Blur to release Hyde Park Olympic gig as live album

The 3CD 'Parklive' set will feature live tracks from the band's warm-up shows too

Blur are set to release a recording of their Olympic closing ceremony concert in Hyde Park.

Titled ‘Parklive’, the 3CD set features tracks from the Hyde Park show and a bonus disc of previously unreleased live material from the band’s recent warm-up shows in Margate, Plymouth and Wolverhampton.

A 5CD book-bound edition will also be released, which will feature an extra ‘Blur Live At The 100 Club’ disc and a DVD of the Hyde Park show. The 60-page book will feature exclusive pictures of both the Hyde Park and 100 Club shows.


On Monday, Damon albarn admitted that Blur will take home just £1 each for the Hyde Park show. The frontman told said the band were paid £300 in total for their performance as part of the Mayor of London’s Olympic closing ceremony celebrations.

“Guess how much they’re paying us?” he asked. “Three hundred quid. When you divide that between four and add publishing, management and tax, it’s down to about a quid.”

But he added that the gigs weren’t about the money:

That’s not why you agree to do it. It gives us a chance to play to a lot of people in London. In the sense of the Olympics it’s nice to get involved and celebrate this amazing city. Everyone’s feeling pretty good about London. I’m there with that because I love this city.

Sunday’s show saw Blur make a storming return to the London park they played their first reunion date back in 2009, with Phil Daniels and comedian Harry Enfield joining the band onstage for a rendition of ‘Parklife’.

For the ultimate review of Blur at Hyde Park, pick up this week’s NME, which will hit newsstands on Wednesday (August 15) and will also be available digitally.