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Olympic Torch: Rapper to make appearance at Weymouth's evening celebrations
RAPPER Wretch 32 will be bringing ‘lots of energy’ to Weymouth’s official Olympic Torch evening celebrations tonight and cannot wait to get partying.
The 27-year-old rising star – real name Jermaine Scott – is being brought to Dorset by Coco-Cola, a presenting partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, for two nights of performances.
Wretch 32 will feature as part of tonight’s free-but-ticketed special performance on Weymouth Beach to welcome the arrival of the Olympic flame, along with dance act Twist and Pulse, an acrobatic display, the Moving Tides children’s procession and a mass public drumming event.
He said: “It should be great, I’ve definitely got a lot of energy to bring to the stage.
“Hopefully everybody’s as excited as we are.
“I’m expecting a kind of festival crowd of all ages.
“This will be my second performance, I was at Salisbury last night.
“We’re just going to bring that energy we always have and perform the tracks people know.
“Tractor will be one of them, that should go down well.”
When asked if he would be taking part in the mass drumming event, he added: “I’m hoping to catch as much of the action as I can.”
Wretch 32, said his stage name came from him being called ‘a skinny little wretch’ as he grew up in Tottenham, London and 32 was his lucky number.
He said his celebrity friend Cheryl Cole was in Las Vegas so she would not be attending Weymouth’s big night but added: “She’s pretty cool, she said ‘Good on ya’ for being part of the torch relay celebrations.
“I’ve been watching what’s been happening in the news with the torch and I’m amazed it hasn’t gone out yet.
“I can’t wait to be close to the torch, man I really want to get my hands on it.”
Wretch 32 said his Dorset fans had been showing their support for him on Twitter.
He said: “People have been saying how happy they are I’m coming to Weymouth.
“I’m feeling dead proud to be playing such a massive event.”
After Weymouth, Wretch 32 will be performing on Bournemouth Beach tomorrow night, then Southampton and London’s Hyde Park.
But first Wretch will be bringing the party to Weymouth and then hoping to find a club to celebrate in.
He added: “I might go out if there are any good clubs.
“We’re party animals and if there’s a party we’ll be there.”
Watch the action on big screen on beach
PEOPLE who missed out on tickets for tonight’s party on the beach can watch the action on a large screen.
The 25 square metre screen will be placed behind the main stage, outside the ticketed area, and facing northwards up the beach and will relay the live activity happening on stage to those without wristbands for the event.
People without tickets will also be able to watch the arrival of the Olympic Flame as it is transported by a rowing gig along the beach before coming ashore next to the evening celebration site.
Those with wristbands should go to the official site, towards the Pavilion end of the beach, whilst those without wristbands should go to the overspill area further north towards the George III Statue.
Stewards will be on hand to guide those attending to both sites.
Gates to the beach site will open at 4pm with the show scheduled to begin at 5.30pm and the Flame due to arrive by 7.20pm. The Flame will arrive at the beach by rowing gig in the ticketed area before the last torch bearer of the day takes it on to the stage and lights a celebration cauldron. The official show is scheduled to finish at around 8pm.
The event will be followed by a firework display at 9.30pm.