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Blur To Return To Studio, Hints Graham Coxon

And Alex James is holding a music festival in his country house…

Blur are making moves to return to the studio for the first time since 2003, a tweet by guitarist Graham Coxon has revealed.

Coxon posted the following on Twitter on 3 February: "Now off to see the Blur boys and have coffee and maybe switch a tape recorder on!" When an NME editor asked for more details, Coxon replied, "Well… we are havin a meet up... might get a guitar out... y' know".

He later deleted the exchange.

The band has not recorded a new album since 2003’s Think Tank. They reunited to headline the Glastonbury Festival in 2009 but a new studio album seemed unlikely, until now.

It’s been very busy in the Blur camp this week as Alex James has announced he will hold a music and food festival on his Oxfordshire estate later this year.

The bassist embraced country life in 2007 when he moved to the Cotswolds and launched a cheese-making business, so the inaugural festival will merge his two loves.

KT Tunstall is set to headline the event at his farm at Chipping Norton from 9-12 September. “We'll throw open the farm gates for Harvest this September,” Alex announced. “My family are looking forward to a celebration of all our favourite things – food, the farm and music.”