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Blur return with new album, summertime gig in London

February 19, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Britpop icons Blur are back, with a big summer show and their first album in more than a decade.

The band members announced Thursday that they will headline a British Summer Time concert in Hyde Park on June 20.

Blur last reunited for the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

The quartet of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James also said they planned to release a new album, “The Magic Whip.”

Albarn said the album, due for release April 27, was partly recorded in Hong Kong and inspired by the city’s political unrest and by a trip to North Korea. One song is titled “Pyongyang.”

Blur was one of the biggest British bands of the 1990s, alongside rivals Oasis. Its last studio album, “Think Tank,” was released in 2003.

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