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The Who, Take That and George Michael to perform at Olympics closing ceremony

The big finale will take place at London's Olympic Park on August 12

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The Who, Take That, George Michael and Emeli Sandé have been confirmed to play at the Olympic Games' closing ceremony this summer.

The concert will take place on August 12 at London's Olympic Park, reports The Mirror. A source close to the Olympic committee said of the line-up: "The committee wanted four major artists, representing Britain over the past 50 years, to headline." They added: "The Who are an inspired throwback to the swinging '60s."

The show will also mark George Michael's live comeback, following his life-threatening bout with pneumonia at the end of last year. Organisers have said of his appearance: "George is a global icon and this will be a major comeback. The gig will be a fitting Olympics send-off."

Last month The Who's Roger Daltrey confirmed that organisers of the London 2012 Olympics asked whether drummer Keith Moon – who died in 1978 – would also be able to take part in this summer's celebrations.

In an interview on US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the frontman joked that the band's management had responded to the invitation by suggesting they try contacting the deceased rocker themselves by holding a séance.

It had been rumoured that the Sex Pistols had also been asked to take part in the Olympics finale.

Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini and Stereophonics will play a huge show in London's Hyde Park this summer to mark the start of the Olympics on July 27. Blur will headline another show in Hyde Park to celebrate the end of the games. They will be joined by New Order and The Specials on August 12 for the gig.

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