Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys have revealed they felt nervous before performing at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as the sporting event marks its first anniversary.
The band played their debut single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ at the event.
Singer Alex Turner said: “We did the Olympics thing last year and I was really nervous. Until about ten seconds before I walked out I was like ‘What is happening here?’.
“I was in a weird panic. We never had fireworks until we did that Olympics thing – we didn’t know what was happening.
“It was great, man. You can’t lose, you can do anything if you have fireworks!”
Drummer Matt Helders added: “I was comparing the Olympics thing to Glastonbury, but there we only did two songs.”
Bassist Nick O’Malley said: “I think it would have been bigger if it were more songs, but because it was so short it wasn’t.”
Alex added: “But people think both of those things are quite prestigious. The Olympics was like representing your country, but Glastonbury is the festival that everyone wants to headline.”