Blur Hyde Park gig to be released on iTunes today, less than 24 hours after the show

While the closing ceremony was under way on the other side of London, Blur played one of their greatest gigs in Hyde Park last night (12 August), as the headline act of the Best of British concert to mark the end of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The bill also included Bombay Bicycle Club, The Specials and a reformed New Order, but it is Blur's attempt to release their own two-hour performance on iTunes in less than 24 hours that has most piqued Pocket-lint's interest.

In collaboration with Abbey Road LiveHereNow, the band's entire show was recorded and will be available in high-quality audio ready for download today (13 August). It will be available on iTunes and a dedicated website and has been named Blur: Parklive.

If you'd rather have a physical copy of the show, a CD will be released next week. The Hyde Park performance will come on two discs, with a bonus disc also included featuring unreleased live tracks selected from the recent warm up shows.

A third, deluxe five-disc set will also be available in November which will offer three CDs of show audio, a CD of tracks recorded at London's 100 Club earlier in August, plus a DVD of the Hyde Park gig. The package also comes with a 60-page hardbook containing photographs from both concerts.

Prices, as listed on the Abbey Road Live HereNow website, are £12.99 for the digital download version (320kbps MP3s), £20 for the two-disc CD with bonus material, and £45 for the five-disc set. We're not sure how much it will be on iTunes.

As we write this, the iTunes version of the album is yet to appear on the music store. We suggest you check regularly. If we spot it, we'll update.

UPDATE We haven't seen it on iTunes yet, but you can now buy the 320kbps MP3s of all 25 tracks from last night's event from Abbey Road LiveHereNow.

UPDATE 2: It's now available on iTunes too.

Were you at the gig last night? Is this a record for a live band performance to have such a quick turnaround? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below...

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