Blur’s comeback march has another journey to come. The Britpop legends’ return was captured on film for a new documentary, New World Towers, which will earn its cinematic premiere later this year.
The film charts Blur’s expedition in recent times, using live footage and interviews with the band to tell the story of its unexpected reunion in Hong Kong which yielded an album, The Magic Whip, and led to a string of triumphant live dates.
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The Magic Whip, Blur’s eighth studio album, opened at No. 1 in the U.K. following its release in April to become the band’s sixth to reach summit in the market. The set peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200.
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The Magic Whip ended a 16-year wait for an album featuring the group’s classic lineup of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree. Blur’s last full length was 2003’s Think Tank, which Coxon missed.
The trailer for New World Towers has hit the web in advance of the film’s Dec. 2 release in select U.K. cinemas. CPH:DOX, the Nov. 5-15 documentary film festival in Copenhagen will host the world premiere on its opening day. International release dates will be announced in due course. Blur is booked to play the Hollywood Bowl tonight (Oct. 20) and Madison Square Garden on Friday (Oct. 23).
Watch the trailer New World Towers below.