Kim Gavin's Closing Ceremony was a very different event to Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony, and took the form of a triumphant and celebratory party that showed off the very best of British music from the last fifty years. Consequently the design for the lighting took a much more energetic and syncopated direction. With 20 different artists performing on the three different stages designed by Es Devlin, large scale effects and staging for each number, and the detail and discipline of all the Protocol moments, there was a lot to consider in producing a cohesive lighting scheme. Even more alarming was the the fact that we had to plot the show during the period of the Olympics themselves, focusing onto an empty field with no scenery and no performers. With a 17 hour change-over between Sports finishing and the Ceremony beginning, the challenge was enormous for the programming team, and indeed for the crews in every department. The first time we had any idea of what the lighting would look like was when we saw it on our TV monitors even as it was being broadcast live to the world!