Damon Albarn says Big Day Out festival would have been the last Blur show

The band pulled out of the Australian festival citing poor organisation

Damon Albarn has explained why Blur pulled out of Big Day Out festival, and admitted that it would have been the band’s last gig together.

The band were due to headline the event – which toured Australia in January and February this year – but cancelled their slot in November, stating that they were unhappy with the way the festival was being run.

“This is as frank as I’m prepared to be about what happened,” Albarn told the New Zealand Herald. “That was going to be the last Blur show – the end of playing together – and I didn’t want it to finish on anything other than a very positive note, because Blur is incredibly precious to all of us.”

He added: “They [the organisers] weren’t being straight with me about things, which they needed to be, and at that point I became disillusioned because I didn’t want what we’d done throughout the year, with Blur, to be undermined or tarnished in any way, by a show that wasn’t going to be what we wanted to do.”

“We’d been playing for six months solidly, around the world, so I knew that we would deliver a fantastic show, a great performance and a communal event, which everyone would have enjoyed,” he continued. “All I asked was that the organisation recognised that and I didn’t feel they did. So, that’s why, unfortunately, we couldn’t come.”

Yesterday, Damon Albarn revealed the latest track from his forthcoming debut solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ titled ‘Heavy Seas Of Love’ – listen to it below.

‘Everyday Robots’ was recorded last year at Albarn’s West London Studio 13 and is produced by Richard Russell of XL, with whom Albarn produced Bobby Womack’s ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’. The abum will be released on April 28.

Albarn will play a pair of London dates this year with his new live band The Heavy Seas, which consists of guitarist Seye, drummer Pauli The PSM, bassist Jeff Wootton and Mike Smith on keyboards.

Damon Albarn will play:

London Rivoli Ballroom (April 30)
London Queen Mary University Great Hall (May 1)

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