To mark the 20th anniversary of their legendary Moseley Shoals album, Ocean Colour Scene are going be celebrating in style!
On 23rd & 24th July Ocean Colour Scene will headline Leeds’s famous Millennium Square with very special guests!
The SOLD OUT, Saturday show will see the headliners Ocean Colour Scene joined by Shed Seven & The Bluetones with further support from The View & The Sherlocks. Gutted you missed out?
Fear no more! Due to phenomenal demand Sunday 24th July was added and will also feature Shed Seven & The Bluetones however with the addition of Reverend and the Makers and Carnabells! Its doesn’t get cooler than that! Get your hands on the few remaining Sunday tickets here
To start the year, January 2016 saw Ocean Colour Scene playing three sold-out shows in clubs they played just as Moseley Shoals was originally released, a time when no-one could have guessed at the success that was to follow, a time of sheer raw live energy and excitement. They performed the album from start to finish, and all three shows sold out in seconds.
In February the band traveled to Australia for the first time and the demand was nothing short of incredible, with three shows selling sold out also.
The Birmingham band’s story is already the stuff of legend: a rip-roaring rock’n’folk odyssey set to a backdrop of 21 years of UK indie culture at its very best.
In this 23-year existence, Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern – and a run of nine successive Top 20 hit singles commencing with 1996’s The Riverboat Song. They supported Oasis at their massive Knebworth shows that same year, and two years later helmed the biggest arena tour of any UK band to date. Their achievements have been nothing short of phenomenal.
From their days as Breton-shirt wearing disciples of The Stone Roses (debut single ‘Sway’) to million selling Britpop superstars (‘Marchin’ Already’ bumped Oasis’ ‘What the Story’ from the top spot in 1997) to long-term touring allies with Paul Weller, they have always stood shoulder to shoulder with the greats of modern British rock.
Shed Seven formed in 1990, out of the ashes of Brockley Haven (which featured Rick, Paul and Tom), a well respected young local band. The first line up consisted of Rick, Tom, Joe and Alan. They soon gathered a loyal following and after a great show at the national ‘In The City’ unsigned band showcase they were signed to Polydor in 1993.
Before they were signed, Joe left the group, to be replaced by old friend Paul. The band achieved great successes between 1994 and 1999, releasing four albums and 14 Top 40 singles on Polydor before splitting with the record label acrimoniously in late 1999. This also saw personnel changes with Banks leaving due to ‘musical differences’ and original guitarist Joe, as well as long time session keyboardist, Fraser, permanantly added to the line up.
The line up went through several record companies, but never achieved the same critical success as in their heyday despite their huge fan following, before deciding to split in 2003, citing lack of support from their label at the time, Taste Media.
The group announced in July 2007 they were reuniting for a greatest hits tour later in the year, the new line up re-introducing Banks, but sadly losing Fraser Smith. The succesful 20+ date tour concluded in late December in Glasgow, and received unexpected critical acclaim from both fans and press alike.
A collection of all the bands singles was released in early 2008 by Polydor, containing much unheard material and extra B-Sides. The group played a number of gigs in the summer of 2008, including the T in the Park and V Festivals. They once again confounded critics in May by announcing a major UK wide tour for late 2009. They continued to gig throughout 2010 and have one of their biggest ever tours planned for 2011 to coincide with the 15th anniversary of ‘A Maximum High’s release. See Flick Of The Finger images of Shed Seven here
The Bluetones filled the gap that the Stone Roses left behind, providing graceful but muscular guitar pop with slightly psychedelic overtones. They appeared during the waning days of Brit-pop, which guaranteed them a considerable amount of press coverage that helped their debut album rocket to the top of the charts upon its release in early 1996.
Expecting to Fly Originally called the Bottlegarden, the Bluetones formed in Hounslow, England in 1994. The group consisted of guitarist Adam Devlin, drummer Eds Chester, vocalist Mark Morriss, and his brother Scott, who played bass. All of the members had previously played in local bands before forming the Bluetones. During 1995, the group released two singles on its Superior Quality Recordings label, “Are You Blue or Are You Blind?” and “Bluetonic,” which received positive reviews in the British music weeklies.
By mid 95, the band were being touted as the next big thing in Brit-pop, since their sound fell halfway between the Stone Roses and Oasis.
Early in 1996, the Bluetones released “Slight Return,” which shot to number two a month before their debut album, Expecting to Fly, was released. Expecting to Fly was greeted with mixed reviews, but it debuted at number one on the British charts and became a sizable hit.