Blur's last stand? Frontman's frustration at Coachella sparks farewell speculation

Blur's frontman Damon Albarn apparently had a less than enjoyable time at Coachella.
2024 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2
2024 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2 / Scott Dudelson/GettyImages

In case you missed it: The opening weekend of Coachella proved quite eventful, with one notable band's performance sparking controversy and potentially marking their last appearance at the festival. Blur, the renowned British rock/pop group from the '90s, took to the stage on Saturday, sandwiched between sets by Sublime and No Doubt. However, their performance failed to captivate the audience.

Whether it was a hangover from Sublime's high energy or anticipation for No Doubt's upcoming act, the crowd seemed disengaged from Blur's set, in general. This disconnection peaked when the band's frontman, Damon Albarn, attempted to rally the audience to sing along to their 1994 hit "Girls & Boys."

Albarn urged the crowd to join in on the song's "ow ow ow" vocal part, twice, but received minimal participation, leading to visible frustration, as reported by multiple sources. One person on social media — ostensibly a Blur fan — lamented that the band's "entire discography combined has sold slightly less in the United States than Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water did in its first 7 days on sale." (Yes, that is their actual album title.)

The future of Damon Albarn and Blur at Coachella

While there was footage of the incident, it has since been removed from X (formerly Twitter) due to copyright claims (likely a "DMCA" complaint). In a moment of exasperation, Albarn addressed the audience, expressing, "You'll never see us again, so you might as well (expletive) sing it." Though it sounds like it could have been a joke or exaggeration, it's possible that it's not. Artists, including musicians, can be sensitive, after all.

Let;s face another fact, too: More people in America would probably recognize Albarn for singing the Gorillaz lyrics: "I'm happy/Feeling sad/Got sunshine/In a bag/I'm useless/But not for long/The future/Is coming on." As other sources have noted, Albarn has apparently remained silent on the matter following the performance, but the potential absence of his animated group, Gorillaz, from future Coachella lineups could be a significant loss, given their participation in the festival previously.

Is the song really not catchy enough? Check it out below: