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Opening Ceremony

From the Olympic Stadium, the 30th Olympiad is officially declared open by Her Majesty the Queen. The event features a stunning cultural show ahead of the athletes' parade.

Coverage of the opening ceremony, which officially starts at 9.00, with the eyes of the world focused on the Olympic Stadium as the 30th Olympiad is officially declared open by Her Majesty the Queen.

Film director Danny Boyle is set to produce a stunning cultural show ahead of the athletes' parade, during which over 200 countries are expected to be represented. This is followed by the official opening, the arrival of the torch and the lighting of the cauldron.

3 hours, 50 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Frank Turner

    I Still Believe

  • High Contrast

    The Road Goes On Forever (One Minute To Midnight Extended Mix)

  • **** Buttons

    Surf Solar

  • Captain Algernon Drummond

    Eton Boating Song

    Lyricist: William Johnson Cory.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber


    Performer: Julian Lloyd Webber.
  • Sex Pistols

    God Save The Queen

  • Simon May

    Eastenders Theme (2009 Version)

  • The Clash

    London Calling

  • Lily Allen


  • Muse

    Map of the Problematique

  • Four Nations Choirs

    Jerusalem / Flower of Scotland / Danny Boy / Bread of Heaven

  • François‐Xavier Roth


    Orchestra: LSO On Track.
  • Underworld & Evelyn Glennie

    And I Will Kiss

  • George Frideric Handel

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

  • Eric Coates

    The Dam Busters March

    Orchestra: Ron Goodwin and His Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Eric Coates.
  • Monty Norman

    James Bond Theme

    Performer: John Barry and His Orchestra.
  • Blanck Mass


    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
  • unknown

    God Save the Queen

    Music Arranger: Gordon Jacob.
  • Mike Oldfield

    Tubular Bells / In Dulci Jubilo

  • Vangelis

    Chariots of Fire

  • Arthur Wood

    The Archers theme

  • Winifred Atwell

    Black and White Rag

  • Sugababes

    Push the Button

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Enola Gay

  • Lionel Bart

    Food Glorious Food

  • Rizzle Kicks

    When I Was a Youngster

  • The Jam

    Going Underground

  • Eric Clapton

    Wonderful Tonight

  • Colin Tully

    Gregory's Girl theme

  • Charlie Chaplin

    La Violetera

  • The Who

    My Generation

  • The Rolling Stones

    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

  • Millie Small

    My Boy Lollipop

  • The Kinks

    All Day and All of the Night

  • The Beatles

    She Loves You

  • Mud

    Tiger Feet

  • Led Zeppelin

    Trampled Under Foot

  • The Specials

    A Message to You Rudy

  • David Bowie


  • Queen

    Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Sex Pistols

    Pretty Vacant

  • New Order

    Blue Monday

  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood


  • Soul II Soul

    Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) (feat. Caron Wheeler)

  • Happy Mondays

    Step On

  • Eurythmics

    Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

  • The Prodigy


  • Underworld

    Born Slippy

  • John Kellette

    I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

    Lyricist: Jaan Kenbrovin.
  • Blur

    Song 2

  • Dizzee Rascal & Armand van Helden


  • AR Rahman

    Nimma Nimma

    Performer: Jaspreet Jasz.
  • Mark Ronson

    Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse)

  • Muse


  • Tinie Tempah

    Pass Out

  • Dizzee Rascal & Armand van Helden


  • Emeli Sandé


  • David Holmes

    I Heard Wonders

  • Brian Eno

    An Ending

  • Emeli Sandé

    Abide With Me

  • The Chemical Brothers


  • Underworld

    Moon In Water (Instrumental)

  • Underworld

    Always Loved a Film (Instrumental)

  • Underworld


    High Contrast Remix

  • Pet Shop Boys

    West End Girls

  • Underworld


    High Contrast Remix

  • Bee Gees

    Stayin' Alive

  • High Contrast


  • High Contrast

    Ghost Dance

  • Underworld

    Dark and Long (Dark Train)

  • Underworld

    Dark and Long

    Remix Artist: Darren Price. Remix Artist: High Contrast.
  • High Contrast

    The Long Way Home

  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Mr. Blue Sky

  • **** Buttons


    Remix Artist: High Contrast.
  • U2

    Where The Streets Have No Name

  • David Bowie


  • The Chemical Brothers


  • Arctic Monkeys

    I Bet You Look Good On the Dance Floor

  • Arctic Monkeys

    Come Together

  • Underworld, Evelyn Glennie, Elizabeth Roberts & Alex Trimble

    Caliban's Dream

    Choir: Dockhead Choir. Choir: Only Men Aloud.
  • Pink Floyd


  • Paul McCartney

    Hey Jude


Role Contributor
Executive Producer Paul Davies
Presenter Sue Barker
Presenter Huw Edwards
Presenter Gary Lineker
Presenter Jake Humphrey
Presenter Mishal Husain


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