Blur Launch New Album With Free Record Store Gig

170 lucky fans see reformed band play second comeback show

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Blur played a free gig at the Rough Trade East record shop on Monday June 15 in front of just 170 fans.

The band, celebrating the launch of the new double album collection ‘Midlife: The Beginner’s Guide To Blur’, played a greatest hits set for around an hour, closing with “This Is A Low.”

It was only their second show as a four-piece since announcing their regrouping, the first being on Saturday June 13 at the East Anglian Railway Museum near Colchester, a return to the site of their first-ever show.


Tickets for the surprise Rough Trade East gig were announced via Graham Coxon’s Twitter in the morning, with tickets going to the first 170 people to turn up at the O2 Brixton Academy box office at 11am.

Blur’s reunion tour is set to call at the following venues from next week:

Southend Cliffs Pavilion (June 21)


Wolverhampton Civic Hall (24)

Newcastle Academy (June 25)

Manchester MEN Arena (June 26)

London Hyde Park (July 2/3)

Oxgen Festival (July 10)

T In The Park Festival (July 12)

Blur’s Rough Trade East gig set list was:

‘She’s So High’

‘Girls And Boys’


‘For Tomorrow’

‘End Of A Century’


‘Coffee And TV’


‘Out Of Time’


‘Song 2’


‘This Is A Low’

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