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August 12, 2013

Blur Live in Dublin Ireland - Reviews and Run Down

Blur played a concert in Dublin, Ireland exactly ten days ago on August 1st 2013. This marks the second time Blur landed in Ireland; they performed in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham almost exactly four years ago. For fans who are overseas or have missed the show, scroll down for highlights, images and exclusive videos of the concert.

As quoted from a MusicNews review which described the concert: "Blur rifled through nearly twenty of their finest tunes over the course of the next hour and forty-five minutes, with almost every word Albarn sang repeated back to him by the capacity crowd.

Albarn isn't really one for on-stage banter but the smile that was plastered across his face for much of the evening suggested that this show was about as big a deal for him as it was for the masses in attendance."

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For the song 'Parklife', Blur were joined on stage by Phil Daniels, who wrapped himself in an Irish flag before singing the vocals.

Fans had differing opinions about the gig. Commenter Heidi remarked: Damon was great, so enthusiastic throughout. I was a bit freaked out after the gig by the crowds of people trying to walk through an arched stone doorway that wasn't designed for mass exit. Perhaps IMMA need to review this. It's a wonder nobody got hurt.

However, Blur fan Alan criticised the volume of the crowds and said that people talking affected his listening experience: Blur were very good, but the sound was very very poor. Couldn't hear vocals or guitars for the first 4 or 5 songs at least. On top of this, there were people having full conversations with their mates at a high volume throughout, even the quieter songs. I paid money to hear Blur, not everyone else yapping away!

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Setlist: 
Girls & Boys 
Popscene 
There's No Other Way 
Beetlebum 
Out of Time 
Trimm Trabb 
Caramel 
Young & Lovely 
Coffee & TV 
Tender 
To the End 
Country House 
Parklife (with Phil Daniels) 
End of a Century 
This Is a Low 

Encore: 
Under the Westway 
For Tomorrow 
The Universal 
Song 2



Image Gallery - Blur live in Dublin, Ireland 2013

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More images from the gig (54 photos) can be found HERE.

Video Gallery - Highlights: Blur Live in Dublin 








Reviews for the gig are plentiful since it was fully covered by the Irish press. State Magazine reviewed the live concert with a sense of humour, as did Musicscene.ie (click to read). Check out a long but comprehensive review of the entire concert by Dublinconcerts.

Photos credited to catmaccy, cheryl.lenane, stephstarkey1975, unavoidable-collision, louise.johnston.33, jonathan.mcgonnell.3, anne.steffens.39, clarisasc, may_______may, andrssk, stephstarkey1975, Weepsie, mary.arundell, lynnwheatley

Blur Tour 2013 - Full dates and rundown  HERE
Blur @ Coachella- video and image gallery HERE 

Blur confirmed for Mexico HERE
Blur Europe Tour News  HERE
Order the new Blur: Parklife (Live at Hyde Park CD / DVD) HERE

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