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Blur to headline Olympics show

Blur will headline a special Olympics concert in Hyde Park in August. The gig will showcase the best of British music, at least the best of British music from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with New Order and The Specials also on the bill.

Blur announced the show on their Facebook page with a wry comment: "We're rowing in, going for gold, grabbing the baton, for the high jump. No, hang on, is that right? Fact is, Blur have accepted the invite to headline the Olympics Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert in Hyde Park on 12th August."

Blur received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the Brits Awards, but the Olympics show underlines their status as part of Britain’s rock establishment.

Blur have been working in the studio recently. On February 19, they played a short set at the charity War Child's pre-Brit Awards fundraiser at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon played their new composition Under The Westway. The title might suggest a Clash song, but in fact it’s a glum piano ballad.

Tickets for the August 12 show may be in as much demand as those for the Games themselves. With the Blur show though, there should be marginally more likelihood of tickets going to genuine fans rather than sponsors and bigwigs.

The show has been organised by BT London Live, as part of a series of Olympics events in the capital. Those interested in attending have to pre-register at the BT London Live website. Tickets will be on sale from February 24 at 9am, UK time.

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