The Britpop legends pull off the first of their Hyde Park warm-ups in style
Blur made their long-awaited live comeback at Margate Winter Gardens last night (August 1).
The intimate show served as their first official warm-up for their Hyde Park Olympics closing show next weekend. And the band chose the seaside town to give fans a hit-packed return to action. After taking to the stage with a rapturous ‘Girls And Boys’ followed by ‘London Loves’, Damon Albarn cooled down the crowd by spraying them with bottled water. You can watch the video of the show’s opening below.
He then took hold of a megaphone and shouted out the words to ‘Tracy Jacks’, putting particular emphasis on the line “got the first train to Margate and stood in the seafront laughing”.
He then told the crowd, “This is our first gig for three years. We’re feeling a little bit apprehensive, we’re feeling a little bit scared. We don’t know if this is the right time to play this song, but we’ll play it and hopefully you’ll respond accordingly.”
The band then powered into ‘Country House’, following it with ‘Parklife’, with Albarn giving a shout out to the absent Phil Daniels.
Once again, as at their BBC Radio session on Tuesday, the band played rarities ‘Young And Lovely’ and ‘Caramel’, as well as new tracks ‘The Puritan’ and ‘Under The Westway’. Before the former, Albarn joked, “This is a new one, we don’t do that many!”
As the show went on, Albarn also gave a shout out to his old friend Paul Brewer, who runs a costume shop in Margate, nearby the Winter Gardens.
After working the crowd to an emotional peak with ‘Tender’ and ‘This Is A Low’, they left the stage and returning with a victorious encore that saw them come in to land with ‘For Tomorrow’ and ‘End Of A Century’.
‘Girls And Boys’
‘Coffee + TV’
‘Out Of Time’
‘Young And Lovely’
‘No Distance Left To Run’
‘This Is A Low’
‘Under The Westway’
‘End Of A Century’