Damon Albarn Live

The Blur legend is back, with a new project inspired by his cherished Iceland. Peter Gray previews one of the most eagerly awaited concerts of 2021.

-London's Best Events-
What: live music
When: 30 March 2021
Where: The Barbican

Damon Albarn is setting off on tour in 2021 to promote his project, Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows. The star’s latest work is inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, which Albarn has visited frequently over the last thirty years.  

As part of the tour, the Gorillaz’s frontman will play an eagerly awaited date at the Barbican in the City of London. Accompanied by “orchestral instrumentation, electronics, vocals and piano”, Albarn will showcase his latest work, alongside a series of stunning visuals from a group of Icelandic filmmakers.

The new project, whose title was inspired by a poem by John Clare, represents a musical love letter to the Nordic country. This is not particularly surprising given Albarn’s well publicised attachment to the region.

The singer began to visit the Northern Eurpean nation in the 1990s, becoming a semi permanent fixture at the “Kaffibarinn“, a bar/café in Reykjavik. Indeed, there were even rumours that the singer had acquired part shares in the venue, which is particularly popular with young Icelanders.

What is certainly true, however, is that Albarn now owns property in the region. The singer owns a property in Grafarvogur, a suburb of Reykjavik. The area is incredibly pretty and a good place particularly for families. 

The Barbican website says: “Iceland is a unique country, filled with an abundance of natural beauty; glaciers, volcanoes, thermal springs, mountains and stunning headlands, stretching across two continents; a land where tectonic plates meet”.

The new project represents Albarn’s first solo work for over five years. Known around the world for his efforts as part of the Brit pop legends Blur, as well as for his more recent work with the Gorillaz, the singer has risen to become one of the most influential figures in the world of Western pop music, with a long list of popular and critical  successes. 

It will be intrgiung to see what Albarn has created musically to express his love for his cherished Iceland. 

Here are the tour dates in full:

17/18 May 2020 : Bozar, Brussels (postponed)

20 May 2020 : Mupa, Budapest

21 May 2020 : Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven

23/24 May 2020 : Philharmonie, Paris

25 May 2020 : Orchestre National de Lyon, Lyon

27 May 2020 : Cité des Congrès, Nantes

29 May 2020 : Philharmonie, Luxembourg

31 May/1 June 2020 : National Concert Hall, Dublin

30 March 2021: Barbican, London

For more information on Damon Albarn – Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows, please click here.

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-London's Best Events-
What: live music
When: 30 March 2021
Where: The Barbican