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Mike Oldfield plays to his biggest ever audience

We hope you managed to see the Olympics Opening Ceremony – we’ve been itching but unable to share for months! We (and it seems the rest of the World) were mightily impressed with Danny Boyle’s incredibly diverse and humorous presentation of Great Britain, made all the more special because Mike’s World-class, timeless and epic work has finally got the recognition and exposure it deserves. It goes without saying that Tubular Bells, Two Sides, QE2 and Platinum are all much higher in the Amazon charts than they were yesterday! Mike’s contribution is available in full on the Isles of Wonder album. Hats off to all involved!

Mike Oldfield in London

On the eve of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, which features Mike’s music and the World’s largest harmonically tuned bell, Mike has been spotted in London. We suggest you may want to watch the Opening Ceremony tomorrow at 9pm (BST)!

Platinum and QE2 Deluxe Editions

In addition to Mike recently announcing he is working on the “project of a lifetime” (more on this here, but more still to come), Platinum and QE2 Deluxe editions and a self compiled career restrospective are to be released on 30th July.

Mike guests on new Terry Oldfield album

Terry Oldfield has finished work on the recording of his new album Journey Into Space featuring Mike on guitars. It includes a track called Flight of the Eagle, which is an arrangement of a piece that Mike and Terry used to play live in Barefoot, their pre Tubular Bells band.  This track also features Mike on guitars. Further details are available at Terry’s website.

New radio Interview

Phoning in from the Bahamas, Mike was guest on Radcliffe & Maconie on BBC’s 6 Music today. As well as talking about Incantations, key extracts were that he has done a remote recording session with drummer John Robinson via Skype and has been working on club remixes of old material. He said there “may be something next year, with the possibility of a live show, although it’s very early days”. We will share any updates here as soon as we get them. He also confirmed that preliminary work on the Telecaster album has not progressed, although the ideas are stored and may develop one day. Most importantly, he announced he is still working and producing whilst also spending plenty of time playing with the kids!

Mercury to re-release Tubular Bells

Now that Mercury have taken over Mike’s back catalogue, they are relaunching Tubular Bells with a totalof six different releases on June 8th. See a Universal interview with Mike here. The new TV advertised stereo mix and compilation will be available as a 2CD set and a deluxe edition will contain these CD’s plus a DVD. Read the full Universal press release here