David Guetta will write the official UEFA Euro 2016 theme song, which will be released before the football tournament in France next year.
Confirmed by the EDM star on Twitter, Guetta will also perform at the competition’s opening ceremony at the Stade de France during June of next year. The Frenchman’s role will also extend beyond writing the theme song, as he will create what UEFA call the “musical identity” of the tournament, which includes everything from in-stadia audio to global broadcast sequences.
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Secrets out then. I’m the musical ambassador for UEFA Euro 2016.@uefaeuro bring it on!
— David Guetta (@davidguetta) June 10, 2015
Guetta will also perform a free concert at the Champ Mars in Paris on June 9, 2016, the eve of the tournament. Speaking about the announcement, Guetta said: “It is incredibly exciting to be part of this huge football tournament in my home country. Music and football go hand in hand. We want the fans to be at the very heart of everything that we do.”
UEFA president Michael Platini added: “We wanted to work with David Guetta because he has proven throughout his career that he can create music which inspires people all around the world. David’s music has great energy so we look forward to seeing and hearing him add to the spirit and atmosphere of the tournament.”
David Guetta was forced to DJ from USB stick at Coachella festival in April, an experience he described as “old school”. He was also “honoured” when his music was used in the 30th anniversary episode of Eastenders.