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Blur cancel French festival show days before Wembley Stadium dates

Drummer Dave Rowntree has suffered a knee injury

By Charlotte Krol

Blur's Dave Rowntree performs live
Blur's Dave Rowntree performs live (Picture: Alamy).

Blur have cancelled their headline slot at a France’s Festival Beauregard this Thursday (6 July) due to their drummer Dave Rowntree suffering a knee injury.

The news comes days before the band take to the stage at London’s Wembley Stadium for two shows on 8 and 9 July.

A message shared via Festival Beauregard’s Twitter account read: “The bad news has just fallen: Blur will not be able to perform their concert in Beauregard. Dave Rowntree, the drummer, was injured this weekend and must rest for future shows” (translated from French).

Royal Blood will instead perform as the new Thursday headline act. Festival organisers added that ticketholders can apply for a refund for the show.

Blur are yet to have commented publicly about the matter. It’s not known at this stage if Rowntree’s injury will impact the Wembley Stadium shows, including whether he will perform or if another musician will take his place.

Meanwhile, the door times, stage times, curfews and support acts for the Wembley shows have been confirmed.

In May, Blur announced new album The Ballad Of Darren and shared its first single ‘The Narcissist’.

Set for release on July 21 via Parlophone, the announcement came as the Britpop icons prepared to kick off their comeback with an intimate hometown show at Colchester Arts Centre, marking the start of a summer run that saw them headline Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival.

Last month, Blur played a rearranged show in Madrid after the opening day of the city’s inaugural edition of Primavera Sound was cancelled.

On Friday (29 June), Blur shared ‘St. Charles Square’, the latest single from The Ballad Of Darren