London Olympics opening ceremony soundtrack to be released immediately after event

Music from the opening ceremony of the London 2012 games will go on sale at 12am July 28

The soundtrack to the London Olympics’ opening ceremony will go on sale to the general public shortly after the event at midnight Saturday (July 28).

The music from the ceremony, which will mark the start of the 2012 London Olympics, will be released digitally and will feature new tracks by Underworld and songs from artists who will perform on the night from the Olympic stadium.

Titled ‘Isles Of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games’, the album will see a physical release on August 6. The opening ceremony album takes its title from the “Isles of Wonder” speech in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which Olympic director Danny Boyle cited as the inspiration behind the event.

As organisers of the games want to keep who is performing at the opening ceremony a secret, Decca/Universal – the record label behind the release – have kept the tracklisting a secret so as not to spoil any potential surprises. However, last month, a leaked document revealed Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse and Muse may appear on the soundtrack.

Paul McCartney, who has already announced he will be playing a few of his songs at the event and Underworld, who have have been named as the opening ceremony’s music directors, are likely to appear on the album.

‘A Symphony of British Music: Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games’, an album containing music performed on the final night, will be released digitally on August 12.

Muse‘s ‘Survival’ has been named the official song of the London 2012 Olympics. You can hear the track, which will be played when athletes enter the stadium, in the lead up to the medal ceremony and also as the theme for all international TV coverage, below.