Frank Turner has denied that he 'sold out' by performing at the Olympic Games opening ceremony on Friday night.
Hardcore singer turned socially conscious troubador Turner was a surprise addition to the line up on Friday, singing for the fans in the Olympic Stadium before the official ceremony started.
Speaking to NME about his once in a lifetime performance and the idea it goes against his values, Turner said: "At the end of the day, I'm on an independent label. I still do everything myself, I still answer my own emails, I still tour my arse off and I haven't changed anything about what I do. The world is literally full of people who are crouched in basements, waiting to start hating bands they used to like because too many people like them now, and I really have better things to do with my time than try and argue with those people."
Adding: "It was amazing, an honour and a privilege and all that sort of thing. It was a weird gig in the sense that there was no one directly in front of us. There were an awful lot of people there but they were very far aware. Directly in front of us was a field with sheep and horses and people pretending to play cricket. It was weird."
Chatting about 'uber fan' Danny Boyle, Turner added: " If Danny had not been involved, I probably would have spent more time considering it. Danny Boyle is a legend. He's a famous auteur and a respected man and a great artist"
Meanwhile, Two Door Cinema Club's Alex Trimble also performed on the night, singing a song written for him by Underworld.
Photos: All the action from the Olympic opening ceremony.