14 November 2022

Britpop returns: Blur announce first headline show in 8 years at Wembley in 2023

“We really love playing these songs and thought it’s about time we did it again,” said frontman Damon Albarn.

Blur have announced they will be playing a one-off UK reunion gig at London’s Wembley Stadium for Summer 2023.

The Britpop icons will play their only UK show of 2023 at the venue on July 8th, and supporting acts for the show include Slowthai, Self Esteem and Jockstrap. This will mark the band’s first headline show since 2015, when they released their long-awaited and critically acclaimed comeback album The Magic Whip. Details of other tour dates are unknown.

Looking ahead to delivering a greatest hits set, frontman Damon Albarn said in a press release: “We really love playing these songs and thought it’s about time we did it again.”

Guitarist Graham Coxon agreed: “I’m really looking forward to playing with my Blur brothers again and revisiting all those great songs. Blur live shows are always amazing for me: a nice guitar and an amp turned right up and loads of smiling faces.”

Bassist Alex James, meanwhile, said: “There’s always something really special when the four of us get in a room. It’s nice to think that on July 8th, that room will be Wembley Stadium.”

Drummer Dave Rowntree added: “After the chaos of the last few years, it’s great to get back out to play some songs together on a summer’s day in London. Hope to see you there.”

After going on hiatus following the world tour for 2002’s Think Tank, the band first reunited in 2009 for a lengthy tour and Glastonbury headline performance.

Tickets for Blur’s Wembley gig will go on general sale from 10 am on Friday, November 18th and will be available here.

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit Kevin Westenberg

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