Kick-off to the 2010 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner. This is a first for the African continent and if you live in South Africa, you’ll know that there is loads of construction going on. Not just for the stadiums, but also to the public transport infrastructure (Gautrain, Rea Vaya BRT etc). Hotels are being built, refurbished and more. Now besides all the soccer action, billions of viewers around the world will be tuning in to see the opening ceremony concert come the 10th of June- and i can now confirm that Emmy Award-winning producer, Kevin Wall and his company Control Room will be in charge of putting on the three hour spectacular ahead of the first match on the 11th. Listen to my interview with Kevin above and below is the official press release:
Los Angeles, Calif. (October 7, 2009) – FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the international governing body of football, announced today the appointment of Emmy Award-winning producer Kevin Wall and his company Control Room, the world’s leading producer of massive global events, as executive producer of the Official Kick-Off Celebration Concert of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Kicking off the FIFA World Cup on 10 June 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (GMT +2), at the newly-renovated Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg this historic three-hour live concert event will showcase the music, sport and visual pageantry of South Africa. The event will feature musical performances by major international superstars and popular African artists collaborating together, along with special appearances by past and present football legends, and will be broadcast to networks around the world for what is expected to be the greatest entertainment event to date on the African continent. All net proceeds will benefit “20 Centres for 2010”, the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke said, “This is the first time that the FIFA World Cup will be played in Africa and what better way to celebrate such a momentous occasion than with a festival of live music from Africa and beyond. This kick-off celebration will be one of the greatest events of its kind in Africa and a must-see for football and music fans around the world.”
The FIFA World Cup football tournament is the world’s most watched sporting event, and is staged every four years. This is the first time the FIFA World Cup is being held on the African continent, with 32 national teams from all over the world playing matches in ten South African stadiums in the hope of being crowned World Champions. The last FIFA World Cup in Germany attracted a global cumulative television audience of 26.29 billion (24.2 billion in-home and 2.1 billion out-of-home viewers).
“There are few things in life that can kindle such widespread passion as football, but music is without doubt one of them. With this celebratory kick-off event, football fans are in for a huge treat,” said Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.
“The City of Johannesburg has a deep and rich tradition in the arts and is proud to play host to such a premier cultural event. This concert will be broadcast into hundreds of millions of homes around the world and we will do everything we can to help ensure that those attending and watching on TV cherish the experience for a lifetime,” said Amos Masondo, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg.
The international and African artists performing at the official FIFA WORLD CUP KICK–OFF CELEBRATION CONCERT on 10 June 2010, plus special appearances and ticketing information, will be announced at a later date.
Kevin Wall, Control Room founder, said, “We are honored to have been selected by FIFA to organize and produce this first-ever event for the world’s largest sport. We believe sports and music transcend cultural, language and geographic barriers, and through this international event, Control Room will present the sights and sounds of unity and celebration for an unforgettable experience of which all will want to be a part.”
As the executive producer of the FIFA WORLD CUP KICK-OFF CELEBRATION CONCERT, Control Room will develop the creative vision, identify broadcast partnerships, secure global sponsorships, select artists for performances and bring well-known football players, celebrities and culturally significant representatives to participate in this first-ever global event to kick-off this historic FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa. Control Room is led by President Aaron Grosky, co-executive producer of this FIFA event. As well, Lily Sobhani, who served as worldwide events producer for the Live Earth 2007 event, will again take the reigns as a producer.