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Blur announce warm-up gigs ahead of sold-out Wembley weekend shows

Blur has announced four warm-up shows ahead of their sold-out Wembley dates later this year.

The Damon Albarn-fronted group will take to stages in Colchester, Eastbourne, Wolverhampton and Newcastle to prepare themselves for their Wembley showcase.

Kicking off their warm-up tour at Albarn and Graham Coxon’s hometown, the band will play Colchester Arts Centre on May 19 and follow up with three more warm-up shows.

The Dave Rowntree and Alex James-featuring band will also head to Eastbourne Winter Gardens and The Halls in Wolverhampton on May 21 and May 26 respectively.

One final warm-up show sees the legendary Britpop band head to Newcastle’s gorgeous City Hall venue, the last in their four-date warm-up set on May 28.

Those four warm-ups come just two months before the band plays a sold-out Wembley show on Saturday, July 8.

Limited tickets are also available for the Sunday, July 9 showcase, a date Blur added after their first date sold out in a matter of minutes.

The band last appeared on stage together in England for the Isle of Wight festival back in 2015.

Tickets for the warm-up shows will go on General Sale at 10am BST, and are limited to two tickets per show, per customer.

Those tickets are available on Blur’s official website.

The Blur bunch have been busy as ever this year, with three of the four members releasing new material outside of the band.

Dave Rowntree’s Radio Songs released at the start of this year, while Coxon, one-half of The Waeve, released The Waeve alongside Rose Elinor Dougall in February.

The Albarn-featuring Gorillaz collaboration also saw a new release in February, with Cracker Island rounding out the Blur alumni releases this year.

Ewan Gleadow
Ewan Gleadow
Editor in Chief at Cult Following | News and culture journalist at Clapper, Daily Star, NewcastleWorld, Daily Mirror | Podcast host of (Don't) Listen to This | Disaster magnet

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