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Which British acts will be at the Closing Ceremonies?

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The ceremonies end a nonstop two-week event

We are just a few short days away from the end of the 2012 Summer Games. But before it ends, the Closing Ceremony has to be the "greatest after-party in the world."

One Direction

With so many different sources reporting who will be performing at the London Closing Ceremonies, it's hard to know who to believe.

"The games will come to a rousing finish with performances by One DirectionSpice GirlsThe WhoGeorge Michael and Take That,” said E! News.

E! got their information from a "source," saying that the news has been on "top-secret lockdown."

But those aren't the only performers showing up.

"Queen with Brian May, Jessie J, Madness, Pet Shop Boys and Russell Brand will also be taking part in the extravaganza, according to the source," they said.

According to The Independent, Ed Sheeran and Muse are expected to show up as well.

Billboard.com adds Kate Bush to that list.

Those responsible for putting the ceremony together are excited at the possibilities.

"To me, this should be the greatest after-party in the world," music director David Arnold told The Telegraph. "If the Opening Ceremony was the wedding, then we're the wedding reception."

According to the official London 2012 website, the ceremonies will feature over 15,000 performers and will consist of a march of the athletes, the flag-bearers, speeches, extinguishing the flame and, of course, the performers.

"London Mayor Boris Johnson will... return the Olympic flag to Jacques Rogge, the President of the IOC, who will present it to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes," said The Independent.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the next host of the Olympics in 2016.

"It needs to be something where everyone, including the athletes, is going to be able to let off steam," said Arnold. "There are seven and a half thousand of them there, so it's a show for them all to get involved with, and hopefully it will wrap up the spirit of what these Games have been, which is slightly anarchic, slightly mischievous, funny, heart-warming, emotional, inspiring, and uniquely British."

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