Blur‘s live performance of their new album ‘The Magic Whip’ in London last week will be streamed online this evening (March 25).
The full concert was filmed exclusively by Beats By Dre and will be shown via the Beats YouTube channel tonight at 8pm (GMT).
Last Friday (March 20), Blur played new album ‘The Magic Whip’ in full at tiny west London club Mode to an audience of 300 fans. After performing ‘The Magic Whip’ in full, they ended with an encore of ‘Trouble In The Message Centre’ from 1994’s ‘Parklife’.
As previously reported, the show in question began at 7pm. “So obviously, we’re going to play our new record ‘The Magic Whip’ in sequence from beginning to end,” Damon told the crowd, who’d applied to attend by ballot. “Are you ready?”
The gig began with the album’s opening track, ‘Lonesome Street’, with Albarn spraying water from a bottle over the front rows halfway through the song, and the group’s backing vocalists, who were perched on a balcony above the right of the stage, whooped along to the outro.
During a heavy version of ‘Go Out’, the first track from the album to be made public, Albarn fronted up to the crowd to encourage them to sing along to the lyric about “going down the local”.
Earlier in the afternoon, the band played the same set for a friends and family audience.
Comedian Josh Widdecombe, in the crowd, said of the show: “Brilliant. Amazing. It made me very excited to hear the album. It made me very excited for the whole shebang that the summer of Blur of will be. To do a gig of new material and it go down like that is amazing. When I do new material I’m shitting myself so for them to do that they must have felt the same way!”
‘The Magic Whip’ is out on April 27.
The band 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 Benicàssim festival in Spain.
Earlier this week, drummer Dave Rowntree confirmed that Blur will not be headlining Glastonbury this year.