Musical end to London 2012

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has said the Olympic closing ceremony will be a fun tribute to British music.

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Lord Coe: Closing ceremony 'a tribute to British music'

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said the Olympic closing ceremony will be a fun tribute to British music and described it as an "after show party".

It's not anything desperately profound. It's not the opening ceremony but I think it will be great. It's basically a tribute to British music over the last few decades. It's fun.

Organisers from the Rio 2016 Games will be given an eight-minute slot in the ceremony with Brazilian supermodel Alessandro Ambrosio saying:

I have been doing a lot of rehearsal so my highlight has been to mix with everybody. There are about 300 people from Brazil plus all the people who are participating in the closing ceremony. We were doing the show with the Spice Girls and everybody. I saw them there.

Arnold: 'Closing ceremony better than Songs of Praise'

The musical director of the Olympic closing ceremony, David Arnold, has tweeted about Sunday's event on Twitter.


London set to build homes and schools on Olympic Park

The Olympic Park Credit: PA Wire

When the Paralympics draw to a close on September 9, the iconic Olympic Park in Stratford will be turned into a £300million mix of homes, schools and sports facilities and renamed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, reports the newspaper.

The Spice Girls photographs fuel Olympics closing ceremony rumours

The Sun has published photographs of the Spice Girls rehearsing for a performance.

Posh Spice Victoria Beckham, 38, Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell, 40, Scary Spice Mel B, 37, Baby Spice Emma Bunton, 36 and Sporty Spice Mel C, 38 were snapped clasping microphones as they stood on top of black cabs.

There have been rumours that the girl band have come together for a one-off reunion at this Sunday's Olympic Games closing ceremony.


Who's performing at the Olympics closing ceremony?

Dozens of names including The Who, The Spice Girls, Ray Davies and reclusive star Kate Bush have been rumoured to be performing at the Olympic closing ceremony.

The Spice Girls Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

George Michael has said he will appear, telling fans he was "rehearsing like crazy for the Olympic closing ceremony", and Muse have also said they will play.

Ray Davies Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Take That have been widely tipped to appear, although singer Gary Barlow's presence is in doubt after his daughter Poppy was stillborn.

George Michael Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Muse Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive
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