Blur to headline British Summer Time festival
20 Feb 2015
Blur will play a huge summer gig as part of the BST Hyde Park festival following first album in 12 years.
It was confirmed that the band will headline the British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival on 20 June. The band will make history by becoming the first group to headline the festival four times.
Along with their summer concert announcement, Blur revealed they will release their first album in 12 years titled The Magic Whip. The record features the classic blue line-up of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree.
The news was revealed during a press conference on 19 February in a Chinese restaurant which was live-streamed on Facebook and hosted by Zane Lowe.
The Magic Whip is due for release on 27 April. Speaking of the record Albarn said, “There’s nothing pastoral about it - it’s very urban.
“It wasn’t a flash studio, it was pretty claustrophobic and hot. We went in and knocked about loads of ideas.”
The Magic Whip is the band’s first release since Think Tank. However, the latter album only featured some members partially. The Magic Whip is to be their first album fully featuring all four members since 13.
In the years between the band have regrouped for several shows including headlining Hyde Park in 2009 along with Glastonbury during the same year. More recently the group played at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in London during 2012.
Blur join an impressive BST Hyde Park line-up which will feature headline performances from The Who, Kylie Minogue and Taylor Swift. Also confirmed for the festival is Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller, Grace Jones and John Newman.
Tickets for Blur’s BST Hyde Park concert go on general sale on Friday 27 February at 9am while tickets for all other BST shows are now on sale and can be purchased here.
BST Hyde Park line-up
Saturday 20 June
Sunday 21 June
Kylie Minogue, Grace Jones, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
Friday 26 June
The Who, Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs, Johnny Marr
Saturday 27 June
Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, John Newman
Plus many more to be announced