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Monday, August 13, 2012
As 80,000 spectators sat in the Olympic stadium in Stratford last night, another huge crowd was in Hyde Park awe struck by Blur front man, Damon Albarn.
The last of BTs London Live events came to a close with a celebration of British music featuring New Order, The Specials and the 90s brit pop headliners.
Bombay Bicycle Club opened the day as the crowd buzzed with the anticipation of seeing what Albarn has suggested might be his band’s last performance.
The event truly began as New Order turned up the ante with a spattering of Joy Division classics, the first of the days crowd pleasers.
The Specials arrived dressed in suits to produce their trademark ska sound and send reverberations through the ground that may well have measured on the Richter scale.
Armed with chocolate gold medals and Union Jacks, a giant screen beemed in BBC coverage of the closing ceremony silencing the frenzied mass.
Eyes locked intently on the sights of Madness travelling around Stratford, the giant on-stage screen parted to reveal Blur in front of a breath taking set.
Inspired by their latest single Under The Westway, Albarn accompanied by Alex James, Dave Rowntree and Graham Coxon stood beneath a mock motorway.
Taking in the site of Hyde Park, the band set the tone of the evening by jumping straight into Boys & Girls.
The tempo was raised and lowered throughout the two-hour set that featured guest appearances from Phil Daniels for Parklife and comedian Harry Enflied dressed as a tea maid.
Albarn found his way into the crowd more than once as he acknowledge London’s Olympic effort by dedicating tracks such as Song 2 to Team GB athletes.
Some crowd members were moved to tears by heartfelt performances of Tender, This is a Low and the closing number The Universal.
The front man himself bit his bottom lip to keep the emotion back as he took in the sights of what may be his last ever Blur crowd.
A farewell to London 2012, the concert was a fitting celebration of British music with a real focus on the capital.
If the Olympics legacy is to inspire a generation, these guys are a step ahead.
Their generation stood before them, arms aloft and voice blaring the lyrics of their heroes.