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Damon Albarn has been removed from stage on July 4 at the Roskilde festival in Denmark after a five-hour set.

The Blur’s singer was headlining the event with his Africa Express project and was joined on stage by artists like Laura Mvula and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner.

The set – which overran until 04:00 – included covers of Randy Newman and reinterpretations of Gorillaz tracks.

After playing The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go, he encouraged the crowd to protest at the plug being pulled.Damon Albarn Roskilde 2015

“You want more, we’re going to give you more,” Damon Albarn declared before a man, thought to be the stage manager, emerged, put the singer’s jacket over his shoulders and lifted him off stage.

In a video, filmed by someone in the audience, Damon Albarn – who had refused to leave the stage- egged on fans who chanted “we want more”.

Damon Albarn’s Africa Express collective, a collaboration between African and Western musicians, has played at events such as Glastonbury and Electric Proms.

It has also seen Damon Albarn travel to countries including Mali to play with local musicians.

Saturday night’s performance included appearances by Nigerian artist Seye Adelekan and Malian band Songhoy Blues.

Damon Albarn is currently on tour with Blur who are playing dates across the world this summer following the release of album The Magic Whip.


Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams and Damon Albarn will headline the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival later this year.

The full line-up for the festival, which runs from July 4-19, includes Van Morrison, Massive Attack, hip-hop duo Outkast and Jamie Cullum.

Stevie Wonder’s appearance fulfils a long-held wish of the festival’s late founder Claude Nobs, who died in 2013.

Stevie Wonder will join Pharrell Williams and Damon Albarn at the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival

Stevie Wonder will join Pharrell Williams and Damon Albarn at the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival (photo Getty Images)

“We tried to get Stevie many times,” said festival director Mathieu Jaton.

Stevie Wonder will play at the Swiss resort’s Stravinsky Auditorium on July 16, with seats priced at 450 Swiss francs ($470).

Paharrell Williams, who stole the show at this year’s Oscars with his performance of Despicable Me 2’s Happy, will perform at the festival on July 7.

“He is the artist we had to get this year,” Mathieu Jaton told Reuters.

“You hear Pharrell Williams everywhere on the radio and television. He has produced incredible pieces,” he added, alluding to Pharrell Williams’ string of hit performances on tracks like Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.

Robin Thicke will also perform at the event, as will Chris Rea – who returns to the Montreux stage for the first time in 14 years.

Announcing the line-up, Mathieu Jaton spoke about the on-going work to digitize the 6,000 hours of recorded music from Montreux concerts across the years.

Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland was founded in 1967 and has hosted stars including Miles Davis, Ray Charles, David Bowie and Prince.

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