Blur to play free show in New York

They will play songs from new LP 'The Magic Whip' in Brooklyn this Friday (May 1)

Blur will play a free show in New York on Friday (May 1).

The band will appear at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on behalf of Converse Rubber Tracks and play new album ‘The Magic Whip’ live and in full.

Registration for tickets, which will be given out at random, starts on Wednesday (April 29) at 12pm EST at The show will mark Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree’s first headline concert appearance in New York in 15 years.

Ahead of the free gig, Blur will perform live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The recently-reunited band will mark their first US appearance in two years on Fallon’s late-night TV show on Thursday (April 30).

Blur bassist Alex James recently admitted that there was “ill feeling” between he and his bandmates before their reunion. James told the Irish Independent: “There came a point around 2003 where we all needed to go off and do our own things and be other people, rather than being this four-headed monster. I wouldn’t call it animosity, but there was a little bit of ill feeling. We needed time out and to reconcile.”

He went on to add: “It is very much like a sibling relationship, or a marriage. This is a really lovely thing to dip into, because it takes us out of our lives, even though we needed to have lives outside Blur for a while. Now, it is the exact opposite. Blur is like a complete release. At this point, which you could probably call our rock gentlemen phase, everything has become very fulfilling and satisfying. We needed our downtime, but in many ways, nothing has changed too much in 27 years. The crucial difference is that doing all this now is such a complete and utter joy.”

Blur will headline British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park on June 20. They have also been announced as a headliner for this year’s Isle Of Wight festival and Benicàssim festival in Spain.

Drummer Dave Rowntree has claimed that Blur will not be headlining Glastonbury this year.