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Ryder Cup Gala opening

See a fantastic mix of contemporary music and Scottish talent to celebrate the arrival of The Ryder Cup in Scotland in September.

On Wednesday 24 September, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow will play host to an awe-inspiring fusion of vibrant colour, stunning lighting and spectacular performances for the one-off Ryder Cup Gala Concert.

Contemporary artists, including Jake Bugg, Nile Rodgers, Texas, Amy Macdonald, Twin Atlantic, Nina Nesbitt, Eddi Reader and Midge Ure will collaborate for the first time with world renowned talent from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland, all curated by celebrated Creative Director, Kim Gavin. Select acts will be performing unique collaborations with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Flashes of fashion, bespoke short films and never-before-seen live performances will build the tension and excitement around The Ryder Cup 2014. The audience will also get to see the European and USA Teams, meet for the first time live on stage, alongside captains, Paul McGinley and Tom Watson.

Tickets for the concert go on general sale on Saturday 19 July at 10am and will be available from and and by calling 08444 999 990 or 0844 395 4000.

This is your chance to see a great mix of music and much more:

Jake Bugg released his self-titled debut album in late 2012 and hit the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart. A stunning live performer, Jake’s hits include ‘Lightning Bolt’ and ‘Two Fingers’ and he was the penultimate artist to headliners Arctic Monkeys at this year’s T in the Park festival.

Co-founder of disco legends Chic, Nile Rodgers will be taking part in a one-off collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to perform hits including ‘Le Freak’, ‘Good Times’ and a unique version of Daft Punk chart topper ‘Get Lucky’.

Having sold over 35 million albums to date, Texas are one of Scotland’s most successful musical exports. Collaborating with the RSNO for the first time, the audience will see the band perform a selection of their hits as never seen before in the UK.

Fresh from her stunning Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony performance, Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald will also be appearing at the Gala Concert, performing favourites from her catchy folk-rock repertoire such as international No. 1 single ‘This Is the Life’.

Almost three years and over 300 gigs since the release of their silver-selling, debut album, Radio 1 favourites Twin Atlantic have made a new mainstream record ‘Great Divide’ that marries their incredible energy live with a more mature approach to songwriting acknowledging their long-held love of pop.

Lead singer Sam McTrusty managed to get his hands on the Ryder Cup trophy. “I’ve just been holding the Ryder Cup! Golf has been part of my life longer than music has and in more of a personal way. But golf has really taught me lots – everything I’ve learned from golf I’ve then put into being in a band. You don’t stand on the tee and hit the ball straight 330 yards without practising for years before that.”

Nina Nesbitt and The Ryder Cup

Nina Nesbitt and The Ryder Cup

One of Scotland’s most exciting new talents, Nina Nesbitt, has gained a huge fanbase whilst taking her sun-soaked folk-pop tunes around the globe.

Known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career, Eddi Reader is the recipient of three BRIT Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts.

Midge Ure, perhaps best known for writing Vienna when he was lead singer with Ultravox, continues to perform around the world and is recognised as the musical force behind Live Aid. Plus, Danny Wilson will reform especially for the evening to perform ‘Mary’s Prayer’.

For the first time live on stage at the SSE Hydro, Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s national dance company will perform a passionate duet sequence from Jealousy. Choreographed by James Cousins, Jealousy is a powerful duet, set to the haunting melody ‘O God protect me’ from experimental composer Ben Frost.

The National Theatre of Scotland will present an excerpt of critically acclaimed show, ‘Glasgow Girls’. Based on a true story, it follows a group of seven teenage girls whose lives are changed forever when they arrive at school one day to be told that one of their friends – and her asylum seeking family – have been forcibly taken from their home to be deported.

Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Andrew McTaggart will perform Dark Island, a traditional Scottish song, arranged and accompanied by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark.

Representing Scotland around the world, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is made up of some of the country’s most talented classical musicians.

The RSNO will also be playing a selection of works by renowned composer Craig Armstrong, providing the soundtrack to a bespoke short film created by Kim Gavin, especially for the audience on the night.

A much-anticipated event in the sporting calendar, The Ryder Cup returns this year from 23 to 28 September to its roots in Gleneagles, the very place it started 93 years ago.


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