Due to demand Ocean Colour Scene are adding some additional shows to the 2020 Tour Dates. Birmingham O2 Academy on 11th December is SOLD OUT so they will also be coming back to Birmingham for another date on 20th December. Tom Clarke will again be supporting on the 20th December.
Ocean Colour Scene will return at the end of 2020 to play a series of Christmas shows, including a gig at London’s iconic Roundhouse, marking the band’s first headline performance in London since their triumphant sold-out 2016 Moseley Shoals tour.
Tom Clarke formerly of The Enemy will be the special guest support in Manchester, Birmingham and London, playing an The Enemy greatest hits set as well as a few new original tracks.
Tour Dates December 2020
Saturday 5 December – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse*
Monday 7 December – Dublin, Olympia SOLD OUT
Tuesday 8th December – Dublin Olympia
Friday 11 December – Birmingham, O2 Academy SOLD OUT*
Saturday 12 December – London, Roundhouse SOLD OUT
Sunday 13 December – London Roundhouse
Tuesday 15 December – Glasgow, Barrowland
Wednesday 16 December – Glasgow, Barrowland
Friday 18 December – Glasgow, Barrowland SOLD OUT
Saturday 19 December – Glasgow, Barrowland SOLD OUT
Sunday 20 December – Birmingham O2 Academy*
Ocean Colour Scene’s rip-roaring live shows have long been one of the most extraordinary sights in modern rock -communal outpourings of hope and joy which boast the most life-affirming sing-a-longs you’ll ever hear.
However, their upcoming tour promises to be their most emotionally charged yet, as it marks 30 years since the release of the band’s debut single, ‘Sway’. “I remember thinking back then that we were in it for the long haul, purely because we didn’t have a plan to do anything else,” says the band’s singer Simon Fowler. “Of course, we had no idea that we’d still be here thirty years later!”
OCS remain one of the most successful -and most loved- bands of the modern era. Having spent six years fine-tuning their sound, they lit up the Britpop party, chalking up three Top 5 albums- 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern and a run of nine successive Top 20 single’s including the immortal ‘The Riverboat Song’ (in total they have seventeen Top 40 singles and six Top Ten singles).
In the years since they’ve honed their craft in the spirit of the soul, folk and blues greats who inspired them- returning the favour in 2018 when they took Martha Reeves and The Vandellas out on tour. “We couldn’t quite believe that Martha Reeves was supporting us, it seemed absurd,” says Simon. “But our crowd loved it, she went down really well.”
While 2019 saw the band only play a handful of festivals and a low-key six-date tour of Scotland (“We wanted to do something a bit different- go back to being The Beatles”) the tour dates in 2020 will see them back in their element- reaffirming a kinetic bond with their audience which grows stronger with each passing year.
“It’s great playing live these days because the mums and dads are at the back and their kids are down the front singing all the words,” says Simon with a smile. “We can’t wait to get back out there.”
Buckle up, it’s going to be quite a ride.
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