The band regroup for Hyde Park gig next July

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Blur have officially announced their reunion today (December 9) – and will headline London’s Hyde Park next July.

The full line-up Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree – will play Hyde Park on July 3, with rumours of more shows to be announced, including the Glastonbury Festival. These will be Blur’s first live dates since guitarist Coxon quit the band in 2002.

As previously reported, the band who parted after their seventh album, 2003’s Think Tank, are currently rehearsing for next year’s shows, after the long-running feud between frontman Albarn and Coxon has been laid to rest.

Albarn speaking exclusively to Uncut sister title NME, explained: “It just felt it was right again. It somehow feels like there’s something for us to do again, we’re not completely useless or pointless, we’ve got a reason to exist.”

Coxon adding that Blur are “making public what’s been going on a little bit privately. For the benefit of the fans and those interested we can say that something’s on the cards”.

Tickets for the London Hyde Park show on July 3 will go on sale this Friday (December 12) at 9am.

Further dates are expected to be revealed soon.

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