Blur to play live BBC radio gig at end of July

The re-formed indie band are kicking off their summer with a show at Maida Vale studios later this month

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Good news, indie fans: Blur are going to play a live show for BBC radio ahead of their run of comeback gigs over the summer.

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Cheese-making Alex James and the rest of the group will be heading to the BBC’s Maida Vale studios at the end of July to play a show which will be broadcast as it happens on Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

The band unveiled two new songs in a live streamed performance from a Beatles-style rooftop gig in west London earlier this month, but they’ll apparently be dipping into their substantial back catalogue for the radio show’s set-list.

6 Music’s Steve Lamacq is going to sit the band down for an interview at 4:00pm on Tuesday 31 July, and their gig will go out live the same day at 8:00pm.

After that, Blur are setting off on a brief trek of the UK, playing a couple of festivals in Scandinavia and will be back in Britain on Sunday 12 August to headline the Olympics closing show in Hyde Park.

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Jeff Smith, head of music at Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: “This year marks a huge milestone for Blur as a band. The contribution they have made to the history of British music cannot be underestimated.”