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Blur wrap Wembley Stadium reunion shows at end of celebrated week of live music in London

The Britpop band headlined the iconic London stadium in a week that saw other performances in the capital by The 1975, Bruce Springsteen and Lana Del Rey

By Charlotte Krol

Damon Albarn of Blur
Damon Albarn of Blur

Blur played the final of two reunion shows at Wembley Stadium last night (9 July) – see the setlist and footage below.

The Britpop icons played a near-identical setlist to the night previous (8 July) but this time added ‘Sunday Sunday’ from their third album, 1993’s Modern Life is Rubbish.

A 26-song setlist saw Blur rattle through classics including ‘Girls & Boys’, ‘Song 2’, ‘Tender’, ‘Country House’, ‘Coffee & TV’, ‘There’s No Other Way’ and epic closer ‘The Universal’.

The previous night saw them play ‘Lot 105’ (from 1994’s Parklife) for the first time since 1994, while they played their 2012 standalone single ‘Under the Westway’ live for the first time since 2014.

Both those songs were revisited for the final Wembley outing. Singer Damon Albarn was captured breaking down in tears at the end of the performance of the latter song, after he’d paid tribute to guitarist/backing singer Graham Coxon and their decades-long friendship.

Blur also again brought out Phil Daniels for his guest spot on ‘Parklife’.

Elsewhere, the four-piece played songs from their upcoming album The Ballad of Darren – their first record since 2015’s The Magic Whip – including ‘St. Charles Square’ and ‘The Narcissist’.

Blur at Wembley Stadium (9 July) – setlist [via Setlist.FM]:

‘St. Charles Square’
‘There’s No Other Way’
‘Tracy Jacks’
‘Trimm Trabb’
‘Villa Rosie’
‘Out of Time’
‘Coffee & TV’
‘Under the Westway’
‘End of a Century’
‘Sunday Sunday’
‘Country House’
‘Parklife’ (with Phil Daniels)
‘To the End’
‘Oily Water’
‘Song 2’
‘This Is a Low’
‘Lot 105’
‘Girls & Boys’
‘For Tomorrow’
‘Tender’ (with London Community Gospel Choir)
‘The Narcissist’
‘The Universal’

Blur’s reunion shows came at the end of a busy week of live music in London, including The 1975’s biggest headline show to date at Finsbury Park, Wireless Festival, Bruce Springsteen’s BST Hyde Park shows, and Lana Del Rey’s headline BST show.

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