After the glittering performances of the likes of George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, The Spice Girls, Take That and Liam Gallagher at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony on 12th August, the Paralympics’ closing night on Sunday is expected to be similarly spectacular.
Chris Martin of Coldplay has played a key role in putting together the playlist for the night, with another bumper global TV audience set to tune in for the show, and Coldplay to be joined in performing on the night by artists such as Rihanna and Jay-Z.
News of Jay-Z’s involvement came as a surprise in the days building up to the finale of a superb summer of sport in the English capital, as the Daily Mirror got the exclusive on the rapper’s starring role.
Apparently Coldplay front man Martin was influential in securing the American hip-hop star’s presence, according to a source quoted in the Mirror who stated, “Jay-Z and Chris Martin are close friends so he helped to get the rapper on board. They are putting together a spectacular set list – one likely to include a duet.
“It’s going to be one hell of a show and fans of both artists will be clamouring for tickets. The Paralympics has exceeded all expectation and, like the rest of the world, Jay-Z has been blown away by their bravery and athleticism. This will be a concert like no other and a fantastic end to what has been the most successful Paralympics ever.”
Earlier in the summer as part of the London 2012 festival and Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend Jay-Z helped kick off a series of massive cultural events in London, so his involvement in Sunday’s closing party is a fitting denouement to what has been a brilliant time for fans of music and sport in the city.
- Chris Martin
- George Michael