blur kicked off their live comeback last night with an intimate show in their hometown of Colchester.
Playing the tiny Colchester Arts Centre, the band are warming up for a summer of much bigger dates with a run of four shows over the coming days.
The 23-song setlist opened with a new track from their just announced new album, ‘The Ballad of Darren’, ‘St. Charles Square’. A far more robust and spiky song than this week’s first taster, ‘The Narcissist’ – which also got a live debut – you can check out a clip from the track below.
The show also saw a live debut for ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ cut ‘Villa Rosie’ and a first play for ‘Chemical World’ since 2009’s post-hiatus run.
blur will continue their comeback at Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens this Sunday, 21st May.
The setlist read:
St. Charles Square (Live debut)
There’s No Other Way
Popscene (First time live since 2013)
Trouble in the Message Centre
Chemical World (First time live since 2009)
Villa Rosie (Live debut)
Coffee & TV
Out of Time
End of a Century
To the End
Oily Water (First time live since 2012)
This Is a Low
Girls & Boys
The Narcissist (Live debut)