hmv.com reviews... Blur @ British Summer Time 2015
Blur brought their new album to The Magic Whip as they headlined Hyde Park for the third time in five years. We were there to take it all in...
Blur, the returning heroes of Britpop, showing off their new album The Magic Whip.
Hyde Park, the garden in the middle of London.
Any good supports?
Metronomy brought their elegant, sumptous pop and were on top form, with 'The Look', 'Heartbreaker' and 'I'm Aquarius' all going down especially well, all despite the pouring rain.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Soaked. It had pissed it down all afternoon and everyone was sopping wet, but they still managed to bounce around from the beginning to the end of Blur's set.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was an exact balance between cuts from the band's new album The Magic Whip and a trip straight down to Hitsville. It all sounded great, from the new tracks opener 'Go Out', 'Ong Ong' and 'I Broadcast' all sounded raw, jagged and full of life, while from the older stuff, it was a real mixture. 'Tender' and the closing 'The Universal' filled the field and had everyone's arms aloft, 'Song 2' and 'Beetlebum' had the same grit and bounce that they always have, while fan favourites 'He Thought Of Cars' and 'Parklife' were lapped up. It was excellent.
Any good between song banter?
Lots of geeing up and thank you's from Damon Albarn, which was nice. He did his best to keep the rain away, but it came back a few times...
Did they put on much of a show?
A huge video screen with lots of odd visuals, big lights and, bizarrely, an ice cream van. Damon even dished out ice creams to the front row a couple of times, which was nice, but might have worked better if the sun was shining.
What was the highlight of the set?
There were plenty, but 'Tender' turned the place into a enormous choir and sounded absolutely incredible.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got two more European festivals and then a few more live shows in Australia and New Zealand, nothing more in the UK for the time being.