Kate Bush, The Who and George Michael tipped for Olympics Closing Ceremony
Speculation is mounting that Kate Bush will join artists including The Who, George Michael and Muse to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony.
Full details about the line-up for the musical extravaganza that will bring the London Games to an end are being kept a closely-guarded secret, but some acts have confirmed they are playing and there are strong rumours about others.
Fans of Bush had their hopes raised when a new 2012 remix of her classic song Running Up That Hill appeared on the Amazon website with a release date of this Sunday, the day of the closing ceremony.
The listing was later removed and there has been no official confirmation that reclusive 54-year-old British singer-songwriter, who has not toured since 1979, will perform.
Kim Gavin, the artistic director of the closing ceremony, has said that it will be an “elegant mash-up” of British music from Elgar to Adele, with much-loved songs arranged in a symphonic structure, rather than a conventional concert.
It will be simpler than Danny Boyle’s epic, spectacular opening ceremony because there are only 17 hours between the end of sporting events and the start of the show in front of 80,000 people in the Olympic Stadium.
The London Symphony Orchestra will perform along with well-known pop and rock musicians.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey recently disclosed that his group had recorded a piece of music that is a “fabulous ending for the Olympics”.
George Michael confirmed this week that he will appear, writing on Twitter: “Spending most of the next week rehearsing like crazy for the Olympic closing ceremony.
"Obviously a bit nervous not having played for nearly a year, but rehearsals sounding great so far!”
Muse, the rock group who wrote the official Olympics song, Survival, have also said they will be playing at the closing ceremony.
Take That, whose comeback live shows were directed by Gavin , have been widely tipped to appear, although singer Gary Barlow’s presence is in doubt after his daughter Poppy was stillborn.
Ed Sheeran, the singer-songwriter, said he would perform Pink Floyd’s song Wish You Were Here with the rock group, although the band have denied that they will play at the show.
Other artists rumoured to be appearing include the Spice Girls, Madness, Elbow and Ray Davies, the former Kinks frontman.
Reports suggest that the closing ceremony will include a routine based around rush hour in London, including models of landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye.
A replica of the Reliant Robin owned by Del Boy in the BBC comedy series Only Fools and Horses is also expected to make an appearance.