Blur came into existence in 1989, but it was not until the mid ‘90s and the emergence of Britpop that Damon Albarn and his band members Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree became renowned for their indie-pop sound which would dominate the charts for the next 20 years.
Blur picked up a number of high profile accolades over the years notably: four Q Awards, three NME Awards and in 2012, a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
Successful albums include Parklife (1994), The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999) and Think Tank (2003).
Inevitable problems occurred with the overwhelming success of the band and in 1999; the band members pursued solo projects.
Daman Albarn created the successful animated group Gorillaz (with comic book artist and designer Jamie Hewlett), bassist Alex James went onto work with the band Fat Les (who created the infamous Vindaloo ’98 English football national anthem), and in 2002 Graham Coxon (guitarist) had temporarily left the band as well.
Blur finally came back as a full band 10 years later to the delight of life-long fans and played two sold out dates at Hyde Park, London in July 2009.