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Blur to reunite for Hyde Park concert (2009)


Story by Jack Foley

AFTER much speculation concerning the possibility of a reunion, Blur have confirmed they will play a live show in Hyde Park in summer 2009.

Graham Coxon will join Alex James, Dave Rowntree and Damon Albarn onstage for the first time since their Royal Festival Hall performance in 2000.

The concert will take place in London’s Hyde Park on Friday, July 3, 2009.

Speaking to the NME, lead singer Albarn said the decision to reform had been made because the timing felt right and the band had a reason to exist again.

Formed in Colchester in 1989, Blur have recorded seven studio albums and had a string of Top 10 singles including number 1 hit’s with Country House and Beetlebum. Their last album, Think Tank, was released in 2003 and marked the first LP without the full participation of influential guitarist Coxon.

Tickets for the Hyde Park date will go on general sale from 9am on Friday, December 12, 2008 and will be priced at £45. They will be limited to six per person, and subject to a booking fee. Promoters recommend fans purchase tickets from official outlets only.

The Hyde Park date has already prompted further speculation that Blur may yet be on the line-up for Glastonbury 2009 – although organizer Michael Eavis has played this down so far.