Commonwealth Games closing show to wink at Peaky Blinders | Commonwealth Games 2022
Jorja Smith, Laura Mvula and UB40 will be among the artists performing at Monday’s Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, which will also include a nod to hit TV show Peaky Blinders.
The ceremony in Birmingham, celebrating the musical heritage of the West Midlands, marks the end of 11 days of sporting action in which 4,500 Commonwealth athletes competed in 19 sports and eight para-sports.
Beverley Knight, Dexys Midnight Runners, Goldie and Musical Youth, best known for their 1982 hit Pass the Dutchie, are other artists who have performed at the event which takes place at the Alexander Stadium.
Recognizing the cultural impact of Peaky Blinders – one of Birmingham’s major exports of the last decade – there will be a segment of the theatrical spectacle Peaky Blinders: Thomas Shelby’s Redemption, which will have its world premiere in the city next month .
British singer Mvula will give a special performance of a newly commissioned track based on the song Red Right Hand by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, which is used as the theme music for the TV series.
Martin Green, creative director of the Birmingham Games, said they had wanted to create a “spectacular” lineup of global artists from the West Midlands for an “exhilarating musical production” to close out the sporting event.
“The blend of high-octane performance will celebrate the vibrant energy and cultural heritage of this incredible city as we wrap up this spectacular home Games,” he added.
Boris Johnson said the Games had been a “shining example” of the power of sport to “strengthen the bonds between our unique partnership of Commonwealth nations”.
The Prime Minister praised Birmingham for being “a fantastic first-time host” and “consolidating the UK’s well-deserved reputation for hosting major sporting events on the world stage”.
He also thanked the volunteers, the public and the athletes for making these Games “the best ever”.
Johnson added that the success of Birmingham 2022 “will be measured not just in medals won or records broken, but also in the number of people who are inspired to play sport as a result and who will be able, thanks to this government’s massive investment in the sports base in recent years.
He said the West Midlands will “reap the benefits of the lasting economic legacy” of the Games, which he added will “drive trade, jobs and growth in the region for a generation to come”.
The closing ceremony, which will air at 8 p.m. on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, will include an official handover to the state of Victoria, Australia, which hosts the 2026 Commonwealth Games.