Blur played a second warm-up show for their 2023 reunion tour in Eastbourne last night (May 21) – watch them reunite with Phil Daniels for ‘Parklife’ below.
The Britpop heroes first announced their comeback back in November with news of a huge Wembley Stadium show – before going on to reveal a second date at the venue before a run of European festival shows and an intimate UK warm-up tour.
This week, the band also announced details of a surprise new album ‘The Ballad Of Darren’ and shared its first single, ‘The Narcissist’.
On Friday night (May 19), the band played their first gig since 2015 in their hometown of Colchester, playing hits and new songs from ‘The Ballad Of Darren’.
The Eastbourne gig featured largely the same setlist, and the notable appearance of Daniels for one of their biggest hits.
Watch the ‘Parklife’ performance below.
blur blowing the roof off Eastbourne Winter Gardens tonight…with a little help from the legend Phil Daniels. Sensational! pic.twitter.com/hZEbpsfB7j
— ajyeet mabs (@AjyeetM) May 22, 2023
In a press conference at Colchester Castle ahead of their gig at the town’s Arts Centre, Blur spoke about the recording process of their ninth studio album.
“There were moments of utter joy,” enthused bassist Alex James. “The new song we open with [‘St Charles Square’] I just thought, ‘Oh my God, we’ve pulled it back’. I had a little moment. I did most of the bass lying down on a comfortable sofa and it made me stand up, jump up and down. I kind of lost it. It was wonderful.”
Check out Blur’s upcoming tour dates below, and visit here for tickets and more information.
21 – EASTBOURNE, Winter Gardens
26 – WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic at the Halls
28 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, O2 City Hall
1 – PRIMAVERA SOUND, Barcelona
8 – PRIMAVERA SOUND, Madrid
10 – PRIMAVERA PORTO, Portugal
24 – MALAHIDE, Malahide Castle & Gardens
30 – ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, Denmark
6 – BEAUREGARD , France
8 – LONDON, Wembley Stadium
9 – LONDON, Wembley Stadium
14 – VILLES CHARRUES, France
22 – LUCCA, Lucca Summer Festival, Italy
23 – VILLES CHARRUES, France
8 – OKERSE FESTEN, Belgium
9 2023 – ØYA Festival, Norway
10-12 – WAY OUT WEST Festival, Sweden
11-13 – FLOW FESTIVAL, Finland