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21 April 2024

Damon Albarn Tells Coachella Crowd Blur May Have Played Their Last Gig

Damon Albarn of Blur performs during the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif
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Damon Albarn told the crowd that “this is probably our last gig” during Blur’s set at weekend two of Coachella 2024 last night (20 April). Watch the entire show below.

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Before playing their final song of the show, Tender, Albarn said to the crowd: “In the spirit of clarity and truth, this is probably our last gig”.

On both weekends of the festival, Blur were joined by the Torres Martinez Cahuilla Bird Singers, a group of tribal singers from the area local to Coachella’s Mojave Desert, California setting.

The announcement of Blur’s set at Coachella came as a surprise to fans, as it came shortly after comments from Albarn, where he was pretty adamant that the band would be slowing down for 2024. “It is time to wrap up this campaign,” he said back in December. “It’s too much for me. It was the right thing to do and an immense honour to play these songs again.” The band currently have no dates planned after Coachella.

In other Blur news, it was recently revealed that the Britpop heroes will release two new films – a documentary and a concert film – charting their hugely successful 2023 reunion. The projects will document the recording and release of their first album in eight years, The Ballad Of Darren, as well as the huge shows that followed – including the two headline shows at Wembley Stadium in London last summer.

Last year Albarn revealed that he is also working on an opera putting German playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s The Magic Flute Part Two to music for the first time.

Blur setlist, Coachella 20 April

St. Charles Square
Trouble in the Message Centre
Goodbye Albert
Trimm Trabb
Out of Time
Bird Song
Death of a Party
Girls & Boys
Song 2
The Narcissist

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