As we reported last month, Blur are playing Madison Square Garden this fall. And after what transpired over the weekend, the World’s Most Famous Arena might want to solidify its curfew in advance of the show.
Saturday night (and Sunday morning) at Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark, Blur frontman Damon Albarn performed a five-hour set with his Africa Express collective, which includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner and others. And the show only ended at five hours because festival organizers had to literally walk on stage and carry Albarn off.
The show went on, a bit unexpectedly, until 4 a.m.
Albarn seemed to be in particularly high spirits (and perhaps had a little too much to drink), leading the collective in lively covers of The Clash and Randy Newman as well as Gorillaz. He also brought out special guests including Blur bandmate Graham Coxon and Laura Mvula.
However, once the clock struck 4 a.m., festival organizers asked Albarn to wrap things up. He refused, instead encouraging the audience to cheer in support. Eventually, security carried him off stage. Truly one of the more surreal moments we’ve seen in some time.