If the opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics were all about the music, the closing ceremonies will be all about…well…the music.
Billed once again as a musical extravaganza (titled “A Symphony of British Music”), the ceremony will reportedly feature a who’s who of British musical talent. Details of the event have been a bit sketchy, owing to the fact that organizers are trying to keep much of the actual performance under wraps (most of what is being reported has come from leaks and sightings of performers rehearsing, etc.). However, early reports are that Muse, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Tinie Tempah and Jessie J are among the slated acts to perform—as well as a reunion of (gasp!) The Spice Girls. Other unconfirmed performers (either live or via soundtrack) may include The Who, Kate Bush, Adele, and others. There are also rumors of a possible second tip o’ the hat to the Beatles, similar to Paul McCartney’s rousing rendition of “Hey Jude” in the opening ceremonies.
While expected to be similar to the opening ceremonies in wry British wit, the closing event promises to take itself slightly less seriously than its counterpart (as perhaps proven by the very fact that the Spice Girls are appearing). While Danny Boyle’s grandiose presentation at the opening of the games lasted over 4 hours and left many non-Brits scratching their heads, the closing ceremonies (directed by David Arnold) are expected to be a scant 2.5 hours in length, and a bit more lighthearted. Arnold reportedly told a newspaper this week, “If the opening ceremony was the wedding, then we’re the wedding reception.” Other words Arnold has used to describe the upcoming event are “beautiful, cheeky, cheesy, camp, silly and thrilling.”
The closing ceremonies will begin at 9:00 p.m. local London time on Sunday night. NBC will tape-delay the event for broadcast for American viewers from 7:00-10:00 p.m. EDT.