Blur to headline Olympics 2012 show in London’s Hyde Park this August

Damon Albarn tells NME 'Best Of British' show will be 'brilliant'

Blur will headline a special one-off show in London’s Hyde Park to celebrate the end of the Olympic Games this summer.

The band, who will be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at tonight’s Brit Awards (February 21), will play the outdoor show on August 12 to coincide with the games’ closing ceremony.

Speaking in an exclusive interview you can read in this week’s NME, frontman Damon Albarn promised the show would be “brilliant”. He added:

It’ll be a proper party. It’s the closing night of the Olympics. Our raison d’etre is to provide another celebration of a fantastic day.

Blur will be joined by New Order and The Specials at the show, which is being billed as a ‘Best Of British’ event.

The show has been organised by BT London Live as part of a series of events to mark the Olympics. To pre-register for further ticket information, you need to register at Tickets will be made available on Friday (February 24) at 9am (GMT).

Earlier this week, Damon and guitarist Graham Coxon premiered new Blur track ‘Under The Westway’ at a pre-Brits War Child gig at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London – scroll down and click below to view fan footage of the performance.

To read the rest of the interview with Blur, where they discuss the possibility of recording a new album and their plans beyond this summer, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally from Wednesday (February 22).