Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bands on Parade to Beat Beautiful Retreat; Review

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bands on Parade to Beat Beautiful Retreat; Review

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Byline: ANDRE PAINE

INVICTUS GAMES CLOSING CONCERT Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 FOR all Prince Harry's good deeds as the driving force behind the Invictus Games, it was just as well that his own musical taste dubstep, hip-hop and heavy metal didn't dictate this line-up.

The sometime party prince was a visible presence at the finale, which proved a distraction during exsoldier James Blunt's crowd surfing. You're Beautiful was even dedicated to Harry, though he was too busy munching a burger to notice Blunt or indeed the girls seeking selfies, who were fended off by a protection officer.

With fine weather, a backdrop of the Olympic Stadium and a 26,000-capacity sell-out, the concert was a success that couldn't match the drama of the games themselves.

The medal presentations between sets were always going to pack more of an emotional punch than, say, Rizzle Kicks singing Mama Do the Hump.

Ryan Adams quickly realised this audience had no interest in his blistering Americana (it was their loss). …

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