Popledge Picks – Olympic Closing Ceremony – Key Acts and Moments
OLD AND NEW BRITISH TALENT FOR AUGUST 12
Several newspapers are reporting that the below list is confirmed but until it is released by the Olympic committee then I shall mark it down as ‘rumoured’ for now.
This could be the set-list for the London Olympics closing ceremony on August 12 though. We’ve looked through it and picked out some of our highlights for you.
Tickets for the event are still available at prices of £1,500, £995 and £655.
Opening scene – ‘Rush Hour’
Emeli Sandé – ‘Read All About It’ – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – Emeli has one of those voices that has such a beautiful tone to it – I would have preferred ‘Heaven’ but this makes sense in terms of the press coverage the event will enjoy
Julian Lloyd Webber – Elgar on Cello
Street Party ‘Notting Hill’ theme
Madness – ‘Our House’ – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – If you saw them on the Palace roof at the Jubilee party then you will know how much people love this song – expect some good British themes around this song
Parade of 160 Coldstream Guards to Blur’s ‘Parklife’, led by Ray Winstone and/or Phil Daniels – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT - this will be amazing! Again a great song to represent the UK. Phil Daniels at the Brits 2012 was great.
Pet Shop Boys – ‘West End Girls’ – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – just such a cool song, again if you saw them on the Progress tour with Take That they were entertaining as ever – expect some interesting graphics
One Direction – ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – this will just be a moment of un-adulterated joy! Such a happy song and a great representation of how a group from the UK is taking over the world
Ray Davies – ‘Waterloo Sunset’
Entrance of National Flags and 10,000 athletes
Victory Ceremony – with footage of Olympic highlights
Elbow – ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘Open Arms’ – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – Elbow make such beautiful atmospheric music – with the sun going down this will be so pretty to immerse yourself in
Symphony of British Music
George Michael – ‘Freedom’ and ‘White Light’ - POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – after having to cancel his tour last year due to ill health it will be lovely to see George back on stage – Freedom will be a moment for me
Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Pinball Wizard’ – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – a good choice to cover this Who classic – definitely one to sing along too
Tribute to British Fashion – Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella Tennant, Lily Cole and Georgia May Jagger to David Bowie’s ‘Fashion’
Annie Lennox – ‘Little Bird’
The Clash – ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ -POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT wow this will be a moment as well, such a great rock tune – you might have to ask your dad though
Ed Sheeran – ‘Wish You Were Here’
Russell Brand with French and Saunders – ‘Pretty Vacant’ – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – all three of these people are funny, it should be a great lighter moment
Fatboy Slim – ‘Right Here, Right Now’
Jessie J – ‘Price Tag’
Tinie Tempah – ‘Written in the Stars’
Taio Cruz – ‘Dynamite’
Tinie Tempah and Jessie J – ‘You Should Be Dancing’
Liam Gallagher OR Manic Street Preachers – To Be Confirmed
Eric Idle – ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’
Russell Brand – ‘I Am the Walrus’
Queen and Jessie J – ‘We Will Rock You’ – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – not Adam Lambert but I think she will fit in and sing this song well, although I am not sure why she needs to appear three times
Take That – ‘Rule the World’ – POPLEDGE HIGHLIGHT – no Robbie Williams which would have been fun but still this rousing anthem should get everyone singing
Flag Handover Ceremony
Darcey Bussell dancing to ‘Spirit of the Flame’ – Flame is extinguished
The Who perform finale
Fireworks display from roof of Olympic stadium
Our thoughts – it would have been nice to perhaps see a bit more of our dance and indie music scenes in the line-up. I still don’t understand Jessie J appearing three times on the bill when no-one else gets that privilege. It’s a pity that another young female British singer wasn’t given a chance to shine.
Overall though there is a lot to enjoy and I think they have got a good balance of old and new acts on songs throughout the set-list.