The acts rumoured to have turned down the offer to play at the Olympic Closing Ceremony on Sunday August 12 include David Bowie, Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones and Kate Bush.
According to the Guardian, all of the above artists were approached, but declined the invite to take part in the £15m show from the ceremony's producer Kim Gavin.
Carl Barat from The Libertines also took to Twitter during the ceremony to say that him and his former bandmates turned down the chance to perform, because they "couldn't do it".
The Who - who performed a medley of tracks ending with My Generation - reportedly turned down the request to play twice, only changing their minds when realising the promotional opportunity after announcing a US tour in July.
The three hour show – which featured live performances from The Spice Girls, Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs, Liam Gallagher, Jessie J, Queen, Annie Lennox, George Michael and Take That - was watched by 10,000 athletes and 80,000 spectators in the Stratford Olympic Stadium and an estimated global audience of four billion.
A Symphony of British Music – Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, was digitally released on Decca Records/UMC and follows the dedicated opening ceremony album Isles of Wonder – Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.