Artistic Director, London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony
First, because these are London’s Games, we journey through a day in the life of the city – from early morning rush hour to glittering sunset – before moving on to an extended symphony, formed of some of the finest moments in British pop. A love letter to our invention and innovation, it’s the pop music you know and love – accompanied by eye-popping visuals.
Extinguishing the Olympic Flame is a poignant moment at any Games, the climax of two weeks in which the athletes’ endeavours and triumphs have caught the imagination of people across the globe. Our spectacular ‘Spirit of the Flame’ sequence represents the Flame’s everlasting nature – may it blaze brightly in the hands of its next custodians, our friends in Rio de Janeiro.
For the 10,490 athletes, who trained exhaustively to get here, the Games are over and it’s time to celebrate. We’ve called on some of the UK’s most successful musicians – and a cast of more than 3,500 volunteers – to help us do just that.
This is London calling… calling you to a party for the world.