Spice Girls, The Who in Closing Ceremony
August, 12, 2012
By Associated Press | ESPN.com
Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesThe Closing Ceremony will be as British as can be, with the Spice Girls among the performers.
LONDON -- Get the Union Jacks out and prepare to party: Olympic Stadium is being transformed into a giant jukebox of British pop and pizzazz for the ceremony that wraps up the, so far, spectacularly successful London Games.
The Spice Girls and The Who are among the acts celebrating two weeks of sporting competition with a Sunday finale that artistic director Kim Gavin calls “a mashed-up symphony” of British hits.
Gavin -- who has directed rock tours and London’s 2007 Princess Diana memorial concert -- said Saturday that he wants the spectacular to be “the best after-show party that’s ever been.”
“If the opening ceremony was the wedding, then we’re the wedding reception,” music director David Arnold told the Daily Telegraph.
Although organizers have tried to keep the ceremony acts secret, many details have leaked out in the British media -- and some performers have let the cat out of the bag themselves.
The Who, George Michael, Muse and Ed Sheeran have all said they will take part in a show that will include performances of 30 British hit singles from the past five decades — whittled down by Gavin from a possible 1,000. The Pet Shop Boys, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim also will be on hand to get people dancing.
Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesGeorge Michael
AP Photo/ Max NashThe Who
David Wolff - Patrick/Getty ImagesEd Sheeran
Gus Stewart/Redferns/Getty ImagesRay Davies