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August 13, 2012

Watch Blur live Hyde Park 2012- Blur wraps up London Olympics

Blur closed the London Olympics 2012 with their typically grand fashion. Although some fans complained about the lack of volume and sound, Blur sounded great to those who were lucky enough to be able to watch them live in Hyde Park on the evening of August 12th 2012.

Prior to the gig, Alex James, bassist, posted several emotional tweets about Blur's soundcheck and final rehearsal. He said that he "cried during [Under the Westway] in soundcheck" and was pleased that some fans pulled out some photoshop magic on the band's Brit Award photo.

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What a blur.... who's who ?
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Alex James tweeted this picture of the stage's centre
Dave Rowntree also posted an epic picture on his twitter of Graham Coxon, looking cool before the massive gig where Blur will play to tens of thousands of people in Hyde Park and over 2 billion viewers across the world.

In the show, Colin Zeal, Young & Lovely and Caramel were played. It's great to see Blur playing some of the lesser known songs from their back catalogue. Especially seeing as Caramel was only played live for the first time ever in Maida Vale, August 2nd 2012 (watch the performance here). 


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Rock on Blur
Alex James previously said that Blur's massive gig will determine their "future" prospects and serve as a major factor when considering whether Blur will continue to play live and make music. "If Hyde Park's shit, then that's it" he exclaimed in an NME Magazine interview yesterday.

It's unlikely that Blur fans will get new material after this grand Olympics gig though. Graham Coxon said he had to break the bad news to fans as there's "no more plans to record" anything in last week's interview. Damon Albarn also agreed in this interview.

The Blur Hyde Park 2012 setlist was as follows:


    1. Girls & Boys 
    2. London Loves 
    3. Tracy Jacks 
    4. Jubilee 
    5. Beetlebum 
    6. Coffee & TV 
    7. Out of Time 
      (with Khyam Allami)
    8. Young & Lovely 
    9. Trimm Trabb 
    10. Caramel 
    11. Sunday Sunday 
    12. Country House 
    13. Parklife 
      (with Phil Daniels)
    14. Colin Zeal 
      (with Harry Enfield)
    15. Popscene 
    16. Advert 
    17. Song 2 
    18. No Distance Left to Run 
    19. Tender 
    20. This Is a Low 
    21. Encore:
    22. Sing 
    23. Under The Westway 
    24. Intermission 
    25. End of a Century 
    26. For Tomorrow 
    27. The Universal 
Note: Final show of 2012 tour

Blur's final massive gig in Hyde Park this summer for the London Olympics Closing ceremony will be made available to all fans worldwide - via an exclusive CD and DVD package (Cost: 45 GBP)

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Next week, a rare limited edition CD of the entire full Hyde Park show will be available. Titled Blur: Parklive, it features 2 CD show discs including a BONUS disc featuring unreleased live tracks chosen from the recent warm-up shows (Margate, Wolverhampton, Plymouth, Maida Vale). Pre-order your copy here! 

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Pictures credited to Daily Mail and The Sun - Damon is radiant against purple backdrop
Watch some of the latest live tracks below performed by Blur, at what is their biggest gig in many years since 2009. Lets hope this is not the end of the reign for the Britpop kings and one of Britain's most influential bands. 








Download the show (audio mp3) HERE (credits to Mr. Magpie)


Order the new Blur: Parklife (Live at Hyde Park CD / DVD) HERE
Order the new Blur boxset HERE
Blur first ever 2012 gig-  Maida Vale gig full coverage HERE
Blur Exhibition review and photos HERE
Margate Gig (2012) review and pictures HERE
Rumours: Blur still play live after Hyde Park? HERE

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