But the Blur man's remaining 'exotic cheddars' are being rolled out into more stores

Six of the nine cheeses which Blur bassist and dairy farmer Alex James devised for high street supermarket ASDA have been withdrawn from sale.

A spokesperson for ASDA – via the Daily Star – said of the flavours which are no longer on sale: “Clearly some of them were ahead of their time.”

However, after trialling the entire range, the three best-sellers will now be rolled out of 150 stores into 300 nationwide. The withdrawn flavours include cheddar with salad cream, ketchup, tomato and tikka masala. Still available to purchase are sweet chilli and spring onion. James has said that he is currently working on a brand new flavour of cheese, which is said to be “a real crowd-pleaser”.

Yesterday (June 2), Alex James spoke about Blur‘s future plans following the debut performances of two new songs. James said: “I’ve got no idea what happens next, or if it ever happens again.”

He went on to explain to BBC 6 Music that since the band’s formation and despite musical hiatuses, never has more than half a year gone by in which they haven’t made music together. He revealed: “There’s never been a period where more than six months have gone by and [we haven’t] stuck our heads in and had a bish-bash… It’s just really, really good fun.”

Blur will embark on an intimate UK tour next month. The band 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.

To check the availability of Blur tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.