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Tour de France Opening Ceremony, 3 July 2014


The Tour de France 2014 Opening Ceremony and Team Presentation will see the biggest stars from the world of cycling grace the stage as part of a spectacular live entertainment event – it’s a chance for spectators to become a part of history.

2014’s Opening Ceremony will be the biggest in the history of the Tour, taking place at the Leeds Arena on the evening of July 3, just two days before the Tour’s Yorkshire Grand Départ gets underway. Yorkshire will welcome all 22 of the world’s best cycling teams, including the stars of British cycling, in a glittering ceremony showcasing some of the county’s top entertainment talent.

Yorkshire band Embrace will headline the event, their first arena gig since their recent sell-out comeback tour and album. Additionally, the orchestra and chorus of Opera North will perform music specially created for this event throughout the ceremony, conducted by composer, Philip Sheppard, who composed music for London 2012.

There are also ambitious plans underway for bells across Yorkshire to ring out as part of the Opening Ceremony, marking the official start of the Yorkshire Grand Départ. From church bells to bike bells, this 2-minute ‘Big Ring’ will have the whole community participating together in what will become an unforgettable and magnificent display of noise; hopefully the beginning of a lasting and successful tradition.

3 July 2014

  • Elodie Manceau
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