03 Oct

Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Article image

When Mike Oldfield stepped out onstage at the Olympic Park in Stratford, on Friday 27th July 2012, it marked his first major live concert performance in his home country in over a decade. However, this was no ordinary show: Oldfield's music had been personally selected by Danny Boyle to play a central part in Isles Of Wonder, his specially-created work for the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Olympic Games.

In front of an estimated global viewing audience of a billion (not to mention the 80,000 in the stadium), Oldfield opened with the legendary 'Tubular Bells' before he and his band lifted off into the incredible 'Tubular Bells Swing' section, which, as many will recall, was accompanied the staff and patients of Great Ormond Street Hospital doing some remarkable choreography. Add into that newly-composed material to signal the arrival of the flying Mary Poppins, a spirited rendition of his 1975 UK Top Five single 'In Dulci Jubilo' and the beautifully wistful closing "coda", and you have eleven-and-a-half minutes of premium Mike Oldfield. It was a extraordinary night to kick-start an extraordinary Olympics, and this is extraordinary music.

Already one of the most talked about tracks on the Isles Of Wonder CD, this strictly limited 12" coloured single will be the only way that you can hear this on vinyl.

Out 8th Oct 2012, click here to Pre-Order from the OFFICIAL SHOP


Mike Oldfield promotion
Mike Oldfield promotion
Click here for the Two Sides Bonus Area
Launch audio player