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Underworld reunite with Danny Boyle for Olympic opening ceremony


Story by Jack Foley

DANCE act Underworld have been appointed music directors for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Rick Smith and Karl Hyde will reunite with director Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the opening event, and will therefore be responsible for overseeing the music in the three-hour ceremony, which takes place on July 27 in front of the eyes and ears of the world.

Underworld have previously worked with Boyle on his 1996 film Trainspotting as well as, more recently, for his National Theatre staging of Frankenstein.

They have also contributed to the director’s soundtracks for A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach and Sunshine. One of their biggest hits remains the Trainspotting track Born Slippy.

Said Hyde: “It’s a great honour to be asked to do this and one we’re taking very seriously. It’s certainly not something we’ll get the chance to do again.”

Boyle, meanwhile, has described their appointment as “the final piece of the jigsaw”.

The appointment follows news that the government has agreed to double the budget for the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies to more than £80 million.

More than 10,000 people have auditioned to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies for the event.