Paul McCartney expected to headline London 2012 opening ceremony

Rumours that Sir Paul McCartney could be performing at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics have been all but confirmed by his management.

It has long been suggested that the former Beatle would play at the event, expected to receive viewing figures in the billions, along with a few other greats of British music.

However, following reports that both Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones have ruled themselves out of the performance, it looks as though McCartney will be a dead cert.

“The hope was to have the cream of British music all in the line up but now it looks like Macca will be joined by some younger stars on stage,” a source told mirror.co.uk.

The ceremony, taking place on July 27 last year, is likely to see ‘Macca’ perform alongside a whole spectrum of younger acts from different genres and backgrounds, with London having the rather un-envious task of following China’s spectacular at the opening of 2008’s Beijing Olympics.

However, the official announcement confirming the details is not set to be delivered until early next year.

Tickets for the ceremony were snapped up quickly, with many losing out due to the controversial balloting system. Those who didn’t manage to secure tickets but who still want to soak up the atmosphere may look to hiring function venues in the capital to ensure they become part of the celebration.

Speaking to telgraph.co.uk of McCartney’s involvement, the insider added: “Of all the people you want, McCartney is number one.

“He is the ultimate showman and guaranteed to get the Olympics off to a great start.”

A performance from the Beatle wouldn’t be the only impact the McCartney’s have had on the ceremony after it emerged that his fashion designer daughter Stella would be designing the British kit.