London 2012: Olympic Games Closing Ceremony Will Be "Cheeky And Camp"
9 August 2012, 11:15
David Arnold reveals the plans for the much-anticipated concert at the Olympic Stadium.
The London 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony will be "cheeky" and "camp", according to music director David Arnold.
A host of huge British music stars are expected to take to the stage at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday (12th August) to officially bring the curtain down on London 2012.
One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Muse and Take That have all been linked to the ceremony, but none have so far been confirmed.
Arnold, who has composed the music for five James Bond films, has spent two years working on the closing ceremony with a team that includes Kim Gavin – the man behind Take That's 2011 'Progress' tour.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Arnold promised that the closing ceremony would be "full of amazing British music".
Last month saw the London 2012 Olympics begins with Danny Boyle's impressive opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium:
"It's going to be beautiful, cheeky, cheesy, camp, silly and thrilling," he said.
"We're trying to have moments where someone from the Cotswolds watching it on TV and someone from a tower block overlooking it in the East End will be able to find something in it of which they can say, that’s us, really, that’s Britain."
He added: "If the Opening Ceremony was the wedding, then we're the wedding reception. We're the one where everyone gets out of their cars at the village hall, goes 'Wasn't that lovely, everyone looked great, let's put on 'Blame It On the Boogie' and have a laugh.'"
The closing ceremony will feature 4,100 performers, including 3,880 volunteers. Rehearsals are currently taking place at a disused warehouse in Dagenham.
In addition to the live performance, the closing ceremony will also feature the extinguishing of the Olympic flame and official handover to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, where the next Games will take place in 2016.