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Blur’s Damon Albarn says it’s time to “wrap up” the band again

Author Hernan Osuna - 6.12.2023

British singer Damon Albarn has announced that Blur will be going on a hiatus until further notice with the vocalist saying “It’s too much for me”.

The Britpop band – comprised of Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree – reunited in 2023, releasing their acclaimed album “The Ballad of Darren”, and playing dates across the globe, which included two epic gigs at London’s Wembley Stadium. Last month they played their final scheduled shows together in South America.

In a new interview with French publication Les Inrockuptibles (via Far Out Magazine), Albarn has revealed that the band will be taking another hiatus until further notice. “It is time to wrap up this campaign. It’s too much for me. It was the right thing to do and an immense honour to play these songs again, spend time with these guys, make an album, blah-blah-blah”.

He added: “I’m not saying I won’t do it again, it was a beautiful success, but I’m not dwelling on the past.”

As for what the future holds for him, Albarn revealed that he will be working on an “opera to be performed in Paris next year”, and reuniting with Jamie Hewlett in India to “start working on a new Gorillaz album”.