The singer was performing with Africa Express at Roskilde Festival
Alexandra Pollard

09:38 6th July 2015

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Damon Albarn was carried off stage by security at Roskilde Festival this weekend after refusing to end his five hour set. Watch footage of the incident below.

The Blur frontman closed the festival on Saturday (4 July) with his Africa Express project, which brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations to promote African music. This was the project's only festival appearance of the year - and Damon Albarn was determined to make the most of it.

The set included onstage collaborations with Albarn's Blur bandmate Graham Coxon, Laura Mvula, Jeff Wootton, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner; several Gorillaz tracks and covers of The Clash and Randy Newman.

At 4am, after five hours had passed, Albarn's cover of The Clash's 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' was interrupted by a security guard, who came over and said something to Albarn. He replied, "Why not? Fuck that. You want more, yeah?"

Shortly afterwards, a second man came over to attempt to persuade Albarn to leave the stage. "You see, he's someone who's worked with Africa Express for many years," Albarn complained to the crowd, "But he's saying 'No we can't do that.' Fuck that. Fuck what anyone says, you want more, we're gonna give you more."

Shortly thereafter, his microphone was switched off and he was lifted up by his stage manager and carried off the stage.

Watch Damon Albarn being carried off stage at Roskilde below

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree recently told Gigwise about doubts over what the band may do next

"That is a very good question," he said of the prospect of more shows and new material. "There's nothing in the diary beyond the end of this year at the moment. That's a discussion we've all got to have amongst ourselves."

Last weekend saw Blur headline British Summer Time in Hyde Park. Check out our full review of the show here

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