Benicassim 2015: Blur confirmed as latest headliners alongside the Prodigy and Portishead

Band will be playing classics as well as tracks from new album The Magic Whip

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Blur have been revealed as the latest headliners for Benicassim 2015, joining the Prodigy, Portishead, and Florence + The Machine.

A spokesperson confirmed the band’s appearance at the Spanish festival today, saying Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree would be playing tracks from their new album as well as classics.

“We can’t wait to see them return to the stage, showing that in Blur’s hands pop is real magic,” he added.

The Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (FIB) will take over the Spanish beach resort from 16 to 19 July with acts including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Crystal Fighters, Public Enemy, Clean Bandit, Bastille, Hinds, Jamie T and Mark Ronson.

The Magic Whip, Blur’s first album in 12 years, is set for release on 27 April and is being previewed in an intimate West London gig next week.

The band will also headline the British Summer Time festival in London's Hyde Park on 20 June.

Albarn said The Magic Whip was influenced by the band’s surroundings while they were writing it in Hong Kong.

One track, “Ong Ong”, was reportedly described by bassist Alex James as a “banger”, while “Pyongyang” is said to describe Albarn’s thoughts on North Korea.

“It’s my impression of the place, in an abstract, veiled way,” he told The Guardian.

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