Blur frontman says Hyde Park show is for 'humans', not the corporate sponsors of the games
David Renshaw

10:31 26th July 2012

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Damon Albarn has claimed that the 'commercialism' of this year's Olympics is getting him down.

Albarn, who will headline a huge BT sponsored gig in Hyde Park with Blur on August 12th, admitted his feelings toward the Games, telling The Sun he feels like he is 'drowning' at the moment.

"I'm just anti the capitalism of it all. We're not doing the gig for the corporate side of the Olympics, we're doing it for the human beings," he told the paper.

Adding: "It feels like you're drowning in commercialism at the moment. It's depressing. But I am into the table tennis so I would like to get some tickets for that. It would be an inspiration to see it at that level."

Meanwhile, Blur faced another opression from The Man this week when it was revealed that a lyrics from their song 'For Tomorrow' which has been sprayed on the pavement in Primrose Hill for over ten years has been removed by the local council.

Below: what the stars are saying about the Olympics

  • The Reverend Jon McClure: "Olympics hype makes me laugh. Most blokes will watch football, 100m final and ladies beach volleyball only haha." (Twitter)

  • Hilltop Hoods: "Made the mistake of turning on TV for 5 minutes. Welcome to planet Earth, where everything is made out of Olympics." (Twitter)

  • Paul McCartney: "I would of thought Beckham would be first choice because of his huge contribution to getting to the Olympics. But some idiot decided otherwise." (Shortlist)

  • John Lydon: "[The Olympics] are of no consequence to me. Britain can''t afford it. It''s destructive." (Hitfix)

  • Liam Payne. "My girlfriend''s cheerleading in the Olympics. It''s pretty cool." (NBC)

  • Cheryl Cole. "We''re inviting people from all over the world to race or do whatever. So everybody''s welcome." (Capital FM)

  • Mick Jagger. "I love the boxing because you get to see more bouts and young talent. You don''t get the rest of the stuff with big-time boxing, with all the build-up and the bullshit." (Evening Standard)

  • Noel Gallagher. When asked if he would be making a song for the Olympics, he replid, "Eurgh%u2026 No%u2026 Gymnastics? No." (Q)

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