Blur are a band with a history of turning in sweat-drenched, epiphanic live performances. And while we might not ever again get any on the level of 2009’s triumphant Hyde Park shows, or their legendary Glastonbury headline performance the same year, we can always hope. Better still, you can always just stick on one of these majestic live clips instead – our favourites from their storied 28 year career. Enjoy.
End Of A Century (Town And Country, Leeds, 1994)
Barely after a month after the release of ‘Parklife’ (the album), the buzz is palpable. After the cascading dreamy-sweetness of ‘EOAC’, the band charge into ‘Parklife’ itself at 2.50: astonishing.
Bank Holiday (Glastonbury, 1994)
Hard to see how they could play this song any faster or heavier without actually becoming Napalm Death. Amazingly, Radiohead, Pulp, Oasis and Blur had all played the same (NME) stage that day. Spiritualized were still to come. Quite a line-up, all told.
Charmless Man (Feile Festival, Cork, 1995)
They don’t play this so often anymore (which is weird: it sounded great at the Colchester gig) so you’re unlikely to hear it again. Is the na-na-na chorus simply too cheesy for Damon to sing these days?
Beetlebum (Jools Holland, 1997)
Feel that crunchy, viscous guitar riff break over you like mint chocolate ice cream melting on your tongue on a hot day.
This Is A Low (Glastonbury, 1994)
It’s clearly an emotional song for Damon – note the tear rolling down his cheek at 4.58.
Song 2 (Wembley Arena, 1999)
Wait for the explosion of ecstatic noise and light at 0.30. This version, from Reading 1999, is pretty special too.