Thursday, 19 February 2015

Blur to headline British Summer Time festival and announce new album for April release

Blur are heading back to Hyde Park with their first album in more than a decade.  

They'll headline the British Summer Time festival on June 20. 

The band, who got back together for a pair of reunion shows in the park six years ago, join Taylor Swift, Kylie and The Who on the bill. 

Speaking at a news conference in a London Chinatown restaurant, frontman Damon Albarn joked: "I love it because I can cycle to work". 

They'll be the only band ever to play Hyde Park four times after this performance.  

Tickets go on sale on Friday 27 February at 9am. 

Blur are also working on their first studio album as four-piece in 16 years, The Magic Whip. It will be released on April 27.  

Guitarist Graham Coxon said they started recording in Hong Kong when a gig was cancelled.  

He said: "We thought we'd put a few days, five or six days, to good use"

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