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Legendary Britpop band Blur played their first proper gig for three years at Maida Vale Studios on Tuesday (July 31).

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The band, who will perform at the end of the Olympics, performed two intimate sets in front of a studio audience of only 200 people at the studio in Delaware Road.

Frontman Damon Albarn said: “When you’ve been away for a while, it’s quite nerve-racking.”

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 6 Music, the first set featured rare tracks, including Caramel from 1999 album 13, which they had never previously performed live. They also played new tracks Under The Westway and The Puritan.

A later gig, broadcast live on Radio 2, featured hits such as Beetlebum, Out Of Time, End Of A Century and The Universal.

The band will headline a huge concert in Hyde Park to mark the closing of the Games on August 12.

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