Blur line-up gigs ahead of huge Hyde park show

Blur line-up gigs ahead of huge Hyde park show.
Blur line-up gigs ahead of huge Hyde park show.

Blur will play four UK warm-up dates ahead of their highly anticipated sold-out return to London’s Hyde Park later this summer.

The band will head to the seaside for a gig at the historic Winter Gardens in Margate on August 1, followed by a return to Wolverhampton (for the first time since 2009) to play two shows at the Civic Hall, and finally Plymouth’s Pavilions on August 7.

“Every one of these shows will be very special and we can’t wait to get cracking,” said Alex James

Blur warm-up dates:

August 1 Margate Winter Gardens

August 5/6 Wolverhampton Civic Hall

August 7 Plymouth Pavilions

Tickets are priced £35 each (plus a £3.50 booking fee) and available through eventim

21 years since the release of their debut album Leisure in 1991 and due to popular demand, Blur’s body of work has been personally compiled by the band and gathered together in one box, due for release by Parlophone on July 30 2012.

All seven studio albums are collected with over 5½ hours of unreleased material including 65 previously unreleased tracks and more than twice as many rarities, 3 DVDs, a collector’s edition book featuring rare and unseen photos and a new and exclusive interview with the band, and a special limited-edition Seymour 7-inch vinyl. The box will also include a digital download code for the albums and all bonus material.

The collection - which sees the first five albums re-mastered by Frank Arkwright in Abbey Road Studios - has been fully overseen by Graham Coxon and producer Stephen Street.

Highlights of the box include early versions of tracks recorded for Leisure, bare bones early demos of the classic singles ‘For Tomorrow’ and ‘Beetlebum’, previously unheard songs ‘Saturday Morning’ and ‘Hope You Find Your Suburbs’ and never released sessions with Bill Laswell and the legendary session with XTC’s Andy Partridge. Other rarities are ‘Don’t Bomb When You’re The Bomb’, ‘The Wassailling Song’ and ‘Fools Day’ which appear on CD for the first time. DVD material includes Live at Alexandra Palace 1994 and Live at Wembley ‘The Singles Night’ 1999.

In addition to the 21-disc Deluxe Box Set, all seven studio albums will be available individually, each with a second disc of b-sides, previously hard-to-find tracks and exclusive bonus material.

A vinyl box set will also be available, with six of the seven albums on double-vinyl, highlighting iconic artwork and visuals from Banksy, David Shrigley and Graham Coxon among others. The vinyl box set will include a download code to access all of the bonus material digitally. Each of the 7 LPs will also be available separately on heavyweight vinyl.

Blur’s seven studio albums are: Leisure (1991), Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994), The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999) and Think Tank (2003).

For full tracklisting and complete list of all bonus material & rarities please visit Blur