When is the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony, who will perform and how to watch


Do we know who will perform?

FIFA has not yet announced a full lineup, but there are rumors about which artists will be involved.

BTS singer and K-Pop star Jung Kook announced he will perform on the group’s official Twitter account, while American rapper Lil Baby – who released the World Cup song “The World is Yours to Take” – also has said that he will also be a part of the opening ceremony.

Nora Fatehi, a Canadian actress best known for her work in the Indian film industry, is expected to sing the tournament’s official song, Light The Sky.

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Qatari singers Fahad Al-Kubaisi and Dana will also perform.

FIFA said the ceremony “will feature tributes to the event’s 32 participating teams, former FIFA World Cup hosts and volunteers.”

Reports had suggested that English pop star Dua Lipa might perform, but she denied this in an Instagram post. She said: “There is currently a lot of speculation that I will perform at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar.

“I will not be performing and I have never been involved in any negotiation to act. I will be cheering England from a distance… One love, Dua.”

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British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart told the Times he turned down an offer of “over $1 million” to perform in Qatar.

Colombian singer Shakira was also scheduled to perform at the opening ceremony, but has withdrawn for personal reasons, according to reports in Spain.

How can I view it?

The opening match will be broadcast live on the TBEN. The opening ceremony is expected to be shown before it.

All matches of the tournament will be broadcast live on TBEN or ITV.

What other events are taking place?

A ‘Qatar Live’ concert series will take place in the country during the World Cup, with former Take That singer Robbie Williams among the performers.

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Williams appeared at the final World Cup opening ceremony but was criticized for being seen as a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.

According to the Qatar Live website, Williams will perform at the Doha Golf Club on December 8.

Hip-hop artists Black Eyed Peas are also part of the event lineup and will play at the same venue on November 20, with Colombian singer J Balvin booked for November 24.