Elbow's Olympic Soundtrack Unveiled

Dave Newbury
By Dave Newbury Last edited 79 months ago
Elbow's Olympic Soundtrack Unveiled

Elbow’s sweeping soundtrack to the BBC’s coverage of the running and jumping has been unveiled, and could rival Pomp And Circumstance in its grandiosity.

First Steps, a specially commissioned track featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Community Gospel Choir, can be heard in a one minute trailer on Aunty Beeb’s website.

The trailer showcases the torch relay, but the anthem is set to be used relentlessly on video montages of golden achievements, teary moments and, no doubt, slow motion footage.

The Bury five-piece said at the time their involvement was announced: “We are knocked out to be involved in what has been a great challenge.”

Meanwhile , a concert marking the opening ceremony has also been announced, showing British music is very...well... white, male, safe and middle class.

The snappily named BT London Live Olympic Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert will take place in Hyde Pak on 27 July, soundtracked by live permormances by nice artists from the four home nations.

Stereophonics represent Wales, Snow Patrol fly Northern Ireland’s flag, it’s Paulo Nutini for Scotland while those ‘Wild Boys’ Duran Duran showcase England. Actually Le Bon and the gang is a good choice as The Sport will be in Rio in 2016.

A closing ceremony concert featuring, Blur, New Order and The Specials takes place on 12 August on the same stage.

Tickets for The BT London Live Olympic Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert go on sale Friday 4 May through http://www.btlondonlive.com/

Last Updated 01 May 2012