Blur + The Specials + New Order + Bombay Bicycle Club

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Blur + The Specials + New Order + Bombay Bicycle Club
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Having been the first indie/alternative band to win an 'Outstanding Achievement' Brit Award earlier in the year, Damon and the boys celebrate the snuffing of the Olympic torch in style at this 'Best of British' bonanza. Let's hope for an eclectic mix of singles and album tracks right the way through from their baggy-ish 'Leisure' era, through Britpop and out the other moody, textured art-rock side. Coventry's finest deadpan ska-punks The Specials make the perfect support, while Manchester royalty New Order are no strangers to 'Ceremony' themselves.


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I'm 51 this year and have seen many, many, many bands but this whole event is in my top 3. All the bands really showed up and played great sets. New Order and the Specials are indelible memories from my teens/university years - but Blur were epic - in a very British way - songs full of quirky British humour, honesty and compassion - as well as great singalongs. The Olympic factor was definitely there and everyone was in a great mood on a beautiful evening. They may have been having a symphony in Stratford but we were having a really British knees up and in Blur and Damon Albarn in particular we had the perfect lightning rod to channel our emotion - 80,000 people instantly doing a Mobot ! As the last notes of the Universal faded away Damon just stared out at the crowd - a mixture of emotions in him - many felt he was sad because it might have been Blur's last gig but I think he was like us sad that the Olympics was over and very proud of being a Londoner and British. A perfect ending to an amazing two weeks