Elbow to soundtrack BBC’s London 2012 Olympic coverage

Manchester band record brand-new composition for the Games

Indie band Elbow have confirmed that they will provide an all-new piece of music to soundtrack the BBC’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympics.


The Manchester group made the announcement on their official Facebook page, telling fans that they’d almost finished recording the new tune.

Lead singer Guy Garvey said: “We are knocked out to be involved and it’s been quite a challenge.

“We have feelings of real responsibility as we will be the soundtrack to so many images of personal sacrifice and endeavour while the nation roots for and celebrates with Team GB.”

The tune, tentatively titled First Steps, will soundtrack Auntie’s entire build-up to and coverage of the Games.

Garvey, who hosts a radio show on BBC6 Music, revealed in an interview with the station that the track will begin premièring on BBC radio networks from next spring, and will feature a choir taking centre-stage on the recording. 

“From day one I didn’t want it to be my voice, I didn’t want it to be specifically like an Elbow song,” said the singer, who added: “I didn’t want it to be about athletics, because that wouldn’t be sincere, really.”

“The thing that will give it away as Elbow music is the string arrangements, because I wrote the string arrangements again. So it sounds like us, but it’ll sound a lot posher.”

Elbow’s most recent dealing with the BBC occurred last Thursday, when the band were featured as part of Children in Need Rocks Manchester, playing Open Arms and One Day Like This during the broadcast.

The band announced over the summer that they had begun work on their sixth studio album.

See Elbow performing One Day Like This in Manchester last week: