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Parklife: Blur to headline Olympics closing gig

The band have confirmed they will play at Hyde Park with support from The Specials and New Order on August 12.

Blur's lead singer Damon Albarn and Alex James.
Blur's lead singer Damon Albarn and Alex James.
Image: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

BLUR HAVE ANNOUNCED that they will play Hyde Park as part of closing celebrations for this summer’s Olympics.

The legendary Britpop act have been lined up alongside The Specials and New Order for the concert on August 12, which will mark the end of the London Games.

They confirmed the news on Twitter and the appearance will be their first at the venue since 2009′s sellout gigs. Huge screens will also be erected to make the show available to watch in Olympic Park.

We’re rowing in.. going for gold.. grabbing the baton.. for the high jump.. No, hang on, is that right? Fact is, Blur have accepted the invite to headline the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert in Hyde Park on 12th August,” read Blur’s official Facebook page.

Danny Boyle has been brought in to direct what looks set to be a spectacular opening ceremony, which is costing €30m and will begin with the ringing of a giant bell inscribed with a line from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest on July 27.

Check out footage from Blur’s last gig in Hyde Park:

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