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REBECCA FERGUSON, TUESDAY 31 JULY, HYDE PARK

ALEXANDRA BURKE, THURSDAY 2 AUGUST HYDE PARK & VICTORIA PARK

AMY MACDONALD FRIDAY 4 AUGUST HYDE PARK

ALYSSA REID, SUNDAY 5 AUGUST HYDE PARK & VICTORIA PARK

WATCH THESE SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND ALL THE SPORTING ACTION LIVE FROM THE OLYMPIC PARK

BT London Live is proud to announce a quartet of female pop chart-toppers: Alexandra Burke, Rebecca Ferguson, Amy Macdonald and Alyssa Reid presented by Absolute Radio (Official National Radio Station of BT London Live), Magic 105.4 (Official London Radio Station of BT London Live) and Kiss (Official London radio station of BT London Live). R'n'B star Alexandra Burke will be performing at Hyde Park and Victoria Park on Thursday 2 August as part of the London’s biggest FREE celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Also added to the bill is the soul sensation Rebecca Ferguson, who will be performing at Hyde Park on Tuesday 31 July, Scottish songstress Amy Macdonald will be at Hyde Park on Friday 4 August and Canadian singer Alyssa Reid who will be at both Hyde Park and Victoria Park on Sunday 5 August.

Since winning The X Factor in 2008 Alexandra Burke has become a multi-record selling pop R'n'B artist. The British star had her first hit, reaching Christmas no.1 back in 2008, with 'Hallelujah' and has gone onto become one of the leading female artists in the UK. Following the release of her platinum selling track 'Bad Boys' (2009) and recent hit single 'Elephant' (Feb 2012), Alexandra's eagerly awaited second album Heartbreak on Hold was released this month.

Another former X Factor star to join the bill, Rebecca Ferguson won the hearts and votes of millions of viewers as runner-up in the seventh series of the show in 2010. Famed for her soulful and amazingly powerful voice, the songstress from Liverpool has gone on produce top 10 hit single 'Nothings Real But Love' and has co-written her debut album Heaven (released in December 2011). The album received high praise and glowing reviews from critics and fans alike, charting at No.3 in the UK and has just recently made onto the Billboard 100 in the US.

Amy Macdonald shot to fame in 2007 with the release of her debut album This is The Life, an album that sold over three million copies, with the single track charting No.1 in over six different countries. Now one of Europe's biggest selling singer songwriters, Amy has played to over half million fans and has had phenomenal success across the globe. Amy’s third album Life in a Beautiful Light was released on 11 June.

Canadian singer / songwriter Alyssa Reid shot to fame after a YouTube video of her singing a Justin Bieber track went viral, and was soon discovered by her record label. In February 2012, Alyssa’s debut hit single 'Alone Again' (featuring P. Reign), sampling Heart's 'Alone', reached No.2 in the UK Official Chart.

BT London Live Hyde Park and Victoria Park has something for everyone, from live music to watching the 100 metres final on a 160m2 screen, the 55m high BT Observation Wheel in Victoria Park giving views of the Olympic Park, have-a-go sports, plus al-fresco Sports Bars and much more. A great line up of artists has already been announced, they include: Tom Jones, McFly, The Feeling, Feeder, Dodgy, The Levellers, Cast, Amy Macdonald, Paul Carrack Kenny Thomas and the cast of 'We Will Rock You'. For updates and details of days they are performing go to: www.btlondonlive.com

BT London Live is also hosting two Celebration Concerts in Hyde Park to coincide with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini will perform at the Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert on Friday 27 July, whilst Blur will headline the Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert on Sunday 12 August, with special guests Bombay Bicycle Club, New Order and The Specials. No one will miss the excitement as all the action from the Olympic Park will be beamed into BT London Live. For tickets and more information go to www.btlondonlive.com.

'BT London Live' is a partnership between the Mayor of London, The Royal Parks and The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and is a key part of the citywide programme of events being organised by the Mayor of London to celebrate the London 2012 Games.

Log on to www.btlondonlive.com for full details.

Please note:

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For further information regarding BT London Live please contact:

Ali Castriotis at LD Communications, E: Ali@ldcommunications.co.uk or
Kate Etteridge at LD Communications, E: Kate.etteridge@ldcommunications.co.uk
T: 0207 439 7222

Please send all accreditation requests to, E: BTLondonLive@ldcommunications.co.uk

For other information, please contact:

Ben McKnight at the Greater London Authority, E: Ben.McKnight@london.gov.uk
T: 020 7983 4071

Melanie Etches at The Royal Parks, E: MEtches@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk T: 0300 061 2055

Shalina Hussain at Tower Hamlets, E: shalina.hussain@towerhamlets.gov.uk
T: 020 7364 4754

BT Group Newsroom, T: 020 7356 5369. From outside the UK dial +44 207356 5369

Notes to Editors

Tickets

There are three options for entry into ‘BT London Live’.

1. The Opening and Closing Ceremony Celebration Concerts at Hyde Park on July 27 and August 12 will be ticketed. Tickets will be available via btlondonlive.com.

2. Walk in on the day - all BT London Live dates except the two Celebration Concerts in Hyde Park will offer free access, with people able to turn up on the day, subject to capacity. Hyde Park and Victoria Park will also offer 'Guaranteed Entry Tickets' for access before 2pm - see below.

3. Guaranteed Entry Tickets - up to four tickets per person will be available to be booked, in advance, for entry into BT London Live Hyde Park or BT London Live Victoria Park, before 2pm, on a specified day. A transaction fee of £3.50 will apply per booking. Registration via btlondonlive.com will be required for these tickets. These tickets will not be available for the Opening and Closing Ceremony Celebration Concerts. Gates will open at 4:00pm in Victoria Park on the day of the Opening Ceremony. Due to the Women's and Men's Triathlon events taking place in Hyde Park, the BT London Live site will open earlier to screen these events. Guaranteed Entry tickets will be valid from 7:00am* to 9:00am on Saturday 4 August and from 8:30am to 11:30am on Tuesday 7 August. Tickets are available to reserve from http://www.btlondonlive.com/tickets *Subject to license

The Mayor of London is hosting a huge programme of free events and cultural activities to add to the excitement of 2012. Working with outstanding international artists and world class cultural organisations this unprecedented Mayor of London Presents programme is taking place in every corner of the capital to add to and complement the London 2012 Festival. It includes Secrets: Hidden London, with artists and performers transforming hidden and lesser known locations; Showtime, the largest outdoor arts festival ever seen in the capital, with dozens of electrifying artists from the UK and abroad coming to every borough, in high streets, parks and town centres; BT London Live, bringing live action from the Games, as well as sporting activities and entertainment to Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square; and Surprises bringing pop-up performances and once in a lifetime experiences to locations familiar and unusual, above your heads and atop landmark buildings. To be the first to know what's happening in this Summer Like No Other , sign up or follow us at www.molpresents.com / www.facebook.com/mayoroflondonpresents / www.twitter.com/molpresents

The Royal Parks, which manages eight Royal Parks including Hyde Park, will play a central role in helping to deliver a successful London 2012 Games. In addition to hosting BT London Live Hyde Park, the largest BT London Live site, 11 Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place across six Royal Parks. These events include the Triathlon and Marathon Swimming competitions in Hyde Park, the Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon events in Greenwich Park and within St James’s Park, the Beach Volleyball competition on Horse Guards Parade and the Road Race events on The Mall.

Almost 40 million Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks each year. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of London. The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park. For further information please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk or sign up at www.facebook.com/TheRoyalParksLondon.

Tower Hamlets is the heart of the ‘East End’. Rich in history, it presents a vibrant mix of old and new, creating a bustling community unique in culture and character. Taking its name from the Tower of London and the hamlets that surround it, Tower Hamlets covers an area of eight square miles and has a population of around 220,000. It is bounded by the Thames to the South and the boroughs of Newham (east), Hackney (north) and the City of London (west).

As one of the six Olympic host boroughs, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman and the council are looking to maximise the benefits that London 2012 will bring to the borough’s residents. Projects include the £11 million High Street 2012 programme which is rejuvenating the thoroughfare that links the city to the Olympic Park, and the promotion of Brick Lane as Curry Capital 2012 to generate tourism.

Visitors can use a new app - Paths to Gold - created by Tower Hamlets Council - to discover the heart of the East End. The app lists five interactive walks - showcasing the area’s main attractions, landmarks and Olympic venues- which can be downloaded from the iTunes stores or on Google Play. With Paths to Gold at your fingertips you’ll never be lost for something to do in the vibrant and historic East End. Visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/olympics

About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, operating in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group’s revenue was £20,076 million with profit before taxation of £1,717 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt

About Absolute Radio

Absolute Radio is a national, radio station for real fans of real music, comedy and football wrapped up with lashings of personality and mischief from DJs like Christian O’Connell, Frank Skinner, Dave Gorman, Geoff Lloyd, Ronnie Wood and Ian Wright who have the freedom to say what they think and tell it like it is.

Absolute Radio also runs a network of digital decade brands; Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s, Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute Radio extra, the brand’s ‘red button’service.

Listen on 105.8FM in London and the South-East, nationally on DAB or 1215AM at www.absoluteradio.co.uk as well as apps and digital TV.

Cat Macdonald T: 0207 432 3317 M: 07932 746 363

About Magic 105.4, KISS and Bauer Media:

Magic 105.4 has an audience of over 3m and KISS over 4m listeners nationally every week, and are two of 42 radio stations owned and operated by Bauer Media - a leading UK media group, with interests spanning magazines, radio, TV, online, live events and mobile. The company aims to connect audiences with excellent content whenever, wherever and however they want.

  • Its award-winning portfolio of influential media brands also includes heat, The Hits, Closer, Grazia, Empire, Q, MCN, Kerrang! and FHM: all delivering must-have entertainment and information to diverse and valuable audiences.
  • More than 13 million people a week listen to a Bauer Media radio station. Bauer Media is also home to the number one and two commercial digital stations - Smash Hits and The Hits Radio.
  • Box TV, a JV between Bauer Media and Channel 4 runs seven music channels, including Smash Hits, Kerrang! Magic 10.54, Q, KISS, and the number one music TV channel - 4Music.
  • Bauer Media's on-line businesses have more than 10 million users, visiting some 48 unique brand sites.

Bauer Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bauer Media Group, a privately owned media empire offering more than 320 magazines worldwide, as well as TV and radio stations. For more information, please visit www.bauermedia.co.uk

About News International

News International publishes The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun. In terms of growth, share, circulation and reader engagement, the Company’s titles are among the world’s most successful. Newsprinters prints the national titles and operates as a contract printing subsidiary for the three state of the art printing plants. Further brands which are part of the group include the Times Literary Supplement and milkround.co.uk. The News International group has an investment in fashion website BrandAlley.co.uk. In 2007, News International became the UK’s first carbon neutral newspaper publisher. This was achieved by increasing energy efficiency, switching to renewable energy and combined heat and power and purchasing high quality offsets.

Dan McMillan T: 020 7782 6190 M: 07887 627716

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