A blistering set from the Foo Fighters closed out the inaugural Invictus Games on Sunday night (14 September).
Prince Harry, the driving force behind the Games, joined a sell-out crowd of 26,000 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. Harry was inspired to create the Invictus Games – an international four-day sporting event for wounded servicemen and women – after attending the similar US-based Warrior Games last year.
Ellie Goulding, Rizzle Kicks, James Blunt, Ryan Adams and Kaiser Chiefs joined Dave Grohl & co. for the ceremony, which also honoured medal winners from all the participating countries.
The Games have widely been praised as a success. Access was there and can report that the atmosphere at the closing concert was buzzing. The national teams all got bigger cheers than any of the acts – but somehow we doubt anyone is complaining this morning. There was a genuine feeling of everyone pitching in to honour these “wounded heroes”.
Etherlive provided the wireless support for the Games’ production, and Star Events Group constructed the stage and structures used during the opening and closing ceremonies.
Watch this space for more on the Invictus Games.