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Carlisle station gig for Damon Albarn's Africa Express

He famously sang about Parklife but it’s a platform Blur frontman Damon Albarn will be stepping onto when an impromptu gig rolls into Carlisle’s train station.

The 44-year-old Britpop legend, who also founded the virtual rock band Gorillaz, will be on the platform in Carlisle on September 5.

He is one of 100 musicians touring England, Scotland and Wales on board the Africa Express which is due to pull into Carlisle station at 2.16pm. It will remain there for more than an hour, giving the troupe plenty of time to entertain travellers and music fans alike.

A spokeswoman for the organisers said: “On our way through Carlisle, the station manager, Stuart Davison, asked us to play a concert on the platform – just one example of the musical and local history that will be made.

"Unusual locations have been selected, and the spirit of spontaneity is vital. There will be pop-up performances with world-famous musicians playing unexpected gigs in unexpected places. Schools, railway stations, factories, offices, shopping centres and local clubs.

“Each day, each town, each show will be different."

The spokeswoman stressed that organisers could make “no guarantees” about which artists would be performing on the platform.

The musicians of the Africa Express will also be performing at scheduled concerts in Middlesbrough, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol.

Africa Express began in 2006 with a trip to Mali, when co-founder Albarn took the likes of Fatboy Slim, Martha Wainwright and Jamie T to work with African music legends.

The train itself will include a customised music carriage, with artists creating new material along the route. The unique musical odyssey will culminate in the train’s arrival back into King’s Cross ahead of a concert in Granary Square on September 8.

The project aims to bring together African and Western musicians for an inspirational week for artists and audiences.

Artists taking part include musical legends, emerging new artists, vocalists, DJs and producers from Africa and the West.

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@ stuart, would that be station manager network rail (the owners of carlisle station)or station manager, of the soon to be defunct -allegedly- virgin trains ? thanks.

Posted by John on 7 September 2012 at 08:11

Just in reply to John's comment, no platform tickets are required. Stuart Station Manager Carlisle

Posted by Stuart Davison on 26 August 2012 at 11:10

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