Brilliant Blur leave fans gasping for more
IT really, really, really did happen.
Blur stormed through their back catalogue of boisterous pop tunes in Dublin last night.
Ardent Blur fans were treated to everything from the classics to the obscure favourites at their only gig in Ireland or Britain this year.
The grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at Kilmainham were transformed into a mini festival as Irish band The Strypes opened up the show followed by trippy UK female star Bat For Lashes.
But it was the Britpop foursome – reunited after a six-year break – that the crowd came to see. And they didn't disappoint.
Lead singer Damon Albarn kicked off proceedings with a raucous rendition of Girls And Boys and rolled through 1990s and 2000s hits from The Universal to Coffee And TV.
The geared-up Dublin crowd provided all the vocals for the catchy chorus of Tender to the amazement of Damon, Alex Graham, Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree.
And the mainly 30-something revellers went wild when EastEnders actor Phil Daniels took to the stage for a reprieve of his vocal contribution to Park Life.
But the band left the eager crowd hanging until the very end for a final smashing version of Song 2 – leaving the audience gasping for more.
Damon told the crowd that it was their first time in 25 years – as a reunited band – that they had played Dublin.
He paid tribute to the late music journalist Leo Finlay – Blur performed at his wedding in 1988.
The Country House singers headed to celebrity haunt Lillie's Bordello off Grafton Street after the gig. They spent the night in the exclusive library bar enjoying pints of Porterhouse Plain stout and their favourite tipple Sailor Jerry spiced rum.