For the first time, next week, July 2, at 6:15 UK time, Blur will debut new material live on Twitter when they perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream.
Filmed and streamed completely from a secret UK location, the two new songs – which the band have never publicly performed – are ‘Under The Westway’ and ‘The Puritan’, written for the band’s upcoming sold-out Hyde Park concert.
Damon Albarn said: “I wrote these songs for Hyde Park and I’m really excited about getting out there and playing them for people.”
Go to @blurofficial at 6:15pm UK time next Monday, July 2, to hear the first track and an exclusive band interview, followed by the second track at 7:15pm UK time. Following the live stream both songs will be available to download and a limited edition double A-side 7 inch single will be released by Parlophone on August 6.
Here’s Alex James with some more detail:
Blur’s much anticipated concert in London’s Hyde Park takes place on August 12, while on July 30 ‘Blur 21: The Box’ will be released to mark 21 years since the band’s debut album ‘Leisure’ in 1991. The set will include all seven Blur studio albums plus over five-and-a-half hours of previously unreleased material including 65 tracks, rarities, 3 DVDs, a collector’s edition book and special limited edition Seymour 7 inch vinyl. Full details are available at blur.co.uk/blur21.