Coldplay, Rihanna & Jay-Z close London’s Paralympic Games
The inspiring London Paralympics closed with a ‘Festival of Flames’ and concert from Coldplay and their megastar guests.
Last night Coldplay took to the stage and closed London’s summer of sports with a concert of celebration. The British band dominated the Paralympics closing ceremony with hit songs and tracks from their Mylo Xyloto album.
Director Kim Gavin returned after the splendour that was the opening ceremony, and gave the world a show to remember. The show started with the inspiring athletes entering the stadium swiftly – cutting out a time-consuming parade; followed by a ‘Festival of Flames’ which was the theme of the night. There was then a pageant of mechanical objects, dancing and music from Charles Hazelwoods’ ‘ParaOrchestra’ – who played with Coldplay.
Rihanna then arrived on a boat over-clothed in an orange cape to join Chris Martin and co. on the stage to perform ‘Princess of China’. The Bajan beauty then dropped her cape to reveal an orange two piece and swung above the stage as she upped the tempo with ‘We Found Love’. After a break for Sebastian Coe and Sir Philip Craven’s speeches and for Boris Johnson to pass over the Paralympic flag to Brazil, Coldplay and Rihanna returned to the stage with rapper Jay-Z.
After performing ‘Run This Town’, they performed ‘Paradise’ for the second time but a remixed version with Jay-Z lending a verse.
Overall the night was one of celebration and reflection through the inspirational speeches and musical performances. If there was two messages that the flame festival left, it was that there is are limitations and that the Paralympians are going to keep burning like and eternal flame.