Last night’s Olympics Closing Ceremony was truly a spectacular to behold! From fashion, music, movies, and more, we’ve got the highlights as the biggest names in Britain paid tribute to their country on the 16th and final day of the 30th Olympiad.
After getting the ceremony underway with a quick solo by Emelie Sande, Timothy Spall popped out of the top of a replica of Big Ben. The actor who played Winston Churchill in “The King’s Speech, “ recited a few lines from Shakespeare’s The Tempest: “Be not feared: the isle is full of noises.”
British ska band, Madness, performed its biggest hit “Our House” on a moving rig as saxophonist Lee Thompson was hoisted into the air. He played his solo hundreds of feet in the air donned in a Union Jack kilt and fez hat.
Electronic dance duo the Pet Shop Boys got the party going by riding around the stadium in geode-inspired moving bicycle carts wearing black conical hats to perform their hit “West End Girls.”
The UK-based boy band sang their summer anthem “What Makes You Beautiful” as they rode on a flat bed truck. The dreamy teens were sure to have fans all over the globe cheering for them in front of their TV and computer screens.
After an emotional athletic montage, the flag bearers and athletes all made their way into the stadium to enjoy the closing ceremony festivities with the medalists sporting their prizes around their necks.
The late iconic artists received tributes with a choir singing Lennon’s “Imagine” with video of the songwriter singing the song himself and made a portrait of him with balloons and other materials. Later in the night Mercury warmed the crowd up via video with a few vocal exercises before Queen performed.
George Michael strutted out on stage to perform one of his biggest hits “Freedom 90,” transforming the stage into a rock concert. Many wondered if the supermodels who starred in the original music video would make an appearance but they were saved for later.
Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Lily Cole, Georgia May Jagger, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson, Lily Donaldson, and David Gandy stomped up the ramps of the Union Jack stage to David Bowie’s “Fashion” dressed in Britain biggest designers, including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne West Gold Label, Erdem, Burberry, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Paul Smith, and Victoria Beckham.
The legendary Annie Lennox appeared at the bow of a gutted pirate ship to sing her 1993 hit “Little Bird” as she was flanked by a slew of ghostly dancers donned in tattered gothic garb.
The comedian channeled his Aldous Snow character from "Get Him to the Greek" and hopped aboard a multi-colored love bus filled with flower children, rolling onto the stage to the tune of Willy Wonka’s “Pure Imagination” to then perform the Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” through a megaphone.
Following the whimsical Beatles theme, Fatboy Slim arrived on stage perched on a giant glowing octopus to perform a medley of his biggest hits, including “Right Here, Right Now” and “The Rockafeller Skank.”
One of the most anticipated acts of the night, The Spice Girls, ride in on top of black cabs. The biggest girl group in history launches into their greatest reunited to perform their biggest hits, “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” to the delight of everyone in the stadium and at home.
After bringing out a giant cannon onto the stage, Monty Python alum Eric Idle strode onto the stage flanked by gorgeous angels to lead the audience in a sing-along version of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” The performance closed with a few stuntpeople getting shot out of the cannon.
Matthew Bellamy and the rest of Muse sparkled onstage as they performed the official song for the London 2012 Olympics, ”Survival” with the help of a choir. Unfortunately, many who were unable to stream the live broadcast found it cut from the TV broadcast.
After a moving tribute to Freddie Mercury, Queen took to the stage with an unexpected lead singer, Jessie J. The songstress belted out “We Will Rock You” alongside a tape of Mercury as part of the final performances of the Closing Ceremony.
In place of the Queen, Prince Harry stepped in to help officiate the Closing Ceremony along with the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, and Lord Sebastian Coe, who noted that Britain had showed the power of tenacity and ambition throughout the Games and thanked all of the volunteers who helped make the games possible.
To introduce the next host country of the Olympic games, Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, Eduardo Paes, took the Olympic flag from London’s mayor, Boris Johnson. Brazilian singer Marisa Monte joined a cavalcade of dancers in a samba with appearances by Alessandra Ambrosio and Pelé
One of the original ‘90s boy bands, Take That, performed their inspirational 2007 hit “Rule the World” as the Olympic cauldron of torches opened up and were extinguished, marking the end of the games.
Roger Daltry, Peter Townsend, and the rest of The Who showed they still have what it takes to rock a stadium as they closed the show. After the extinguishing of the Olympic torch, the band performed their iconic hits, including “Baba O’Riley,” and “My Generation.”