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’15 Jul 26 Sun

Sunday 26th July

  • Splendour in the Grass 2015 – Sunday as it happened

    There was no day of rest for Guardian Australia as we pulled on our gumboots for the third and final day of the festival and pushed on through to Blur

    • Relive Friday and Saturday as they happened on the blog
    • Sunday at Splendour – in pictures
    • Saturday at Splendour – in pictures
    • Friday at Splendour – in pictures

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’15 Jul 23 Thu

Thursday 23rd July

  • Are you at Splendour in the Grass 2015? Share your festival experience

    Splendour in the Grass is about to get under way in Byron. Share your photos, reviews and experiences of the three-day music festival with Guardian Witness

    Splendour in the Grass kicks off on Friday, with almost 100 acts from Australia and further afield performing over three days. If you’re heading there, we’d like to hear from you.

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  • Splendour in the Grass 2015: highlights to look forward to, from Blur to First Dog

    The NSW festival, which starts Friday, brings together scores of international and Australian acts over three days. Here are Guardian Australia’s top picks

    Splendour in the Grass kicks off on Friday, with almost 100 acts performing over three days. Guardian Australia will be on the ground at the festival, but before we leave Sydney to don our gumboots, what are our team most looking forward to?

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’15 Jul 21 Tue

Tuesday 21st July

  • Blur’s Drum Tech Writes Their Setlists

    I saw Blur this past May, when they did a secret show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. That was a week after the release of their great new LP, The Magic Whip, and the setlist was pretty much a run-through of the album (sans “Ice Cream Man”), followed by a three-song encore of old […]

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’15 Jul 17 Fri

Friday 17th July

  • This week’s new live music

    Rat Boy | Rosanne Cash | Tinariwen | Nozinja | Irakere | Glyndebourne Opera: Saul

    There was a time when Rat Boy was simply Jordan Cardy, a young man from Essex. His early songs such as Sign On (recounting what it’s like to be “young, dumb, living off Mum”) established the Rat Boy tone pretty well: a bit Jamie T, a bit Mike Skinner and also a little bit Just Jack, leaning perhaps more towards the populist end of amiable lo-fi MCing than gritty social realism. Nothing wrong with that, of course, though that may be why Rat Boy possibly makes more sense not as a one-man show, but when he operates as part of a fairly tight touring indie band. This isn’t exactly a proposition with a unique vision ready-established – like, for instance, the Arctic Monkeys. Rather, Rat Boy and his crew seem to be an inverse of…

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’15 Jul 16 Thu

Thursday 16th July

  • Blur's Alex James 'proud' of Damon Albarn's five hour set

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  • Gorillaz to Hit the Studio This Fall

    Last year, in the midst of supporting his debut solo album Everyday Robots, Damon Albarn revealed ambitious plans for a number of his musical projects. He's since delivered on the musical theatre adaptation of a children's book and a massive Blur comeback, and now he's making good on his promise of new Gorillaz material.   Albarn's co-creator of the virtual band, illustrator Jamie Hewlett, recently shared new artwork of members Noodle, Murdoc and Russell on Instagram, prompting rumours that something was in the works.   Albarn has since appeared on Australian TV program ABC 7.30,...

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’15 Jul 7 Tue

Tuesday 7th July

  • Damon Albarn carried off stage + win Blur vinyl & tix to MSG!

    Albarn being carried off stage at Roskilde 2015

    Damon Albarn played Denmark's Roskilde Festival over the weekend (7/4) as part of Africa Express, the project he founded that brings together Western and African musicians. Where most festival sets keep things short and sweet, sticking to the hits, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman -- along with Songhoy Blues, Nick Zinner, Jeff Wootton, and Seye Adelekan -- played a marathon five-hour (!) set that also featured appearances from Blur's Graham Coxon, Laura Mvula and more. When the 4 AM curfew hit, Albarn still wasn't ready to get off stage and launched into a cover of The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" That question was answered by security who carried him offstage while he was still singing. Video of that, plus Africa Express performing Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood" and a song with Coxon/Mvula, below.

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  • Courtney Barnett opening Blur's NYC & LA shows (win tickets to MSG & 'The Magic Whip' on vinyl!)

    photo: Courtney Barnett at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by PSquared)

    To follow their (very tiny) first NYC show since 2003, Blur are returning for much larger US shows at LA's Hollywood Bowl on October 20 and NYC's Madison Square Garden on October 23. If that wasn't exciting enough, those shows just got a pretty awesome opener: fast-rising indie rocker of the moment, Courtney Barnett.

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’15 Jul 6 Mon

Monday 6th July

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