At the beginning of 2018 singer-songwriter Sophia Marshall released an EP of low-key, stripped back Kasabian covers. With the arrangements finally allowed room to breathe and a decent vocal applied, Kasabian never sounded better. Barely a month later, Marshall returned with a two track digital single centred around The Pretenders. It perhaps wasn’t as broad in appeal as the Kasabian release, but her dreamy, strung out version of the Ray Davies penned ‘I Go To Sleep’ was definitely worth hearing.  The third release in her ongoing covers project, ‘Song 3’, turns its attentions to Colchester’s favourite sons, Blur, and rather disappointingly, despite the title building up hopes, she doesn’t re-imagine their indie-punk belter ‘Song 2’ in a swoon-some dream pop style. That’s not to say her three choices aren’t interesting of course, since the Blur catalogue is ripe for the picking…and it’s not like they get covered very often either. Also, two of Sophia’s re-imaginings are of a gold standard – great additions to her covers project.

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Blur to headline Live Latino 2013 in Mexico

Blur have been confirmed as one of the headline acts at next year’s Vive Latino festival in Mexico.

Next year’s event – to be held in March – also boasts a headline appearance from Morrissey, as well as appearances by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Silversun Pickups, Underworld, Ska-P and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.

A full line up can be found here.

Also in the news this week, Blur have also been confirmed as a headline act at the Norwegian Øya Festival, which will take place at Oslo’s Middelalderparken from August 6th-10th.

Appearing with Blur at the Scandinavian event are Angel Haze and Of Mice & Men. More acts will be announced in the near future.

Blur’s Hyde Park gig from the summer of 2012 was released as a double CD, DVD and lavish box set on December 3rd.