A Symphony of British Music

The London 2012 Olympics has Inspired a Generation.

Has been a joy to be a Londoner the past few weeks, so much positivity, pride and passion in the city.

Surprised how big a part music played in a sporting event, here are a few of the artists featured in some way.

The concert in Hyde Park on the night of the opening ceremony consisted of artists representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Paulo Nutini, V2007, Chelmsford, 18th August 2007
Paulo Nutini, V2007, Chelmsford, 18th August 2007
Duran Duran, performing live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 7th March 2011
Duran Duran, performing live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 7th March 2011
Stereophonics, performing live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 19th December 2011
Stereophonics, performing live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 19th December 2011
Snow Patrol, V2007, Chelmsford, 18th August 2007
Snow Patrol, V2007, Chelmsford, 18th August 2007

I didn’t have tickets to any of the events, but took a few photos of London landmarks decorated with the Olympic rings…

Bobby Moore Statue, Wembley Stadium
Bobby Moore Statue, Wembley Stadium
Tower Bridge, illuminated Gold to celebrate more Gold Medals for Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics
Tower Bridge, illuminated Gold to celebrate Team GB’s success
The Shard and Tower Bridge with the Olympic Rings
The Shard and Tower Bridge with the Olympic Rings

The closing ceremony was as much a symphony of British Music as the opening ceremony had been, though the closing ceremony differed in that it had many more of our great Bristish artists performing live.

Dizzee Rascal, Shockwaves NME Awards Show, Shepherds Bush Empire, 17th February 2008
Dizzee Rascal, Shepherds Bush Empire, 17th February 2008
Emeli Sandé, performing live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 16th April 2012
Emeli Sandé, performing live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 16th April 2012
Madness, Brixton Academy, 7th December 2006
Madness, Brixton Academy, 7th December 2006
The Specials, performing live at O2 Brixton Academy, 31st October 2011
The Specials, performing live at O2 Brixton Academy, 31st October 2011
New Order, performing live at O2 Academy Brixton, 2nd May 2012
New Order, performing live at O2 Academy Brixton, 2nd May 2012
Blur, performing live at Brixton Academy, 2nd December 2003
Blur, performing live at Brixton Academy, 2nd December 2003
Pet Shop Boys, Warchild, Brixton Academy, 1st November 2007
Pet Shop Boys, Warchild, Brixton Academy, 1st November 2007
Ray Davies at Shepherds Bush Empire, 11th February 2006
Ray Davies at Shepherds Bush Empire, 11th February 2006
Kaiser Chiefs, Xfm's Winter Wonderland; Brixton Academy; 11th December 2005
Kaiser Chiefs, Brixton Academy; 11th December 2005
Ed Sheeran, performing live at O2 Academy Brixton, 20th January 2012
Ed Sheeran, performing live at O2 Academy Brixton, 20th January 2012
Jessie J, performing live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 5th April 2011
Jessie J, performing live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 5th April 2011
Tinie Tempah, performing live at  Wembley Arena, 10th November 2011
Tinie Tempah, performing live at Wembley Arena, 10th November 2011
Fat Boy Slim, Brixton Academy, 26th November 2004
Fat Boy Slim, Brixton Academy, 26th November 2004
Russell Brand, performing live at Brixton Academy, 10th February 2009
Russell Brand, performing live at Brixton Academy, 10th February 2009
Liam Gallagher
Oasis’s Liam Gallagher
Queen, Brixton Academy, 28th March 2005
Queen, Brixton Academy, 28th March 2005
Take That's Gary Barlow
Take That’s Gary Barlow

From the concerts in Hyde Park to the opening and closing ceremony, The London 2012 Olympics really showed off some Great British musicians.

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