The Universal: Blur to headline Olympic closing ceremony at Hyde Park alongside New Order & The Specials



For a band who until relatively recently were on a hiatus there sure has been a hell of a lot of Blur news swirling around in the past twenty-four hours. First a live performance of a new Blur song emerged from a War Child gig over the weekend the piano led ‘Under the Westway’ poignantly taps into recurring Blur themes, capturing a sense of time and place told through the medium of a yearning ballad, watch and listen to them playing it below.

Then today presumably to tie in with their award for great achievement at tonight’s Brit Awards ceremony at the O2 it’s been announced that Blur will headline the Olympic closing ceremony at London’s Hyde Park on the 13th of August. They will take to the stage after performances from other legends New Order and The Specials. Apparently most tickets are on reserve only but a few may be available here at some point:

  1. BLUR ARE BIGGEST BRIT AWARD WINNERS WITH 2,700% SALES UPLIFT AT AMAZON.CO.UK Brit Awards dominate the music chart at and Adele’s back at the top spot with an uplift of 166% for award-winning album ‘21’ 22nd February 2012 – The Brit Awards continue to be one of the most influential events in music with award winners benefiting from significant sales uplifts at following the televised ceremony. Blur’s Outstanding Contribution Award and closing performance resulted in a 2,700% increase in sales of their albums in the hours after the awards. Brit winners currently take twelve of the top twenty spots in the music bestseller chart at, with Best British Female Adele back at the top spot with Album of the Year ‘21’ which saw a 166% uplift. Ed Sheeran, another big winner on the night, also made a reappearance in the top ten at with a 796% uplift in sales of CDs and MP3 downloads of his album ‘+’. “Adele may have been cut short during her Album of the Year acceptance speech but her reign in the charts continues with orders for both of her ‘21’ and ‘19’ albums after the Brits last night propelling her back up the top ten,” said Paul Firth, music and MP3 manager at Ltd. “While Adele is back at the top of the chart it was Blur who saw the biggest uplift in sales of CDs and MP3 downloads last night with a 2,700% increase following the ceremony with many of their fans from the 90s looking to reconnect with the Britpop band.”

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