Organisers of this evening's Olympic Games closing ceremony have promised that the event will be 'uniquely British' affair.
David Arnold, the man tasked with bringing the 2012 Games to a triumphant close, spoke to the Daily Telegraph about what is in store for viewers and athelets alike this week, saying:
'To me, this should be the greatest after-party in the world. 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.’”
Adding: “It needs to be something where everyone, including the athletes, is going to be able to let off steam. There are seven and a half thousand of them there, so it’s a show for them all to get involved with, and hopefully it will wrap up the spirit of what these Games have been, which is slightly anarchic, slightly mischievous, funny, heart-warming, emotional, inspiring, and uniquely British.”
Photos from rehearsals for the show emerged on Friday (10 August, 2012) which showed The Spice Girls performing on top of black taxis in the stadium. Earlier this week it was rumoured that Kate Bush would make an appearance at the show, but her performance has yet to be confirmed.
Muse (pictured) and Take That are on the line up for Sunday night's show, with Gary Barlow said to be determined to perform, despite the loss this week of fourth daughter Poppy, who was stillborn.
Photos: What to expect from the Olympic closing ceremony