Blur planning an Australian tour in 2013

Blur is planning a relatively extensive world tour next year, including Europe, Japan, South America and Australia.”

So says Ian Huffam, a representative for the booking agency X-Ray Touring, quoted by concert tour industry trade magazine Pollstar.

Blur have already announced shows at the Primavera Sound (Barcelona, May 24), Oporto (Portugal, May 31) and Rock Werchter (Belgium, July 4-7). The band announced the Primavera and Oporto dates on their Facebook page on Monday and hinted that other shows will soon be announced: “More as we know it…”

Pollstar suggests that Blur’s European dates will “likely run through to mid summer”, which would suggest that an Australian visit would be likely in the second half of next year. With Japan and Australia on the schedule a visit to either Fuji Rock or Summer Sonic and Splendour in the Grass appears to be reasonable prediction.

FL spoke to Damon Albarn when he toured Australia in December 2010 with Gorillaz, but he avoided any talk of a Blur tour. The last visit with Blur was way back in 1997 when they were touring their self titled album. The band released two albums after that – 1999’s 13 and 2003’s Think Tank.

This year has been an unusually busy one for the band with the release of two new songs, a huge retrospective box-set, and a concert in Hyde Park with New Order and The Specials as part of the Olympic celebrations.

Bassist Alex James says the the two new tracks were written specifically for the Hyde Park gig and show completely different sides of Blur: ”’The Puritan’ is a big, up and at em’, bouncy, sing-a-long special and ‘Under The Westway’ is more of a hymn, but I think they’ll go down really well.”