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June 25, 2013

Blur Istanbul Turkey show cancelled over Political Protests

Due to the recent political instability and unrest in Istanbul, the Turkish promoters of the Eifes Pilsen 'One Love Festival' have cancelled the show, which was to feature Blur as one of the main highlights as part of their world tour 2013.

A range of music concerts scheduled to take place in June in Istanbul have been canceled due to the ongoing Gezi Park protests that have spanned across all of Turkey. Gezi Park, a rare strip of green space in Istanbul, was the main site of a heavily opposed redevelopment project to build a shopping mall. Turkey has been plagued by violent demonstrations and heavy protests, reflecting the increasing lack of support for it's authoritarian prime minister Recep Ergodan, his leadership regime and the government's failure to provide for citizen's basic and legal needs.

An appropriate poster for Blur fans who were waiting for the show
Cancelled gig originally scheduled for June 2013

Snoop Dogg, Zaz, The National, Bloc Party, The Prodigy and Thirty Seconds to Mars were among the artists to take the stage as part of another festival, the Vodafone Istanbul Calling Event.

The highly anticipated Avea Escape Music Festival has also been postponed.

Blur were reported to be excited about seeing their devoted Turkish fans, but hopes to get another chance to visit the city in the future.

Fans who have bought the tickets in advance will be offered a full refund.

Blur Tour 2013 - Full dates and rundown  HERE
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Blur Europe Tour News  HERE
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