Great Britain pulled out all the stops for their musical ending to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The event began with a beautiful cover of Professor Green’s “Read All About It,” by Emeli Sande. Her pianist played on a piano that looked like a crumpled piece of newspaper and they are driven off on a pickup truck.
Speaking over the drum beats from the cast of Stomp was Timothy Spall portraying the beloved Winston Churchill. Spall was sitting atop Big Ben while cars and trucks sped below. He also recited lines from William Shakespeare‘s The Tempest, which were used in the Opening Ceremonies: “Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises.”
This was followed by Prince Harry, The Dutchess of Cambridge and International Olympic Comittee president Jacques Rogg. Prince Harry was there to represent his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, saying “They [The Olympics] will stay in the hearts and minds of people all over the world for a very long time to come.”
The next musical act was Madness performing “Our House.” The band were playing on the back of a moving truck rig. The Pet Shop Boys are next on deck, performing “West End Girls.” They played on the back of bicycle carts with riders wearing black striped unitards and had flames for heads.
One Direction took the stage performing on the same truck rig as Madness. They sang their hit “What Makes You Beautiful.” Adding some variation to the music performances was an acrobatic troupe. The ceremonies moved back to music with a strong performance by Ray Davies. Davies, the lead singer of The Kinks, sang their hit “Waterloo Sunset.”
Sande performs again while a montage of the games is shown. This is followed by the flag bearers for each country, Christine Sinclair for Canada, then the athletes. While the athletes stood around the Union Jack stage, the event turned back to the music.
The next few numbers showcase incredible British music. Starting with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” moving to a choral rendition of John Lennon‘s “Imagine,” to an ode to the volunteers set to The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun.”
Moving back to the performances with George Michael performing “Freedom 90,” the Kaiser Chiefs performing “Pinball Wizard,” and Annie Lennox in a pirate ship.
While David Bowie‘s “Fashion” pounded out of the speakers, fashion models – Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole, Lily Donaldson, Karen Elson, Jourdan Dunn, Stella Tennant and Georgia May Jagger – strutted down the main stage. All showcasing the beautiful designs by British designers.
Pick Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” is performed by a large group of people, while a man on a tightrope walls overhead. After Russell Brand lip-synched “I Am The Walrus” on top of a psychedelic bus, Fatboy Slim performed atop a giant octopus.
Now the Olympics moved into more contemporary music with Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and Taio Cruz, who then broke in to the Bee Gees hit “You Should Be Dancing.”
This is when the Spice Girls arrived, all on their own uniquely designed cabs. Ginger, Baby, Scary, Sporty and Posh performed their hits “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life.”
Beady Eye – Liam Gallagher of Oasis’ band – sing “Wonderwall,” Eric Idle performs “Always Look On The Brighter Side Of Life,” Muse and Brian May of Queen also perform. After, a small video of Freddy Mercury is played, moving into “We Will Rock You,” fronted by Jessie J. The final word was given to The Who, singing “I’m talking ’bout my generation.”
This Olympic Games showed a lot of inspiring athletes, beautiful performances and people banding together to support their countries. England did an incredible job as host, I cannot wait to see how Rio does in four years time.
Check out pictures from the Olympic 2012 closing ceremonies below!