December 17, 2012

Blur to play Tokyo Japan as 2013 Tour continues

BREAKING NEWS: As part of their world tour in 2013, Blur has just been confirmed for Japan in the TOKYO ROCKS festival 2013. Blur will appear in Tokyo's trademark rock festival on the 11th and 12th May 2013 at the Ajinomoto Stadium.

The last time Blur played in Japan was nearly 10 years ago in 2003 for their 'Think Tank' album tour, where they headlined the Summer Sonic festival.

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Other headliners include My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream, amongst other local Japanese musicians. More will be announced soon.

This is a very exciting time for the reformed Britpop band, who reunited in 2009 after a series of concerts. Blur had been rather active recently, playing in this summer's London Olympics for the prestigious closing ceremony of the games.

Blur has exhibited their pictures, released a new single 'Under the Westway / The Puritan', a live DVD called 'Parklive' and also released a 21 anniversary box set titled 'Blur 21'. What's more, the band announced a European Tour in 2013, where they will play gigs in Belgium, Norway, Russia, Germany and France.

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Blur are also set to play in Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Berlin and a UK charity gig. Now, Japan goes on the list too. For a full list of Blur gigs in 2013, click here.

For more details about Blur's Japan festival 2013, visit the official Facebook page. You can order tickets here.

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


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December 6, 2012

Blur and Noel Gallagher confirmed for UK gig- 2013

More tour dates have been announced for Blur in 2013, as this year draws nearer 'to the end'. Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Noel Gallagher are set to perform in a UK charity music gig - the Teenage Cancer Trust gig, in March 23th 2013, at the Royal Albert Hall , London.

This announcement followed on from Blur's confirmation for the Vive Latino Festival Mexico yesterday, where the band will be headlining the 3 day music festival in March next year.

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As the curator of the charity gigs for 2013, former Oasis member Noel Gallagher will jointly headline the cancer trust gig in London's Royal Albert Hall on March 23 along with former rivals Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon.

Quoting directly from NME:

Noel Gallagher revealed he intends to perform live with his former nemesis, saying: “They’ll be playing Blur songs, I would think. I’ll be playing mine. Will we share the stage together? I hope so. I’m up for it. It’s always good to have a little jam.”

He continued: “I’d initially wanted Blur to do it, because they’ve never done it. I was on tour with Graham, and asked him, and he said Blur had kind of been put to bed, it went back and forth, and they said they’d do it. And yeah: 10 years ago, who’d have thought it?”

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Damon Albarn with Noel
at last year's Brit Awards
Asked if he ever played any Blur songs, he said: “I do play ‘Tender’ sometimes at home to myself, when Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Minute Meals is on. He’s got some good stuff going on on there!”

Other acts for this special UK gig include Kasabian, Russell Brand and Noel Fielding.

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon last appeared together in a charity gig for last year's War Child evening, where the two members of Blur debuted their new song 'Under the Westway' and 'The Puritan' to the small group of audience. The two songs were released as an exclusive CD and single, to mark Blur's 21st anniversary box set release.

Will there be another new Blur song to be debuted this year's charity gig? It certainly looks possible since Blur are embarking on a Europe and Latin American tour in 2013 - the charity gig seems like a viable stage to play several new songs. Watch the footage we filmed from last year's War Child Gig below.

Will there be a new Blur song debuted this time ?
Yes ! Like last year
No way
Possibly / Don't Know