Words by Dylan Bryant (Music Editor)
Blur will begin a summer of highly anticipated live performances with a visit to Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens on May 21, ahead of two huge shows at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 8 and 9.
The brit pop legends will kick off a short run of warm-up dates on Friday May 19 with their first-ever show at the converted church and landmark, Colchester Arts Centre. Colchester being the hometown of frontman Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon and drummer Dave Rowntree. It was there they met, with Graham later introducing bassist Alex James with the band’s debut album Leisure being released in 1991.
The band’s Wembley Stadium date on Saturday, July 8, sold out in a matter of minutes, demonstrating that 32 years after the release of their debut album, there is still a strong appetite for the Blur’s extensive discography of cherished anthems.
With their iconic sound and unparalleled stage presence, these shows promise to leave fans ecstatic. As one of the pioneers of the Britpop movement, Blur have consistently delivered ground-breaking music throughout their illustrious career. From their early hits like Parklife and Song 2 to their more introspective and experimental albums like 13 and Think Tank, the band have constantly evolved and pushed the boundaries of alternative rock.
Being booked in for both Wembley stadium dates myself, it’s a hattrick of Blur shows for me this year as I kick things off this Sunday in Eastbourne and experience the sonic magic that Blur conjure.
The full line up for the four May warm-up shows are as follows:
19 May – Colchester Arts Centre
21 May – Eastbourne Winter Gardens
26 May – Wolverhampton The Halls
28 May – Newcastle O2 City Hall