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Fatboy Slim and Jamie Cullum announced for Alex James and Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival 2014

28 Feb 2014

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Foodie friends Jamie Oliver and Alex James are once again throwing their annual Big Feastival, taking place at James’ Oxfordshire farm from Fri 29-Sun 31 Aug. As well as stages dedicated to food events and kids’ entertainment, there’ll also be an…

Blur's Alex James to launch Britpop drink

14 Jan 2014

Music gossip

Blur's Alex James wants to use the name 'Britpop' for a new drink. The bass player applied for the trademark in October last year and it was published for consultation by the UK's Intellectual Property Office last Friday (10.01.14), according to City…

Alex James: Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher are working together

14 Aug 2013

Music gossip

Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher are "working together on a lot of stuff". The former music rivals - whose bands Blur and Oasis were embroiled in a war of words in the mid-1990s - have not only put the past behind them but are collaborating on a new…

Alex James has 'no idea' about Blur's future

13 Aug 2013

Music gossip

Blur's Alex James has "no idea" how long the band will stay together. The indie rock group are currently on tour but the bassist is unsure whether they will continue after their final booked dates in Australia next January. Alex told the Daily…

Alex James gets festival tips from Glastonbury's Michael Eavis

28 Jun 2013

Music gossip

Alex James has "sympathy" for Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis for the massive job he takes on every year. The Blur bassist has the utmost respect for Michael, 77, for what he achieves with his renowned music festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton…

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Alex James: Blur sessions went well

12 Jun 2013

Music gossip

Alex James believes Blur will release a new album. The bassist has revealed the band's impromptu recording sessions in May - which took place after they had to cancel gigs in Tokyo, Japan, and Taiwan - yielded some good results and he is confident…

Blur to continue playing live

8 Oct 2012

Music Gossip

Blur will continue to perform in 2013. The 'Parklife' band left a question mark over their future after performing a concert to mark the closing of the Olympic games in London in August, but have now announced they will play at a Belgian festival…

Alex James wants to work with Johnny Marr

31 Aug 2012

Music Gossip

Alex James wants to work with Johnny Marr, The 43-year-old bassist says his group Blur's recent string of shows - which culminated in a huge gig in London's Hyde Park to coincide with the end of the London Olympics - has inspired him to perform more…

Blur rock Olympics closing concert

13 Aug 2012

Music Gossip

Blur headlined the Olympics closing ceremony concert in London's Hyde Park with a mammoth set last night (13.08.12). The Britpop legends performed some of their biggest hits for the sell-out crowd, including 'Girls & Boys', 'Country House', 'Song 2…

Blur argue over set list

8 Aug 2012

Music Gossip

Blur have been arguing over the set list ahead of their Hyde Park show. The reformed group perform at the outdoor London venue on Sunday (12.08.12) as part of an Olympic closing ceremony concert - their first major performance since their comeback…

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Damon Albarn has 'more interesting' projects than Blur

31 Jul 2012

Music Gossip

Damon Albarn has got "many more interesting things to do" than make a new Blur album. The singer is wary about the band recording a new record - their first since 2003's 'Think Tank' - because he doesn't know how it will fit with the lives the band…

Alex James 'most annoying' member of Blur

30 Jul 2012

Music Gossip

Alex James was "the most annoying member" of Blur. The bass player admits tensions in the 'Song 2' band could flare up in their 90s heyday, leading to him getting into scrapes with his bandmates. He said: "There was one time when I had two black…

Blur don't need rehearsal

26 Jul 2012

Music Gossip

Blur don't need "much rehearsal" ahead of their London Hyde Park show. The 'Girls & Boys' hitmakers will perform at a special concert to mark the Olympic Closing Ceremony on August 13 and even though it is three years since they made their comeback…

Blur's 'sarcastic' album

21 Jul 2012

Music Gossip

Graham Coxon says Blur's 'Parklife' album was "sarcastic". The singer-songwriter doesn't understand why people regard their third studio album as a "celebration of Englishness" as the lyrics in the title song - written about their experiences on the…

Rizzle Kicks want to collaborate with Damon Albarn

4 Jul 2012

Music Gossip

Rizzle Kicks want to collaborate with Damon Albarn. The 'Mama Do The Hump' duo - Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule - are huge Blur fans and asked frontman Damon if they could pen a track with him when they were invited to the band's secret…

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Blur unveil two new tracks

3 Jul 2012

Music Gossip

Blur unveiled two new tracks last night (02.07.12). The 'Song 2' band performed 'Under the Westway' and 'The Puritan' from a rooftop at a secret location via a live video stream, watched by fans around the world. The band last staged a reunion…

Blur to debut new tracks over twitter

25 Jun 2012

Music Gossip

Blur will debut two new tracks over twitter. The 'Parklife' hitmakers - who will perform at an Olympic Games closing show in London's Hyde Park on August 12 - will premiere two new songs, 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan', next Monday (02.07.12…

Damon Albarn stops Blur sessions

23 May 2012

Music Gossip

Damon Albarn has stopped recording sessions for new Blur material. The band had been working with producer William Orbit - who produced their '13' album in 1999 - but the rest of the group were left confused when Damon cryptically halted the…

Paloma Faith and Razorlight to headline Jamie Oliver festival

18 May 2012

Music Gossip

Paloma Faith and Razorlight will headline Jamie Oliver presents The Big Feastival with Alex James. The food and music festival - which raises money for the Jamie Oliver Foundation and this year will be held at Blur bassist Alex James' Oxfordshire…

Blur announce intimate shows ahead of Olympics concert

14 May 2012

Music Gossip

Blur have announced a string of intimate shows before their concert closing the Olympics in Britain. The 'Song 2' band are to play in British towns Margate, Wolverhampton and Plymouth, as well as appearing at festivals in Sweden and Denmark before…

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Damon Albarn finds opera hard to explain

7 May 2012

Music Gossip

Damon Albarn worries people think he has "lost it". The Blur frontman is currently focused on his 'Dr. Dee' project - a play and accompanying album of folk opera inspired by Elizabethan mathematician Dr. John Dee - and admit she is "nervous" about…

Damon Albarn thinks new Blur sound would be interesting

3 May 2012

Music Gossip

Damon Albarn thinks a new Blur album would be "interesting". The group - who have been largely defunct since 2003, apart from a series of one-off shows in 2009 - haven't released a record since 2003's 'Think Tank' and so the singer is curious to see…

Damon Albarn: Gorillaz will record again

25 Apr 2012

Music Gossip

Gorillaz will make another record when Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett work out their differences. The cartoon collective has been on hiatus ever since the collaborators had a huge row last year but Damon insists it is not the end for Gorillaz and he…

Blur releasing box set

19 Apr 2012

Music Gossip

Blur are to release 65 previously-unheard songs as part of a new box set. The 'Parklife' hitmakers are to celebrate 21 years since the release of their debut album 'Leisure' with '21', a comprehensive body of work compiled by the band. The box…

Damon Albarn to release opera album

7 Mar 2012

Music Gossip

Damon Albarn will release an album from his 'Dr. Dee' opera. The Blur frontman recorded the 18-track record late last year with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and now the soundtrack to the production - inspired by mathematician John Dee - will be…