One of the biggest British bands of the last 20 years will play Øya, marking their first live show in Norway in ten years. Blur are set to headline Øya Festival 2013 on Wednesday the 7th of august. We are extremely proud to have a band of this size and recognition confirmed so early. There are many fans who are looking forward to seeing Blur on a Norwegian stage again, including us at the festival office.
Week passes and day tickets are on sale now. At the moment we have sold almost half of the week passes.
We are also happy to announce that the LA band HAIM will play Øya Saturday 10th of August. They sadly had to cancel in 2012, but in 2013 they will be ready with their debut album.
More bands will be confirmed soon.
Blur became world famous in the 90s thanks to records like “Parklife” and “The Great Escape” and hits such as “Girls & Boys”, “Country House” , “Song 2”, “End of A Century”, “To The End” and “Beetlebum” songs that made them the pop band of the decade. They had a total of 13 top hits in the UK. Blur is surely one of the classic British bands.
Since the start in 1989 Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree have shown a amazing ability to renew themself.
Earlier this year, Blur wrote two news songs ahead of their massive sold out show in London’s Hyde Park marking the closing of the Olympic Games. The songs ‘The Puritan’ and ‘Under The Westway’ were debuted live on Twitter via a worldwide video stream from a London rooftop.
And twenty one years since the release of their debut album, 2012 also saw “Blur 21: The Box”, the band’s body of work compiled and gathered together into one box; and “Parklive”, the DVD/2CD recorded in Hyde Park this summer. Some quotes from the Hyde Park show this summer
“Blur have the songs to match all moods.” – The Guardian
“Modern life may be rubbish, but for one night it was close to perfect.” – Daily Telegraph
“This was park life at its brilliant best.” – Evening Standard
“Blur evince the simple delight of a band who have already proved everything they needed to… They rose to the occasion … this was a moment like no other.” – Q Magazine
After Blur headlined Glastonbury in 2009, The Guardian claimed that they were “the best Glastonbury headliners in an age”.
Get ready for a Blur party when they enter our biggest stage in early August. The set list will be full of fan favorites. Considering the large audiences they have at home, this is almost like an intimate concert. We’re already smiling!
photo: Pennie Smith