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Blur Launch App For iPad & iPhone Published July 24, 2012

Blur: The App, a fully immersive and interactive app of everything for the Blur fan, is available to download for free via iTunes now.

Launching with iPad tablet and iOS mobile editions, Blur: The App is the most comprehensive artist app of its kind and serves as the ideal companion to Blur 21: The Box which will be released on 30th July.

Blur: The App features rare and previously unreleased audio material, demos and remixes, as well as exclusive video content, archival EPK and interview footage, live clips and performances not available anywhere else.

Fans can share content from the app via Facebook and Twitter and the app also pulls in news feeds from blur.co.uk, facebook.com/blur and twitter.com/blurofficial.

Other features include an immersive interactive timeline, marking Blur's 21 year career to date; a comprehensive videography covering all 27 of the band's music videos; a discography which includes tracklists from early promos, cassettes and alternative CD versions; photo galleries and biographies; as well as an expansive gigography with setlists powered by setlist.fm

Download yours here.

Blur To Play London's 100 Club Published July 20, 2012

After weeks of speculation and anticipation, Converse is excited to announce BLUR as the very special guests to headline REPRESENT at the legendary 100 Club on Thursday 2nd August.

Twenty one years after the release of their debut album 'Leisure' in 1991, Blur have written two new songs – Under The Westway and The Puritan – ahead of a sold out return to London's Hyde Park on Sunday 12th August. And now Thursday 2nd August will see the multi award-winning, four-piece play their first ever gig at 100 Oxford Street performing tracks from across their acclaimed career.

In what will be an extremely exclusive and intimate performance for a fortunate few, there is no doubt that the show will go down as one of the magical music moments in the 100 Club's history, completing a week which will have seen the likes of Plan B, UK Subs, Paul Weller and Spiritualized take to the legendary stage.

For the chance to be at this incredible gig, fans will need to visit www.converse.co.uk/blur from 9:00 AM on Wednesday 1st August.

Ticket registration will be open between 9:00 – 18:00 after which winners will be selected at random and notified. Successful applicants will receive notification via email, inviting them to confirm attendance by midday on Thursday 2nd August. On completion, an e-ticket will be generated for successful applicant and guest.

Tickets will be extremely limited.

Announcing Blur 21: The Exhibition Published July 17, 2012

Exhibited together for the first time, Spotify presents Blur 21: The Exhibition, is an extraordinary collection of over 70 images of Blur from legendary music photographers, designers and artists including Pennie Smith, Kevin Cummins, Paul Postle, Tom Sheehan, Banksy and Julian Opie, celebrating the band's 21 year career.

21 years after the release of their debut album Leisure (1991), Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree will return to the heart of London in an exhibition of rare photographs, artwork and never-before-seen images of this great British band.

The retrospective celebrates Blur's era defining music, documenting their career as one of the most successful and influential bands of the past two decades, through the lens of legendary and iconic music photographers Pennie Smith, Kevin Cummins, Tom Sheehan and Paul Postle, among others. Previously unseen artwork will also be on display.

Echoing a gritty '90s vibe, Spotify presents Blur 21: The Exhibition is located in East London contemporary art space Londonewcastle. Curated by leading expert on music photography Dave Brolan, all the key moments of the band's career are illustrated – on the road, live on stage, in the studio, as well as formal portrait sessions.

Visit the venue website for more details here.

Blur Live At The BBC Published July 16, 2012

On 31st July, Blur will be performing live from the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios for 6 Music and Radio 2, with the entire show available to watch on Blur.co.uk.

From 4pm, Steve Lamacq will be chatting to the band on 6 Music in-between a unique live session, with coverage continuing at 8pm on Radio 2 where the band will perform an hour long concert in front of a live audience.

For a chance to be there, click here.

Under the Westway & The Puritan Published June 25, 2012

For the first time, Blur will debut new material live on their Twitter channel @blurofficial when they perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream at 6:15pm BST on Monday 2nd July.

Filmed and streamed completely live 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 upcoming sold-out Hyde Park concert.

Damon 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 to hear the first track. Immediately afterwards Blur will take part in an exclusive band interview. Simply tweet them @blurofficial or tag your questions #blur on the night to be included. At 7:15pm BST Blur will play the 2nd track.

Following the live stream, both songs will be available to download. A limited edition double-A 7-inch single will be released by Parlophone on 6th August.

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#UnderTheWestway Published June 20, 2012

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#ThePuritan Published June 19, 2012

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Blur Launch Tumblr Published May 30, 2012

The second of our regular Blur features is up on the official Blur Tumblr page now, taking a look at Think Tank. Find rare photos and an exclusive interview with Think Tank producer Ben Hillier answering questions from Blur Facebook fans.

Watch Damon Perform 'Apple Carts' Published May 2, 2012

Watch Damon Albarnís Dr Dee 'Apple Carts' performance again here; international viewers watch here.

Damon will appear on the longer episode of Later with Jools Holland this Friday (4th May).

Dr Dee is out 7th May. Pre-Order here.

Blur: Warming Up For Hyde Park Published May 3, 2012

Blur will play four UK warm up dates ahead of their highly anticipated sold out return to Londonís Hyde Park later this summer.

The band will head to the seaside for a gig at the historic Winter Gardens in Margate on 1st August, followed by a return to Wolverhampton for the first time since 2009 to play two shows at the Civic Hall, and finally Plymouthís Pavilions on 7th August.

"Every one of these shows will be very special and we canít wait to get cracking." Alex James

Blur Warm Up Dates:

August 1 — Margate Winter Gardens
August 5/6 — Wolverhampton Civic Hall
August 7 — Plymouth Pavilions

Tickets are £35 each (plus a £3.50 booking fee) and available from 9:00am on Friday 18th May through www.eventim.co.uk

Fans registered at this website will have access to a pre-sale from 9:00am on Wednesday 16th May.


Blur Launch New Merch For Live Shows Published July 25, 2012

A brand new Blur merch range is now available at the Blur Store, ahead of the forthcoming live shows.

There will be more added Ė so keep posted for more info.

Click here to view the range.

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