Commonwealth Games 2022 Closing Ceremony Features Best of Birmingham Peaky Blinders to Ozzy Osbourne

  • 2 years ago
The Commonwealth Games closing ceremony showcased the best of Birmingham tonight with appearances from Peaky Blinders and even a surprise appearance from rock legend Ozzy Osbourne.

The West Midlands' has produced a wealth of musical talent over the years, and tonight's ceremony sought to show off the very best of it to a worldwide audience and watching royalty.

Viewers were treated to performances from past stars such as Dexys Midnight Runners and UB40, to the stars of today like Jorja Smith and Mahalia - heavy metal, rap, reggae, grime and pop were all on display.

And organisers saved the best for last, as Osbourne turned up to belt out Black Sabbath's Paranoid to close the curtain on 11 days of sporting competition.

Amid the celebration the region's contribution to music, there was also a celebration of how it life has changed over the years, and a sneak peak of the new Peaky Blinders stage show.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, was among the packed out crowd at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham for the closing extravaganza, which was hailed on social media as 'Peak Brum'.

This was followed by Dexys Midnight Runners playing Come On Eileen, and the heavy rock sounds of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir booming out over the Alexander Stadium.

There were mentions of the city's multi-cultural heritage Athletes who competed in the games walked out into the stadium to The Spencer Davis Group's Keep on Running.

This was followed by Apache Indian playing their hit Boom Shak A Lak and Musical Youth performing its cannabis-inspired song Pass the Dutchie.

UB40, one of the city's most well-known exports, then played a crowd-pleasing rendition of Red Red Wine.

After this came a celebration of the 90s, played in by Panjabi MC and his international hit Mundian To Bach Ke, with Beverley Knight and Goldie giving the crowd a taste of club life with Inner City Life.

It then showcased Birmingham's influence on heavy metal, with a mash-up between R&B singer Jorja Smith and rockers Judas Priest

This was followed by Ska legends The Selector before show then moved into a Peaky Blinders-inspired rendition of Open The Gates by Laura Mvula.

A soundtrack of Duran Duran then accompanied a tribute to conic Birmingham club the Rum Runner, which was demolished to make way for a hotel, but still lives on in the hearts of clubgoers from the time.

It then leaped to the present day with grime artist Raza Hussain performing Show Me Magic, Mahlia singing her single Simmer and Jaykae rapping Toothache.