Belfast Telegraph

Blur close Olympics in Hyde Park

Blur's Damon Albarn bid an emotional farewell to the 2012 London Olympic Games in what could be his band's last performance together.

The Britpop quartet's frontman also hailed Britain's success at the Games as they performed to tens of thousands in Hyde Park.

Damon was joined on stage by guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree in a performance, rumoured to be their final one together, to coincide with the Olympic Closing Ceremony.

They opened with their hit Girls And Boys before performing London Loves. Damon told the crowd: "And we love London!"

Former EastEnders star Phil Daniels, who featured on the original recording of Parklife, joined Blur on stage to perform the hit later in their set.

Comedian Harry Enfield also appeared for the track, wearing a maid's outfit, pushing a trolley and handing out tea to the band. Introducing him, Damon said Enfield was there "to represent that great British institution - the tea lady".

As he introduced the final song, Universal, Damon appeared visibly moved. He told the crowd "I don't know what to say."

He thanked the audience for being "bloody marvellous" and looked tearful as he was joined in a rousing chorus.

Earlier, crowds saw a re-formed New Order and enjoyed performances from Bombay Bicycle Club and The Specials.

The Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert was the last in a series of BT London Live shows being staged for the duration of the Games, which began on the night of the opening ceremony with Duran Duran, Paulo Nutini, Stereophonics and Snow Patrol representing British music.


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