Blur At Hyde Park – What’s Your Dream Setlist?

As the quartet gear up to play their Hyde Park show, let’s take a moment to see what they’ve been playing so far.


At their recent Maida Vale session, rarities reared their heads – including the first ever live performance of ‘Caramel’ from ’13’, and the second ever performance of ‘Young & Lovely’- the B-side to 1993’s ‘Chemical World’. New singles Under The Westway’ and ‘The Puritan’ also cropped up. Meanwhile at their BBC Radio 2 session, ‘There’s No Other Way’ B-side ‘Mr Briggs’ was played, along with more well known tracks like ‘Beetlebum’, ‘Out Of Time’, ‘End Of A Century’, ‘Tender’, ‘The Universal’ and ‘Popscene’.


When it comes to the setlist for Hyde Park, Alex James admits that it’s still in flux: ”There’s a couple we’ve never done before, one or two we’re trying out and one or two we couldn’t leave out.” Their most recent set-list, from Denmark’s Smukfest on the 9th of August took in the Maida Vale rarities (‘Caramel’, ‘Young & Lovely’) as well as the greatest hits (‘Girls And Boys’, ‘Beetlebum’, ‘Country House’, ‘Parklife’, ‘Song 2’), two new tracks (‘Under The Westway’, ‘The Puritan’) before closing on ‘The Universal’.

Two days prior to that, at the Plymouth Pavillions, the setlist was similar – with a few changes. In came ’13’s ‘Trimm Trabb’, ‘London Loves’ and ‘Tracy Jacks’ from ‘Parklife’, and ‘Sunday Sunday’ from ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’. However, at their 100 Club show last week, the setlist was low on singles – fans were treated to the My Bloody Valentine-like ‘Oily Water’, the first performance of ‘Bugman’ since 1999, and the punky ‘Advert’.


But Hyde Park isn’t the 100 Club. And though the big show is for fans, it’s also to celebrate the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics. Does this mean that the group are going to play it safe? It feels like ‘Caramel’ and ‘Young & Lovely’ have cropped up enough in the past few weeks that they’ll feature, but Blur’s back catalogue is big enough that they could rummage down the back of the sofa and pull up a curveball.

For my money, I’d like to hear ‘Threadneedle St’- the B-side from ‘To The End’. With its theme of banking and trading, and lyrics singing of “Today’s futures, watch the markets from the street, in a pocket in a grey flannel suit”, it feels like a very relevant track to be playing. Or ‘Yuko and Hiro’ from ‘The Great Escape’. What do you think the group should play on Sunday? Let us know in the comments.