days campaign.
Visitors will also be given exclusive access to areas not normally open to the public.