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Blur, The Specials, New Order & Bombay Bicycle Club played the post-Olympics concert in Hyde Park (pics, video, setlist)

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Blur/The Specials/New Order, Hyde Park 8/12/2012
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Blur’s frontman and driving force, Damon Albarn, had said this might be the band’s final performance. But then Albarn has always been a competitive soul, and you wonder if he’s just trying to outdo the culmination of the Olympics for significance.

For a while tonight, that appears to be a losing battle. Blur are preceded by the BBC’s closing ceremony coverage, shown on a giant screen. As union flags flutter, the 80,000-strong crowd bellows along to the national anthem and cheers as Prince Harry takes his seat. When Madness kick off the entertainment in the stadium, Hyde Park dances along, and you wonder whether everyone’s forgotten they’ve paid £55 to see Blur.

Then, abruptly, Madness are cut mid-song and the screens withdraw to reveal our headliners, under a replica of Albarn’s beloved Westway. The band launch into an incendiary Girls and Boys, and, for the next two hours, Hyde Park is theirs. – [The Guardian]

Blur headlined the official post-Closing-Ceremony concert in London’s Hyde Park, a capper to the last two weeks of Olympics mania. The two-hour set had all the big singles (except “There’s No Other Way”), their new song “Under the Westway,” and a nice selection of deep cuts (what, no “Blue Jeans”?) that few could really grumble with. Grumbling about the sound was prevalent, however, as Hyde Park noise ordinances kept the volume a little too low for some in the back.

What could be Blur’s last-ever show is already up on iTunes and here for those who want a musical souvenir. It’ll be released on CD next week.

Of course, it wasn’t just Blur, as the concert also featured sets by The Specials, New Order (who have North American shows coming up) and youngsters Bombay Bicycle Club. Photos and setlists of all the band’s from Sunday night’s Hyde Park concert are below.

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Bombay Bicycle Club – Hyde Park 8/12/2012 setlist
How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep
Your Eyes
Dust On The Ground
Always Like This
Lights Out, Words Gone
Ivy & Gold
Evening/Morning
Beg
What You Want
Shuffle

New Order

New Order

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New Order – “The Perfect Kiss” at Hyde Park

New Order – Hyde Park 8/12/2012 setlist
Elegia
Crystal
Ceremony
Isolation
586
The Perfect Kiss
Bizarre Love Triangle
True Faith
Blue Monday
Temptation
Love Will Tear Us Apart

The Specials

The Specials

The Specials

The Specials

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The Specials – “Nite Klub” at Hyde Park 8/12/2012

The Specials at Hyde Park 8/12/2012 setlist
Do The Dog
(Dawning Of A) New Era
Gangsters
(Prince Buster cover)
It’s Up to You
Monkey Man
(The Maytals cover)
Blank Expression
Doesn’t Make It Alright
Rat Race
Stupid Marriage
Concrete Jungle
Friday Night, Saturday Morning
Do Nothing
Stereotype
Man At C&A
A Message To You Rudy
(Dandy Livingstone cover)
Nite Klub
Little Bitch
Too Much Too Young

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Blur – “Girls & Boys” at Hyde Park 8/12/2012

Blur – “London Loves” – at Hyde Park 8/12/2012

Blur – Hyde Park, 8/12/2012 setlist
Girls & Boys
London Loves
Tracy Jacks
Jubilee
Beetlebum
Coffee & TV
Out of Time
Young & Lovely
Trimm Trabb
Caramel
Sunday Sunday
Country House
Parklife
Colin Zeal
Popscene
Advert
Song 2
No Distance Left to Run
Tender
This Is a Low

Encore:
Sing
Under The Westway
Intermission
End of a Century
For Tomorrow
The Universal

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