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Kygo scores an invite to play the Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony

Norway’s favourite tropical house export Kygo has been confirmed to perform at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in Brazil this weekend. The producer will take the stage at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium to perform his single Carry Me (yes, the one that sounds exactly like a song you’d use for an Olympics montage) alongside vocalist Julia Michaels. 

The performance will help launch The Olympic Channel, a new digital platform aimed at keeping that Olympic joy coming 365 days a year. Kygo, who calls himself a lifelong sports fan, delivered a gushing quote for the press release: “The opportunity to be a part of the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio is a huge milestone in my career and it will be the biggest performance of my life.”

Kygo is of course not the first electronic artist to get the Olympic Games call-up. Back in 2004, long before his “trouse” renaissance, Tiësto was the guest DJ at the opening ceremony in Athens. His stint on this very 2004 DJ set-up soundtracked the Parade of Nations, and he later released the mix on his Parade of the Athletes CD.

The 2012 London Olympics, meanwhile, called on local heroes Underworld to help score the opening ceremony. (Trainspotting director Danny Boyle was in charge of proceedings, so it makes perfect sense he recruited the creators of Born Slippy.) Then, in the closing ceremony, Fatboy Slim DJed – or at least mimed enthusiastically – inside a giant octopus. Can you top that, Kygo?