Franz Ferdinand among those also rumoured for special show

Damon Albarn has confirmed his appearence at the forthcoming Africa Exprez gig in Liverpool.

It was long rumoured that the Gorillaz man would be present for the show at Liverpool’s Olympia on March 6, after he took the lead in putting together the group’s Glastonbury Festival takeover last year.

Africa Exprez was set up to put African and Western musicians together, resulting in several live collaborations.

It was long suspect Albarn would be at the gig but he finally confirmed his involvement, telling The Times “Well I know I’ll be there!”

As for the other people taking part it has been suggested that Reverend And The Makers and Hard-Fi will be playing, while Albarn said he hoped Franz Ferdinand will get involved.

Albarn hinted that the band may be performing a collaboration with Baaba Maal. “Apparently Baaba Maal and Franz Ferdinand are doing something,” he said. “It’ll be fine.”

It was also announced Africa Exprez would not be appearing at this year’s Glastonbury festival, despite the success of the event last year.

Organiser Ian Ashbridge explained: “The idea behind Africa Exprez is that it will pop up where you least expect it to.”

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