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Elbow reveal 'music battle' with One Direction

Elbow have revealed they had a ‘music battle’ with One Direction backstage at the Olympics closing ceremony.

The Mercury Music Prize winners, who performed 'One Day Like This' at the London 2012 finale, told XFM that they had a competition with the boyband over who could turn up the stereo the loudest.

Pianist Craig Potter said: "We had a bit of a music off with One Direction. They were in the dressing room next door to us, and I think they were rehearsing.

“So we put some music on to relax - we put some Hendrix on. Then they turned their music up, so we turned ours up a little bit more…"

When asked what the ‘One Thing’ stars were listening to, he added: "I think it was one of their tunes? They were definitely practising. We could hear some stomping around. They were lovely guys, actually."




Watch footage from the making of Elbow's BBC Olympics theme tune below: