Blur have announced an intimate UK tour for this August. The Britpop icons will play four shows on the tour, beginning at Margate's Winter Gardens on August 1. They will then play two shows at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall on August 5 and 6, before finishing off at Plymouth's Pavilions on August 7.

Blur have announced an intimate UK tour for this August.

The Britpop icons will play four shows on the tour, beginning at Margate’s Winter Gardens on August 1. They will then play two shows at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall on August 5 and 6, before finishing off at Plymouth’s Pavilions on August 7.

The shows will act as a warm-up for the band’s huge outdoor gig at London’s Hyde Park on August 12. That show sees Blur topping a bill that also includes New Order and The Specials. The gig has been put on to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Olympic games.

Along with playing at Hyde Park, Blur are also scheduled to headline Sweden’s Way Out West festival in August.

Blur will also release a career-spanning boxset on July 30 this summer. Titled 21, the collection includes the band’s seven studio albums as well as over 5 hours of previously unreleased material including 65 tracks, rarities, 3 DVDs, a collector’s edition book and special limited edition Seymour 7 inch vinyl.

Blur will play:

Margate Winter Gardens (August 1)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (5, 6)
Plymouth Pavilions (7)

Read Uncut’s new interview with Damon Albarn here.