London 2012 – A Musical Guide to the Opening Ceremony

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In the wake of the London 2012 opening ceremony, we here at Indie Current thought it only right we take a look at the occasion from a musical perspective. The highlight for many was undoubtedly the two song set from kings of cool Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner & Co. followed “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” with their rendition of The Beatles‘ “Come Together.” Perhaps the one act capable of doing the fab-four justice. Arctic‘s performance was true to the original while still distinctly their own, and the cover was so well received, it’s now shot up the Top 20 of the UK’s download charts.

The opening ceremony featured another indie favourite in the form of Two Door Cinema Club frontman Alex Trimble, who provided vocals to the official London 2012 anthem “Caliban’s Dream.” The song was used as a backdrop during the lighting of the olympic cauldron, and while the choir-boy vocals required for the symphony set anthem, they were something of a departure from the feel-good riffs of TDCC. Overall, the track set the mood for one of the more emotive moments of the evening and provided a chance for Trimble to flex a slightly different lyrical muscle.

The ceremony also featured live performances from Dizzee Rascal and Paul McCartney — a microcosm of the diversity of performances on show throughout the night. Finally, to end the night off right there was a soundtrack-set performance featuring everything from The Rolling Stones, to Bowie, to Tinie Tempah.