SONGS NEW!

Don't expect to hear 'Song 2' at the group's only scheduled live appearance this year...

Blur are to play an entire set of new songs at their only live appearance this year, at Meltdown on July 2, DAMON ALBARN has revealed.

Speaking in this week’s Melody Maker, Albarn said they would unveil material that the entire band had been working on: “We’ll be playing all new songs at Meltdown. It’s not just stuff I’ve written – it’s songs the band have done together.”

He also said that if England get through to the final of the Euro 2000 football championships he would rather watch the match than play a gig. “Maybe we could play later or put a giant screen up. Whatever happens, we’ll work it out,” he added.

Blur only agreed to play the Meltdown gig at London Royal Festival Hall because they are big fans of host Scott Walker, who invited them to join the bill.

The festival kicks off on June 16, and also features performances by Radiohead,Pulp‘s Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey as ‘A Touch Of Glass’, Smog, Elliott Smith, Asian Dub Foundation and Jim O’Rourke. To visit the Melody Maker website, go to [url=]www.melodymaker.co.uk.