Underworld have been selected to create the music for London Olympic opening ceremony next year. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog) confirmed the appointment today. As the event's musical directors they will be responsible for all the music in the three-hour ceremony on July 27th.
"We want to leave people with a musical memory of the show rather than a purely visual one. It's a great honour to be asked to do this and one we're taking very seriously - it's certainly not something we'll get the chance to do again."
Oscar winning director Danny Boyle has been appointed the artistic director of the ceremony. He said "Appointing Underworld to direct the music in the Olympic opening ceremony is the final piece of the jigsaw for the team of leading British creatives who will deliver the ceremonies.
"What's interesting about working with them is how much broader their taste is than you might imagine. With Frankenstein we really saw how far we could take a broader approach than we'd used together on the films."
The dance duo have a career spanning more than 30 years, with six albums and two Mercury Music Prize nominations.
"Performing takes you to wonderful places and there’s the coming together of thousands of people who are buzzing and giving you their energy; at the same time, when you make the music, you get about thirty seconds of happiness". Chris Honnery spe...