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Blur to release Olympic Hyde Park gig on CD & DVD


Story by Jack Foley

BLUR are to release a recording of their show at Hyde Park, which marked the closing of the London 2012 Olympics and the BT London Live festivities.

Entitled Parklive, in reference to their 1994 album Parklife, the package will comprise three CDs and will include songs from the band’s warm-up shows.

Blur played for more than two hours at Sunday’s gig, mixing old school hits such as Tender and Girls and Boys with lesser known fan favourites such as Trimm Trabb, Colin Zeal and Caramel.

And with the assistance of Abbey Road’s Live Here Now service, the band were able to mix and master the soundboard recording quickly, making it available online within 24 hours.

The CDs will be available to buy from the band’s website next week, along with a five-disc box set including a DVD of the concert.

The Hyde Park gig is rumoured to be the last time Blur will perform together, although this has yet to be officially confirmed or denied.

It was also notable for the way in which lead singer Damon Albarn embraced the Olympic fever sweeping the nation at the time, even striking the “Mobot” pose of gold medal-winner Mo Farah.