50,000 pack Hyde Park for Olympic party, concert

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British singer Paolo Nutini performs at the Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert in Hyde Park, London, Friday, July 27, 2012. The concert is part of a series of events being organised by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/James McCauley)

LONDON (AP) — More than 50,000 Olympic revelers have packed London's Hyde Park to watch the opening ceremony on huge TV screens and a rock concert celebrating the four corners of the United Kingdom.

The Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert features Duran Duran from England; Paolo Nutini from Scotland; the Stereophonics from Wales; and Snow Patrol representing Northern Ireland.

The 25-year-old Nutini took the stage first Friday, followed by Duran Duran, who formed in England's second-largest city of Birmingham in 1978.

The concert is pausing midway for the crowd to watch the opening ceremony live on several stadium-size screens, including the UK's biggest. Then the Stereophonics perform followed by Snow Patrol up to midnight.

Last year Hyde Park hosted a live TV party for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.