Lords of Lightning announced as part of Great North Run celebrations

Event will celebrate millionth runner to finish the half marathon and more acts are being announced all the time

The Lords of Lightning, will perform at the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony
The Lords of Lightning, will perform at the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony

Man-made lightning strikes will light up the River Tyne as part of a celebration of the Great North Run.

The Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony is being held on the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides in September to celebrate the half marathon’s millionth finisher this year.

As part of the show, the Lords of Lightning will use four million volts of electricity to send lightning bolts between two performers dressed in special metal suits.

The show, created by New Zealander Carlos von Camp, is part of a diverse night of entertainment that will also include music from Mark Knopfler, Chase and Status and the Unthanks, mass choreography, a light projection onto the side of the Sage Gateshead and a history of North East “world firsts” written by acclaimed author David Almond. The show has been put together by artistic director Bradley Hemmings, the man behind the opening ceremony at the London Paralympics.

Anyone who has ever taken part in the Great North Run, or who has a place in this year’s event, is eligible for one of 10,000 free tickets for the event. People can apply at greatrun.org/ticket_giveaway.

For those not eligible for the free tickets, they are on sale for the event at www.gnrmillion.org priced at £12 for adults and £7 for children.

The Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony will also be broadcast on BBC2 on September 7 as part of the Great North Run coverage.

Seats have gone on sale for VIP seating areas providing some of the best views of the event.

Seats are available at Quayside restaurants Baltic Six and Cafe 21, with packages also available at the Baltic’s Riverside Suite, the Live Theatre, the Broad Chare, the Baltic Kitchen and the Undercroft Bar.

For more information contact rebecca.luckley@trinitymirror.com or telephone 0191 201 6092.


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