Olympic concerts to use pre-recorded backing tracks

Singers will perform live – but musicians will be miming...

Olympic concerts to use pre-recorded backing tracks

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The Olympic concerts set to take place this summer will use pre-recorded backing tracks, organisers have confirmed.

A spokesperson for the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) told NME that the opening and closing ceremony gigs will feature singers performing live, but the musicians involved will be miming. "There are elements that will be pre-recorded, but much of the show will be live," the LOCOG representative commented, clarifying earlier tabloid reports about the event.

It's believed the decision to use backing tracks was made due to concerns with the British summertime weather and the size and shape of the Olympic stadium, as its bowl-shaped design meant that sound tests were swamped with microphone feedback.

The gigs are due to take place on July 27 and August 12 respectively. Although the line-ups have yet to be confirmed, the likes of Adele, Coldplay and The Who have all been rumoured to be on the bill.

The Rolling Stones had previously been linked with playing a gig to mark the event, but a spokesperson subsequently quashed the rumours and said the band had no intention of playing concerts tied to the Olympic Games.

Previously, artistic director Kim Garvin had insisted that the show's would focus on live music and said the "intention isn't to go out there and do a mime show".

Horace Trubridge, the assistant general secretary of the Musicians Union, criticised the decision to use backing-tracks, telling The Times: "Coming from the UK, which is the home of live music, it is very poor."



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