It's been confirmed that musicians performing at the special Olympic concerts in the summer will in fact be miming to backing tracks. A spokesperson for the London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog) told music website the NME "There are elements that will be pre-recorded, but much of the show will be live." It's odd news, and perhaps disappointing for many, although the nature of the performers hasn't been revealed yet and so any grumblings would likely be confined to any bands booked for the show.
It's been rumoured for weeks that this might end up being the eventuality, and the reasons behind it are thought to be to do with the inconsistent British summertime weather and the size and shape of the Olympic stadium. Sound tests were conducted at the venue and its bowl-shaped design meant that the sound was swamped with microphone feedback.
The gigs will take place on July 27th and August 12th, with the likes of The Who, Adele and Coldplay all rumoured to be playing. Of course the other big gig taking place in London to mark the end of the Olympics will also fall on August 12th and will feature Blur playing possibly their final ever gig as they headline a Hyde Park bill that features New Order and The Specials among others.