Olympics Closing Ceremony Will Be The Ultimate "After Show Party"

11 August 2012, 08:33

Take That's Gary Barlow is expected to take the stage alongside acts like Ed Sheeran and Jessie J.

The Olympic closing ceremony will be the ultimate "after show party", London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has said.

The event at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday (12th August) has been kept a closely guarded secret, but acts spotted at rehearsals have included The Spice Girls, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Ed Sheeran.

Speaking to the Press Association, Lord Coe, who was the mastermind behind the London Games, said: "It's not anything desperately profound. It's not the opening ceremony but I think it will be great.

"It's basically a tribute to British music over the last few decades. It's fun."

It has been reported today (11th August) that Take That are expected to take to the stage alongside Gary Barlow, who is currently mourning the loss of his fourth child Poppy.

The Opening Ceremony last month only featured a few live acts, including Dizzee Rascal:

Music director David Arnold, who has composed the music for five James Bond films, has spent two years working on the event with a team that includes Kim Gavin – the man behind Take That 's 2011 'Progress' tour.

Other acts expected to feature include Muse, George Michael, Queen guitarist Brian May and the Pet Shop Boys.

One Direction are also tipped to perform at the extravaganza, which has been billed as an event "full of amazing British music".

In addition to the live performances, 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.