Twenty years gone by in a blur

We found ourselves amongst the 150 people nestled into the odd surroundings of the East Anglian railway museum on Saturday night for Blur's first gig with their original line-up in nine years. The place where they performed for the first time back in 1989 was certainly a nostalgic and intimate choice of venue to prepare for headline slots at Hyde Park, Glastonbury and T in the Park but it was never low-key.

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Looking like he'd been getting himself in shape for a summer back in the spotlight, Damon Albarn was in his element - shouting, posturing and even stage diving his way through a pretty punishing track list that kept them on stage for over 2 hours - until the last train provided a natural curtain closer to a set that reminded you how good their back catalogue still sounds.

As for signs of any lingering schisms, all looked very good-natured - the band and their families meeting for a pre-gig pint in the pub down the road, and, on-stage, a public show of unity with Albarn putting his arm around Graham Coxon during "End Of A Century". Perhaps it's the start of something.

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