The band will showcase 'The Magic Whip' in full at a free show in Brooklyn this Friday (May 1st).
To support the release of their new album The Magic Whip, Blur have announced that they’ll be playing a free concert in New York later this week on May 1st.
The British group, promoting their first album in over a decade, will appear at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn in an event sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks, and will play the record in full alongside a selection of their greatest hits.
Blur at the Q Awards
Registration for tickets will begin on Wednesday April 29th at midday EST, and recipients will then be selected at random. It is set to be the group’s first appearance in the Big Apple as a four-piece in fifteen years.
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Blur will also be performing live on TV in the run-up to the one-off date. They’re scheduled to appear on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ on Thursday April 30th.
Released on April 27th, The Magic Whip has received unanimously positive reviews from rock critics and is expected to hit the top of the British album charts come Sunday. It’s the first Blur release since 2003’s Think Tank, and the first with guitarist Graham Coxon since 1999’s 13.
Speaking to Uncut magazine in March, Coxon admitted that it was partly out of guilt derived from his 2002 departure that made him want to record The Magic Whip. “I wanted to make amends for the ups and downs we've had over the years,” he said. “Our friendships have got better. The music side of it, I still thought I had some mending to do.”
The group has a busy summer ahead, with festival appearances at the Isle of Wight and Benicassim already booked in alongside their own British Summertime Festival appearance in London’s Hyde Park on June 20th. Blur are also still rumoured to be the mystery third headliner at Glastonbury, despite drummer Dave Rowntree ruling it out earlier this year.
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