Blur play first European gig of 2013 at Primavera Sound festival

'Beetlebum', 'Parklife' and 'Under The Westway' played at Barcelona gig last night (May 24)

Blur play first European gig of 2013 at Primavera Sound festival

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Blur played their first gig in Europe this year at Primavera Sound festival last night (May 24).

Opening with 'Girls & Boys', the excitable Barcelona crowd were in full voice as the band blazed through a triple salvo, which included 'Popscene and 'There's No Other Way', without pausing.

"Hola, la Luna," announced frontman Damon Albarn, pointing towards the full moon as the band gave their introductions. "This is a moment," he added before they launched into 'Beetlebum'.

After an energetic start, the band brought it down a level for 'Out Of Time' before the stage erupted in a blaze of light during 'Trimm Trabb'. '13' album track 'Caramel' was also well received by the large crowd who gathered to see their Britpop heroes.

However, the biggest moments came during the more widely known tracks such as the brilliant 'Coffee & TV', 'Tender', 'Country House' and 'Parklife'.

Ending their main set with 'End Of A Century' and 'This Is A Low', Damon Albarn thanked the crowd for coming before exiting the stage. The band returned for a stunning, emotional version of 'Under The Westway' and then played traditional encore tracks 'For Tomorrow' and 'The Universal', before finishing their set with 'Song 2'.

"That was probably the best gig in the world, everyone singing along was amazing," said Sarah Castle, 29, from Manchester. "Also, Graham Coxon is fucking hot."

Dougie McNair, 25, from London added: "I cried like a baby during 'This Is A Low and 'Under The Westway. I've come here just to see Blur, and they didn't disappoint. Unbelievable. I really hope they record another album - they can't do wrong."

Earlier, The Jesus And Mary Chain continued their comeback series of gigs with a performance on the Heineken Stage, while Merchandise, Kurt Vile And The Violators, James Blake and The Knife also played. Primavera Sound festival continues today (May 25) with performances from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine and Hot Chip.

Blur played:

'Girls & Boys'
'Popscene'
'There's No Other Way'
'Beetlebum'
'Out Of Time'
Trimm Trabb'
'Caramel'
'Coffee & TV'
'Tender'
'Country House'
'Parklife'
'End Of The Century'
'This Is A Low'
'Under The Westway'
'For Tomorrow'
'The Universal'
'Song 2'

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