BRITs winners Blur to headline Olympics Closing Ceremony concert

Blur announced on their Twitter at midnight they will headline the Olympics Closing Ceremony concert.

Dave Rowntree, Alex James, Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon are certainly starting 2012
with a bang.

The reformed band tweeted a picture of the concert's poster with the caption: "Blur have accepted the invite to headline the Olympics Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert in Hyde Park on 12th August."

The poster that confirms Blur will headline the Olympics Closing Ceremony / Blur Twitter

The foursome will perform at London's Hyde Park on the last day of the Olympics, 12 August with support from The Specials and New Order.

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Alex told NME magazine: "I think the reunion shows we did in 2009 are the best we've ever done, so this is exciting."

Damon added: "Hopefully it won't take quite as long to learn all the songs again this time. For me personally, it's a very sober regime. I have to clean my act up completely.

"I can't perform with the right intensity unless I do."

This massive concert will follow the band's big award at tonight's BRITs.

Blur at the BRIT Awards in 1995 / PA

They're being honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, which has previously been awarded to their old rivals Oasis, Robbie William, David Bowie, Paul Weller and the Pet Shop Boys.

The band, who took a break in 2003 before reforming in 2009,  were named Best British Band and won Best British Single, Best British Video and Best British Album at the BRITS in 1995.

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Damon and Graham performed new song 'Under The Westway' on Sunday night at the War Child pre-BRITs fundraiser at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. They have been working on new material in the studio with producer William Orbit, the Sun reports.