Everyone said it would be impossible to top Beijing’s visually stunning opening ceremony, but it’s fair to say that Danny Boyle’s four hour spectacular last night did just that.
Alongside the incredible set designs, the inspired comedy sketches and spectacular fireworks, a whole host of musicians played a vital part in the event, many of whom have since taken to Twitter to reveal how honoured they felt to be involved.
Emeli Sande, who performed a poignant version of hymn, ‘Abide With Me,’ tweeted:
I will never ever forget tonight, thank you so much to Danny Boyle and all his team for this incredible experience. twitter.com/emelisande/sta…
— Emeli Sandé (@emelisande) July 27, 2012
Frank Turner, who warmed up the crowd before the show officially started, posted:
So yeah. Just played the prologue of the Olympic opening ceremony. Been keeping that secret for a little while now!! Totally insane.
— Frank Turner (@fthc) July 27, 2012
Two Door Cinema Club frontman Alex Trimble, who sang the Underworld-penned track ‘Caliban’s Dream’ during the lighting of the cauldron, said:
Thank you all so much for all your love. Love love love.
— Alex Trimble (@AlexJTrimble) July 28, 2012
Paul McCartney’s sing-along rendition of The Beatles’ classic, ‘Hey Jude’, didn’t exactly receive the most positive online reaction as it closed the whole shebang, but it doesn’t seem like anyone has told the pop legend himself:
Thanks for the great response guys! Tonight was terrific, great, really cool.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) July 28, 2012
Dizzee Rascal, Arctic Monkeys and Mike Oldfield also took to the stage during the show, which included The Queen in a sketch with James Bond, Mr. Bean in a homage to Chariots Of Fire and arguably the most breath-taking history lesson in erm, history. Beat that Rio 2016!