Olympics closing ceremony to have Britpop theme

Athletes will form mosh-pit during 'Symphony Of British Music' celebration, confirm London 2012 organisers

The Olympic Games closing ceremony which takes place tomorrow evening (August 12) will celebrate the last 50 years of Britpop, according to reports.

The BBC’s London 2012 Twitter account confirmed today that the ceremony will be titled ‘Symphony Of British Music’ and will pay tribute to the last half-century of British music.

London 2012 organisers have also revealed that the spectacle will see athletes file into the stadium to form a mosh-pit, with an extra 3,500 performers set to take part.


In a series of messages on Twitter, they wrote:

Organisers reveal the Olympics closing ceremony is called “Symphony of British Music” and celebrates the last 50 years of Britpop.

— BBC 2012 (@BBC2012) August 11, 2012

Speculation regarding the closing ceremony has ran wild in recent weeks, with the event’s line-up being kept a closely-guarded secret. Yesterday (August 10) it was reported that the Spice Girls were almost certain to be part of the celebrations, while Muse, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, and George Michael are also confirmed to be taking part.


Other artists seemingly pictured rehearsing for the show include Tinie Tempah, Queen guitarist Brian May, Jessie J, George Michael, Annie Lennox and Monty Python‘s Eric Idle, while there have been rumours Kate Bush, Fatboy Slim, Kaiser Chiefs, Madness and the Pet Shops Boys will also take part.

The ceremony is set to display a series of London’s key landmarks, with Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Battersea Power Station, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall and the London Eye all brought to life.

Earlier this week (August 9), Muse posted a sneak preview picture from the Olympic Games closing ceremony rehearsals on Twitter. The picture, which you can see above, is titled ‘Warming up…’ and shows the band’s frontman Matt Bellamy trailed by a host of drummers in gold costumes.

‘A Symphony of British Music: Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games’, an album containing music performed on the final night, will be released digitally on August 12.