July 2, 2012 11:43
Blur to debut two new tracks 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan' tonight
Stream the performance on NME.com at 6.15pm tonight
The band will perform 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan', written for their forthcoming sold-out Hyde Park gig on August 12, live from a secret UK location which you will also be able to stream below. Scroll down to hear fan-filmed versions of both tracks. You can also share your instant reviews of the new Blur tracks by tweeting via the hashtag #BlurNME. We'll RT the best ones.
An interview with the band will follow the performance of the first track before they will debut the second song at 7:15pm. Both songs will then be immediately available to download. A limited edition double A-side 7-inch single will be released by Parlophone on August 6.
Blur previously teased fans by posting times and the names of the tracks on their Twitter page.
'The Puritan' post featured a picture of a neon lettering stating "Hey puritan what you gonna do about it" while the shot which accompanies the 'Under The Westway' tweet features a photo of the West London overpass emblazoned with the words: "Bring us the day they switch off the machines."
Blur will embark on an intimate UK tour this August. The Britpop icons will play four shows, beginning at Margate's Winter Gardens on August 1. They will then play two shows at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall on August 5 and 6, before finishing off at Plymouth's Pavilions on August 7.
The shows will act as a warm-up for the band's huge outdoor gig at London's Hyde Park on August 12, which sees Blur topping a bill that also includes New Order and The Specials. The gig has been put on to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Olympic games. Blur are also scheduled to headline Sweden's Way Out West festival in August.
Blur will release a career-spanning boxset on July 30. Titled '21', the collection includes the band's seven studio albums as well as over five hours of previously unreleased material including 65 tracks, rarities, three DVDs, a collector’s edition book and special limited edition Seymour seven-inch vinyl.
You can stream the performance live tonight here:
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Listen to fan-filmed footage of 'Under The Westway':
Listen to fan-recorded footage of 'The Puritan':
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