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The Choir to headline at the Big Day Out concert

PUBLISHED: 11:23 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010

GIG: Gareth Malone and some of The Choir singers.

GIG: Gareth Malone and some of The Choir singers.

INSPIRATIONAL TV sensation Gareth Malone s The Choir has been confirmed to open the town s biggest music event of the year, sponsored by your Gravesend Reporter. Mr Malone and his 250-strong group are expected to take to the main stage on July 24 to give

INSPIRATIONAL TV sensation Gareth Malone's The Choir has been confirmed to open the town's biggest music event of the year, sponsored by your Gravesend Reporter.

Mr Malone and his 250-strong group are expected to take to the main stage on July 24 to give a rare public performance at the huge free festival The Big Day Out.

It will mark the final event in a week of Gravesham Borough Council organised activities held along the riverfront called the Big 7 Community Festival.

A show insider told the Reporter: "We are absolutely delighted.

"This is a massive community event and to have a choir made famous for pulling together a community, it has really struck the right chord. We know they are in huge demand after the success of the show so it is an honour to be chosen."

Mr Malone is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors who shot to fame after the critically acclaimed documentary Boy's Don't Sing produced in 2008.

This was followed by the series The Choir where the young musician first took a group of boys to the Choir Olympics then in the second series formed an ensemble from volunteers in Hertfordshire town South Oxhey. Earning rave reviews the series, aired in 2009, collected a BAFTA, and RTS and a Broadcast Award. A spokesman for Mr Malone confirmed his South Oxhey choir would be opening proceedings at the Big Day Out but he was not available for comment before the paper went to print.

The Big 7 Community Festival begins on July 18 and is built around the Olympic theme "Inspire".

Events will include The Big Gig on Friday, July 23 showcasing Gravesham young musical talent before the main event on Saturday.

Headlining the night will be Kings of Leon tribute band Kings of Lyon and numerous sporting events based around the newly constructed Adizone sports area and the crowning of the Summer Queen in the Fort Gardens will also feature.

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