July 27, 2021

UEFA EURO 2020 will kick off with the virtual performance of We Are The People | UEFA EURO 2020

Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge will be the stars of the UEFA EURO 2020 opening match at the Olimpico in Rome with a virtual performance that will use state-of-the-art technology to bring fans closer to the opening of the competition on 11 June.

The collaboration of rock legends U2 and one of the world’s greatest DJs / producers on the Official Song of UEFA EURO 2020 has been extended to a digital re-enactment of the Olimpico in Rome that will see the three artists come together like never before for a celebration performance of We Are The People. The song will be played as part of the opening ceremony moments before the start of the first match of the tournament between Italy and Turkey.

Olimpico in Rome to host first UEFA EURO match©Getty Images

“The sense of anticipation for UEFA EURO 2020 has really intensified as the national teams announce their squads and our venues make final preparations,” said UEFA Marketing Director Guy-Laurent Epstein.

“The opening ceremony at the Olimpico in Rome will be a fitting preamble to the tournament, and I am pleased that the collaboration between three great artists, Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge, has also produced a virtual performance that will allow fans of all Europe and the world feel closer to the tournament. We Are The People embodies the celebration of togetherness and festivity at the heart of UEFA EURO 2020, and I’m sure fans will be thrilled by the virtual performance whether they watch it on home as if they do it online “.

The performance, based on a concert in a real-life stadium, will combine the lyrics of the song, which speak of hope and positivity, with powerful images that will come to life thanks to technology, such as the transformation of the pitch into a flame. white and blue, energy fields created from millions of light particles, and Bono’s projection on stage, delivering a powerful yet intimate vocal performance that will resonate with millions of people watching from home.

It was filmed in state-of-the-art motion control studios in London, and at the Olimpico in Rome, to recreate the stadium environment in 3D.

Football fans can prepare for the tournament with Garrix’s official UEFA EURO 2020 playlist featuring themes chosen by the best players. The official playlist is available on all major music streaming platforms.