There's a brief Rugby World Cup reference in there, too
David Bowie, Bastille, Apollo 440, Lenny Kravitz, The Weeknd, INXS and a One Direction remix were amongst the tracks used to soundtrack London’s spectacular New Year’s fireworks display last night (December 31).
The BBC broadcast the fireworks display – based around the London eye and launched over the River Thames – live just after midnight. The show was surrounded by a concert by Bryan Adams which took place at Big Ben. The soundtrack also featured a host of London-specific references, from a “mind the gap” moment for the mid-performance pause to a nod to 2015’s Rugby World Cup.
The BBC have reported that more than 100,000 people watched the display live amid heightened security in the capital.
Watch the 11-minute fireworks display via YouTube, below:
Hogmanay in Edinburgh also attracted crowds said to be in excess of 150,000, with the Scottish celebration backed by traditional piped music and James Brown. There was additional security in place at both events, due to fears of terrorist attacks. London police officers were also provided with additional firearms for the event.
Fireworks and other events due to take place in Brussels were cancelled following a terror alert, while a serious fire at a hotel in Dubai failed to stop the fireworks celebrations from going ahead in the Emirates. Paris and Munich also faced cancellations due to terror alerts.
Last year, more than 13million people tuned in to watch the BBC’s annual fireworks display.