The Paralympics came to an end tonight in a blaze of glory, with Coldplay leading the celebrations at the Olympic Park in Stratford, joined by two of the biggest stars on the planet Jay Z and Rihanna.
After 11 days of competition and over 120 medals for Team GB, the athletes were ready for a party and Coldplay, led by frontman Chris Martin were more than ready to deliver.
Kicking off the ‘Festival of flames’ with a psychedelic, futuristic style battle sequence the 80,000 spectators and gathered athletes were treated to an array of spectacular dance scenes. Against a back drop of flame throwers, coloured smoke flares and an army of drummers and dancers, Coldplay took to the stage firing off hits past and present to the delight of the crowd.
‘Paradise’, ‘Yellow’ and ‘Speed of Sound’ were just a few of the tracks that provided the soundtrack to the evening as dancers and performers continued the party alongside the British chart topping band.
Coldplay were joined on stage by Rihanna to perform their track ‘Princess of China’. The 24 year-old, who arrived on top of a mechanical steamboat, wore head to toe bright orange and was still sporting the cropped hair-do she debuted at the MTV VMAs earlier this week.
The singer then gave a vibrant performance of her hit ‘We Found Love’ as she swung from a metal chair above the stage.
As Chris told the audience that they were coming towards the final track of the night he took the opportunity to thank the country and the athletes for a magical summer of sport and music. With the night finally ending with an extravogant firework display, lighting up the capital.
Coldplay & Rihanna - Princess of China
Coldplay & Rihanna - We Found Love
Coldplay, Jay-Z & Rihanna - Run This Town & Paradise
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