RSS
Olympic closing ceremony celebrates British music
 
Posh, Sporty, Ginger, Baby and Scary aka The Spice Girls, are set to close out the 2012 Olympics in London. 
Posh, Sporty, Ginger, Baby and Scary aka The Spice Girls, are set to close out the 2012 Olympics in London. 
Getty Images

In an arguably hipster take on the closing ceremonies tradition, the London Olympics wrapped up with an anything-but-fusty tribute to Britain's pop music, one of the nation's most influential exports. With the field of Olympic Stadium transformed into a gigantic Union Jack, musical acts arrived by car, motorcycle, taxi, semi-trailer, and — in the case of Freddie Mercury and John Lennon — video transmissions from the past. From millennial acts like Jessie J. and One Direction to more established artists such as Annie Lennox and the (reunited) Spice Girls, "Britain bid a lyrical farewell to the Olympics... with a bit of self-deprecation, an exhibition of national pride and a genuine desire to show the world a good time."

 

THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER

Subscribe to the Week