Emeli Sande opened the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics tonight (August 12, London time).
The British singer performed a cover of Professor Green’s “Read All About It” as she kicked off the hugely-anticipated event in the Olympic Stadium, in Stratford, East London.
Her performance was followed by a rendition by the cast of the West End show Stomp, ahead of the official arrival of Britain’s Prince Harry, who was attending in place of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
1980s groups Madness and Pet Shop Boys sang their hits “Our House” and “West End Girls” respectively, before boy band of the moment, One Direction, arrived to sing their smash “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Ray Davies—former frontman of The Kinks—then had the 80,000-strong crowd singing along to his classic “Waterloo Sunset.”
Emeli then returned to the stage—which is a replica of London’s main attractions—to finish off her version of “Read All About It,” while a montage of the most memorable moments from the 2012 London Games were shown on the big screen.
Following her performance, every flag from the competing nations was brought into the stadium, with Team Great Britain’s carried by gold medal-winning sailor Ben Ainslie, as all the athletes then made their way into the stunning venue.