Spectacular musical ceremony marks end of London 2012 Olympics

Spectacular musical ceremony marks end of London 2012 Olympics
2.5 5

Published August 13th, 2012 - 12:47 GMT via SyndiGate.info

Rate Article:

PRINT Send Mail
comment (0)
A general view during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium
A general view during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium
Follow >
Click here to add Annie Lennox as an alert
Annie Lennox
Click here to add Beady Eye as an alert
Beady Eye
Click here to add Boris Johnson as an alert
Boris Johnson
Click here to add David Bowie as an alert
David Bowie
Click here to add Directi as an alert
Click here to add Ed Sheeran as an alert
Ed Sheeran
Click here to add Emeli Sande as an alert
Emeli Sande
Click here to add George Michael as an alert
George Michael
Click here to add Harry as an alert
Click here to add Jacques Rogge as an alert
Jacques Rogge
Click here to add Kaiser Chiefs as an alert
Kaiser Chiefs
Click here to add Kate Moss as an alert
Kate Moss
Click here to add Liam Gallagher as an alert
Liam Gallagher
Click here to add LOCOG as an alert
Click here to add London as an alert
Click here to add Monty Python as an alert
Monty Python
Click here to add Morris Minor as an alert
Morris Minor
Click here to add Naomi Campbell as an alert
Naomi Campbell
Click here to add Ray Davies as an alert
Ray Davies
Click here to add Rio de Janeiro as an alert
Rio de Janeiro
Click here to add Royal Ballet as an alert
Royal Ballet
Click here to add Seb Coe as an alert
Seb Coe
Click here to add Suggs as an alert
Click here to add Victoria as an alert

The London 2012 Olympic Games closed in the way they had opened, with a spectacular ceremony on Sunday night.

The three-hour extravaganza kicked off with a countdown before the gongs of a model Big Ben officially marked the start of the closing ceremony and a model set of London was unveiled in the Olympic Stadium.

Emeli Sande, who had played a big role in the opening ceremony just over two weeks before, was the first music star to perform on a night when British singing talent took centre stage.

Prince Harry was officially welcomed as the Queen's representative and he was joined by the head of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge.

An exploding Morris Minor then marked the next stage of the musical spectacular, which included performances from Suggs, The Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and Ray Davies.

The music of Queen, The Beatles and David Bowie also featured heavily.

Elbow then performed one of the anthems from the Games, their hit One Day Like This, as athletes from each of the countries taking part in the Olympics paraded flags through the stadium.

George Michael, Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Ed Sheeran were next to perform, while there was also a nod to British fashion, with models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and David Gandy making an appearance.

Russell Brand then entertained the audience, playing homage to Willy Wonka before Fat Boy Slim took to the decks.

Next to perform were some of Britain's youngest and brightest music stars, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz.

Then came one of the most highly anticipated parts of the evening when five black taxis drove into the middle of the stadium with their numberplates saying SPICE.

Mel B, Victoria, Geri, Mel C and Emma then emerged from the taxis to perform two of their most famous songs Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life.

The Prime Minister and London Mayor Boris Johnson seemed to enjoy the performance as they were spotted dancing around as the Spice Girls continued to perform while on top of the black taxis.

Liam Gallagher then took to the stage with his new band Beady Eye to perform classic Oasis hit Wonderwall.

The audience got a chance to join in and sing along to the famous Monty Python song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

As the ceremony came to an end the Head of the IOC Jacques Rogge and Boris Johnson took to the stage to hand over the Olympic flag to Rio de Janeiro, who will host the games in 2016.

Rio then gave us a taste of what we can expect from those Olympics, lots of music, dancing, flashing lights and a carnival atmosphere.

LOCOG Chairman Lord Seb Coe was welcomed to the stage and gave a moving speech saying: "Today sees the closing of a wonderful games in a wonderful city.

"We lit the flame and we lit up the world."

He concluded by saying: "On the last day I can say, when our time came, Britain, we did it right."

Jacques Rogge brought the night to a close, paying tribute to the way in which Britain had hosted the Olympics before officially declaring the 2012 Games as closed.

Take That performed Rule the World before a spectacular fireworks display was launched from the top of the Olympic Stadium.

Darcey Bussell then flew into the stadium, on what looked like a giant mechanical bird, and joined more than 200 ballerinas from the Royal Ballet to perform a breathtaking routine.

Finally the Olympic flame was slowly extinguished and as the last flame burnt out the stadium erupted into cheers before The Who took to the stage.


© Independent Television News Limited 2012. All rights reserved.

Add a new comment