The 2018 edition of the Fifa World Cup kicks off in Russia tomorrow. Here's everything you need to know about the opening ceremony. Can’t wait. What time is the World Cup opening ceremony? The curtain will be raised on the tournament at 8pm IST on Thursday June 14, just 30 minutes before the first game between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. The opening ceremony will be at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, which will also host the final. Fans who couldn’t make it to the stadium can attend a concert that will held in the city's famous Red Square simultaneously with the opening ceremony. Sounds good. But what can we expect? The event will feature a series of musical acts. Singer Robbie Williams, who is getting some grief for “selling his soul” to Russian president Vladimir Putin will lead the show. Around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will also be performing in an opening extravaganza, according to the organisers. The theme for the evening would be expectedly Russian. But wait, why Robbie Williams? Isn’t he so 1990s?
Easy, there. You are right. Williams is a 90s pop icon, but he has helped mastermind another edition of Soccer Aid for Unicef. So let’s just say he’s earned the right to perform for the capacity crowd inside the Luzhniki Stadium and millions more glued to their television sets around the world.
The singer will be joined by celebrated Russian soprano Aida Garifullina. Fifa says the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony will have a slightly different format compared with previous editions of the tournament due to its focus on musical acts.
The show is also taking place much closer to kickoff, just half an hour before the start of the match.
Opera singer Placido Domingo — who famously soundtracked Italia '90 as one of the Three Tenors alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras — will also be performing. Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez will join him.
Pianist Denis Matsuev, global opera stars Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eivazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Albina Shagimuratova are among the Russian stars on show.
Talking about music, hope you know the official World Cup song is called Live It Up and features Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Kosovar Albanian singer Era Istrefi.The official song is customarily performed ahead of the tournament's opening match.
Hey, I am not going to Russia. How can I watch it on TV?
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