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February 27, 2013

Blur headlines gig in Turkey - One Love Festival 2013

New Blur tour date: Blur will play at Istanbul's One Love Festival on June 21 2013. One Love Festival takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. Blur is confirmed to headline the One Love Festival, one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the most famous festivals in the world.

The large music festival draws 20,000-30,000 visitors annually, and has previously attracted top music acts like Manic Street Preachers and a host of British bands like Suede, Editors and Happy Mondays to perform in earlier years. Blur is the latest addition to the One Love Festival, as part of their mega-tour of 2013 where the band are set to tour in Europe, Asia and America.

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Damon Albarn played in Istanbul in 2007 for his side album The Good The Bad And The Queen. The announcement came after heavy rumours surrounding where the next Blur date will be. There's still no news of whether Blur will tour UK or where the next warm-up gig will be, but the latest festival lineup adds to Blur's already very tight schedule.



Do not miss this outstanding chance to watch Blur live in Turkey. Visit the One Love Festival's official facebook page here.

Check out their official website for more information on live acts and ticketing information. Tickets should be available via Biletix shortly.

See our Blur World Tour page for all the dates in a convenient table.

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February 26, 2013

Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher rekindle at the Brits 2013

No more feud, no more Britpop war. It seems that Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher have both mellowed with age and put their past behind them. The two men, rivals in the 90s following the Britpop Battle, gave each other friendly smiles and posed for a manly shoulder-squeeze for the camera when the Brit Awards 2013 ceremony took place on February 21st 2013 in London's O2 Arena.

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Damon Albarn went on stage to accept a special award. The pair probably has fond memories about this 90s incident...




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February 21, 2013

Damon Albarn accepts Brit Award for War Child (Video)

It wasn't for Blur or Gorillaz, but Damon Albarn appeared on stage at the Brit Awards 2013 to accept a distinguished award. Ben Knowles from British charity War Child and Damon Albarn collected a Special Recognition Award on behalf of War Child during the Brit Awards 2013 held yesterday at the O2 Arena, London.

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Damon Albarn sported a toothy smile on stage- Brits 2013

Dressed in his signature leather jacket, the "legend of British music" Blur frontman made a short acceptance speech on stage. He praised the charity for having a "close relationship with the music business" and pleaded the audience to "get involved" with the charity's cause to alleviate and combat childhood suffering. The award marked War Child's 20th anniversary.

Damon was also nominated for Best Producer (Bobby Womack- 'Bravest Man In The Universe') in this year's award ceremony. Although a top favourite, he lost out to producer Paul Epworth whose productions included Adele, Florence and the Machine and Cee Lo Green.



For more pictures of the winners of this year's Brits, including pictures of celebrities like Jonathan Ross and diver Tom Daley presenting an award, this gallery is worth a visit.


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February 19, 2013

Win limited edition Blur Parklife CDs !

Fans - you have less than 10 days to enter the new Blur official competition to be one of the five people who will win a  copy of the 'Parklife' 2 CD Special EditionThe Special Edition feature a bonus disc of extras and rarities, an expanded booklet and exclusive postcards.

The special CD was released in July 2012 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Blur's debut release 'Leisure'. Blur’s most commercially successful album 'Parklife' was remastered and tuned by producer Stephen Street.

The 2 CDs contain a bonus disc of all the b-sides from Girls And Boys, To The End, Parklife and End Of A Century singles. Within them is also many rare Blur tracks - a Pet Shop Boys remix of Girls And Boys, the French version of single 'To The End', Graham’s funny country b-side 'Red Necks' and a rare appearance of a track written by Alex on 'Alex’s Song'.

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Also included are previously unreleased acoustic versions of Jubilee and Parklife recorded for a BBC Radio 1 session in 1994 and the previously unreleased Cadena 40 Principales Acoustic Version of End Of A Century, which featured on a Spanish-only promo for the single.

As mentioned on the product description, the Parklife Special Edition is housed in a deluxe lift-off lid box with four exclusive Blur artwork postcards and an expanded booklet that includes previously unseen photos and liner notes based on a brand new interview with all the band members.

To join the contest - simply fill in the form here (Answer: Phil Daniels). 

Alternatively, visit the official Blur merchandise shop to purchase a copy of the Parklife 2CD Special Edition (£9.99)

Good luck!


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February 17, 2013

Poll: Blur 2013 Comeback

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With the new 2013 World Tour almost taking full shape, Blur have once again generated rumours amongst fans. Everyone is asking the same question: Will Blur release new material in 2013 as part of their tour to surprise the audience? Or will Blur drop a brand new album after their worldwide tour after they fine-tune the sound ? 

Or perhaps Blur will follow the footsteps of bands that have reformed but will not release new material ? Speculations about whether the band are in it "for the money" have also been hot amongst music forums. However if that is the case, then why bother with playing numerous festivals all across the world ?

Some also say that Damon Albarn will go back to his Gorillaz project with cartoonist Jamie Hewlett and focus on releasing a fourth pop album. Others talk about the diverging paths of the four Blur members and how a new album will be incompatible and impossible. 

What do YOU think? Is 2013 the biggest year for Blur and fans alike? 

Vote in the poll below and let us know. Catch up on the Blur World Tour page for all the concert dates in one convenient table.  


February 16, 2013

Blur adds Mexican warm-up date - Vive Latino Festival 2013

Another new Blur 2013 date has been confirmed - this time Blur has announced their first warm-up gig in Mexico City just before their big gig in the Vive Latino Festival, which takes place from the 14th - 17th March 2013. The announcement came shortly after Blur announced a new tour date in Indonesia.

The warm-up date will begin at 8:00pm in El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City on March 15th 2013. The band will take the stage on the 16th March for the main concert.

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Blur is set to be one of Vive Latino Festival's biggest main bands. Other featured artists in the festival include Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Morrissey and Underworld. The band last played in Mexico during their 2003 tours to promote album 'Think Tank'. They also visited Mexico and played for fans in the Metropolitan Theatre in 1999.

According to the information that has been released, tickets for this show will cost 780 Pesos and can be purchased from the pre-sale on February 18th through the Ticketmaster system.

Visit the official El Plaza Condesa website for more information about the concert and ticketing prices.

Check out our Blur World Tour page for all the dates in a convenient table. 

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Blur confirms Indonesia to be added to 2013 Tour

Announced on Blur's official Facebook page in the early hours of 16th February is good news for Blur fans in Indonesia - Blur is confirmed to play the BigSoundFest in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 15th 2013. This is the latest country and tour date to be added to their massive world tour in 2013, and a positive sign that something big is happening for the band this year.


BigSoundFest will be taking place in sporting area Senayan Field in Jakarta. The festival is managed by company Dyandra Entertainment, who promises more news on the Blur gig will be released soon. 

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Many more artists, including Canadian duo Teagan & Sara, will be playing the Indonesian music festival this May.

Tickets will be available for sale on Thursday 21 Feb 12:00pm. For more updates by the festival's promoters, follow  and  on Twitter. 

Stay tuned for more details about ticketing and the festival, which is set to be announced within the next few days.

Check out our Blur World Tour page for all the dates in a convenient table. 

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February 15, 2013

Things to do While Waiting for Blur’s Concerts in 2013

Most of the upcoming Blur concerts of 2013 have already been announced through their official site as well as social media accounts. Blur members Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree are set to kick off their wave of concerts in Mexico on 16th of March during the Vive Latino Festival. It is just nearly a month away from today, which heightens fans' anticipation and excitement more. However, the more we count the days until we see Blur live, the longer they feel. That being said, here are some activities you can do while waiting for the gigs to start.

1. Prepare a personal concert kit 

Going to a music festival like Coachella or a regular concert is no joke. As exciting as the event may be, it can be pretty exhausting at times due to unforeseen circumstances or camping troubles. To cope up with these problems, do prepare a concert kit for yourself. This may include water, Blur books, medicine, extra shirts, pens (to get the band's autograph) and money. Make sure to plan ahead and check the venue online for parking information beforehand. Don't bring expensive things as these are easily stolen or lost, especially in the jam-packed gig venue!

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Coachella Venue

2. Find your concert buddy 

For those who have attended concerts (whether it is Blur or other bands) in the past, the experience is definitely more fun and exciting when accompanied by a concert buddy or people you know. When looking for one, go for someone who is not ashamed of embracing the whole concert experience. For times where you cannot find existing friends that are willing to go, a good suggestion is to take advantage of the availability of the internet and connect with fellow Britpop fans.

Festivals aren't all about music, they're about creating bonds and togetherness too. They are a great way to find new friends and expand your horizons a little, so chat to the person next to you who is singing along or simply having a great time. Who knows, you might find your concert buddy in Twitter, Last FM or in social gaming sites like FoxyBingo. You can also try visiting sites like the Blur forums or even the band's Facebook page to connect with other music-lovers.

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3. Re-learn Blur songs 

During a concert, it is inevitable for audience members to dance and sing their hearts out. A friend once told me before that people around him looked at him strangely after he sang the wrong lines while Blur were performing "Under the Westway" last year. So, spare yourself with this kind of experience by re-learning or memorizing their songs earlier before their 2013 gigs. While you’re at it, make sure to re-watch their music videos and sing along with the chorus.

4. Invest in a camera 

If you do not own a camera, now is a pretty good time to invest in one for the festivals. Cameras don't have to be expensive to be able to shoot decent pictures or videos, and festivals are a perfect time for having fun, enjoying the scenery and capturing the moment. Blur gigs always contain memorable moments, and videos can make great memorabilia for a great gig. After all, this may be Blur's very last tour in a long time if they decide to call it a day after the year ends.

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Lucky fans meeting Damon Albarn after a gig
Other top tips: 
  • Pick the right festival - some are kids-friendly, some have massive crowds that block all movement. Some have special parking spaces or cater for the elderly / disabled particularly well. Make sure you do some research before buying tickets. 
  • Keep young children away from any hazards during the festival - electric cables and amps can cause harm. 
  • Don't lose sight of adults and kids alike - it's easy to get lost in the big crowds.
  • Bring enough food and water - summer festivals are guaranteed get you sweaty!  
  • Relax - it's a music festival to be enjoyed, and not stressed over! Listen to the music, and bring earplugs if you are worried about the loud noise. 


February 13, 2013

Graham Coxon covers Beatles song

Graham Coxon was recently involved in a musical project where artists re-record the classic Beatles album 'Please Please Me'. The Blur guitarist recorded the song 'Baby It's You' live as part of a 10-hour recording session hosted by BBC Radio 2 to mark the 50th anniversary of a challenge set by recording company EMI to The Beatles on February 11th - to record a whole studio album in one session. 

The project, which recreates the challenge and asks current musicians to cover the whole Beatles album in one session, took part in the reknowned Abbey Road studios last week. Other participants included Joss Stone, Ian Broudie and Richard Jones of Stereophonics. 

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Blur mimicks one of The Beatle's album covers
Graham Coxon performed his version of 'Baby It's You' in the same style as The Shirelles. On the track, Graham remarked: "I'm quite pleased to be doing that because it's not one that people immediately think about a Beatles song, so it's a sort of a soul song, which has its own challenges.

"Although I'm not a soul singer, maybe I should have gargled some rice crispies to get a rough voice going, cause I'm not very gravelly."


'Please Please Me' was released in March 1963 where it headed to Number One in the UK charts and stayed for 30 weeks strong. The Telegraph reports that BBC Four, Radio 2 and 6 Music are celebrating the album over a two-week period called The Golden Age of the Album.

The BBC Radio 2 recording will be broadcasted along with a 'making-of' video on BBC 4 titled 'Please Please Me - Re-Making A Classic' which will be shown on Friday February 15th 2013.

Listen: Graham Coxon - Baby It’s You 



Download the mp3 of 'Baby It's You' here 


February 9, 2013

Blur confirmed for Taiwan Gig - World Tour 2013

Blur has been set to tour for another Asian date - Taipei, Taiwan, for their 2013 World Tour. This follows on from a string of Asian venues announced, including Japan and also the latest addition - Hong Kong - to the line of new gigs being revealed by the band.

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The gig will be held on May 9th 2013 at 8pm, just three days after their concert in Hong Kong on May 6th. 

The announcement of the second 2013 non-festival Blur concert not yet been officially announced by any promotional companies. The information is based on the image below, which was posted on the 大眾唱片 G-Music Taiwan Facebook page recently. The message was removed by the page shortly after it was posted, but screenshots still remained in gig forums all across the city. 

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An insider source reveals: the Asian recording company lost the bid for Blur in the last minute, and therefore hastily removed the Blur gig announcement and ticketing information. Apparently, specific news are to be announced this Saturday (9th February) as to who will finally get the bidding rights to host the Taiwan Blur concert. 

Regardless of which recording company is hosting the gig, it seems that Blur are definitely set to play Taipei, Taiwan, for their 2013 World Tour. They are already listed on GigWise Taiwan as a main act in this year's list of concerts.  

Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for official confirmation, ticketing information (to be announced but you can click HERE to see the page) and the full set of details later. 

Check out our Blur World Tour page for all the dates in a convenient table. 

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Blur to play in Hong Kong - 2013

It has just been confirmed that Blur are going to head to Hong Kong, China to play a concert in May 6th 2013 (Monday) from 8pm - 11pm for a three-hour gig (including support)

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The news came after heavy rumours that Blur are deciding on a date in China, around the time the band are heading to Japan to play in the Tokyo Rocks festival the following week.

Being a small city on the coasts of China, Hong Kong do not hosts large-scaled music festivals, hence this is the first time Blur has announced a non-festival gig. The one-time live concert will be held in the AsiaWorld Expo Arena, Chek Lap Kok, where bands such as Gorillaz have previously played.

For many Blur fans, this will be great news just in time for the Chinese New Year holidays.

Ticketing information will be announced shortly on www.hkticketing.com - stay tuned for updates. Update: You can purchase tickets HERE.

Check out our Blur World Tour page for all the dates in a convenient table.

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February 7, 2013

Blur to headline Rock in Roma - Italy 2013

Blur has announced another one of their 2013 World Tour venues - Rock in Roma, Italy

The band will play the Italian music festival for two days - 28th July and 29th July. The massive festival takes place annually in Milan (28th July) at the Racecourse Gallop and Rome (29th July) at the the Hippodrome Capannelle in June and July 2013. 

The festival will also feature prominent musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, Iggy & The Stoogies, Neil Young and Smashing Pumpkins. 

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Blur: 28 Luglio Milano e 29 Luglio al Rock In Roma


Blur previously played in Italy during 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997. They last toured in Alcatraz, Milan in 20013 to promote their latest album Think Tank. Graham Coxon also performed in Milan during 2004.

More Blur dates will be announced shortly as the Leeds and Reading Festival in England draws closer and closer. Blur are strongly rumoured to headline the twin festivals in the UK, as well as an Australian tour to complete their 2013 concerts. 

Visit Rock in Roma's official site for more lineup and venue information. Check out their Facebook page for more fan comments and pictures.

The ticket presale (40 Euros per ticket) will be available from Friday, February 8 at 10:00 am at www.ticketone.it

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For a complete list of confirmed and expected dates, visit our Blur Tour 2013 page.

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February 6, 2013

Review: Child of Lov - Heal (ft Damon Albarn)

Solo artist Child of Lov is a 25-year old musician from the Netherlands. The mysterious musician and self-proclaimed "warrior of funk" has not made much information about his music or biography available to the public. However he has managed to secure Blur's Damon Albarn to collaborate together for two tracks on his upcoming debut album this year. 

Child of Lov's new album 'The Child of Lov' will be released in May 2013, and features Damon on tracks 'Heal' and 'One Day'.  His funky and hip-hop style have caused critics to compare his music with those of Prince and Jai Paul.Other featured artists on Child of Lov's new release includes big names-  DOOM and Thundercat. 

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'Heal',  the first single from the album, features a funky and deep baseline that Damon Albarn composed. The track is idiosyncratic and portrays Child of Lov's own brand of electronica-funk, very much like the 80s soul / funk sound. The falsetto vocals and catchy guitar work compliment the song well and matches the tune's beat.  

Damon Albarn's contribution is signifiant - The result is a ridiculously catchy, jumpy track which sounds not unlike a mixture of Gorillaz and Blur. Blur's experimental last album 'Think Tank' in 2003 also contains traces of heavy, catchy bass and synthesised vocals ('Crazy Beat') .  

Visually, the music video is brilliant. It features children running and playing in a suburban town, complete with old-school antics like bizarre fashion, lots of sunshine, smashing up a bike, and funky dancing in rollerskating arcades. Overall, a successful and emotional artistic attempt - 3/5. 


Double Six Records will release a limited edition 7-inch single of “Heal” on November 26th 2013. You can pre-order that 7-inch here

Check out the video (directed by Focus Creeps, the company who created some Arctic Monkey music videos) and listen to the song below. 



Damon Albarn's other collaboration feature on the album 'One Day' is currently not available online. Watch out for a review of the track once it's out.


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February 5, 2013

Blur not playing Reading Leeds Festival 2013 - Lineups and news

Blur are not confirmed to be amongst the 6 new acts to headline the READING FESTIVAL and LEEDS FESTIVAL 2013. The band is no stranger to the pair of festivals - Blur took the stage in 2003, 1999, 1993 and 1991 as part of their old album tours in the UK.

However, it looks like Blur aren't going to be taking the stage at this year's Reading / Leeds Festival.

The 6 new acts to join in the festival was broadcasted to the public on February 5th 2013, live on the BBC Radio 1 Zane Lowe show at 7:35pm. 

These headliner acts are: Biffy Clyro, System of a Down, Bring Me The Horizon, Jake Bugg,  Foals and the reformed Fall Out Boy.

Looks like Blur's not playing this year's Reading or Leeds Festival

Other confirmed headliners and acts included Eminem, Deftones, Sub Focus and Alt-J, the latter few having been announced earlier last month in the same radio show. 

Blur has been the subject of rumours and speculation about who is going to take the main stage at this year's Reading Festival 2013. The band was amongst the top favourites as to who would headline the mains stage this year, along with Black Sabbath and The Stone Roses. Blur were also strong contenders for another massive music festival in the UK - the Leeds Festival 2013. 

The two "twin" festivals will take place on the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August 2013. Reading Festival takes place at Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, and Leeds Festival takes place at Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire. 


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Tickets for Reading go on sale on Friday 30th November. To buy tickets (priced: GBP 197.50 for the weekend) for Reading Festival from Seetickets - click here.

Tickets for Leeds Festival 2013 goes on sale at 9am on Friday 30th November 2012. It costs  £197.50 for a weekend ticket and is available for a limited time until Monday 31st December 2012. Additional costs for a car park pass £5, with campervan passes costing £60, and lockers for £15.

Day tickets will be sold in the new year. Tickets can also be secured with a £50 deposit with the full balance paid by Sunday 31st March 2013.

There's still hope, however, for the Britpop legends this year.

There is still ONE headlining act to be confirmed for this year's Reading and Leeds festival. Could it be Blur ? The festivals are perhaps the best chance for Blur to play a UK date, with their European and World tour in full swing starting in March 2013. There has been a lack of dates in the UK - could there be a big surprise in store for Blur fans ?

Should Blur have played this year in R/L Festival ?
  

To buy tickets from the extended pre-sale on the official website - click here.

Visit Reading Festival's full website to check out the full 2013 lineup and much more here.

Click here for Leeds Festival's official website and ticketing links.


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