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Wembley drum group Dhol2Dhol to perform in Olympic Park ceremony
An Indian drum group from Wembley will perform in the Olympic Park this afternoon as 500 bands play simultaneously across the country.
Dhol2Dhol, an ensemble who play traditional Indian dhol drums, won a competition to showcase their talents in the Olympic Park between 1-5pm as part of the Bandstand Marathon, the closing event of the London 2012 Festival.
At 2pm, hundreds of bands will play the Coldplay hit Viva La Vida at the same time ahead of the band’s performance at the Paralympic closing ceremony this evening.
Chemistry PhD student Neel Makwana, 24, who plays in the band, said: “We will put together an exhilarating performance consisting of powerful energetic rhythms certain to wow the crowd.
“Although the dhol drum is originally from the East, we have the influence of the West, so our performance will be a fusion of rhythms from both cultures.”
The performance will coincide with a one-day event in Gladstone Park, which Brent Council has faced criticism for spending £60,000 on despite cutting grants to community festivals.