Gig review: Ocean Colour Scene at O2 Academy Leeds

Ocean Colour Scene. Picture: Joe Dilworth
Ocean Colour Scene. Picture: Joe Dilworth
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Ocean Colour Scene lead singer Simon Fowler paused for a moment of reflection midway through an exhilarating set.

“We’ve been going for nearly 25 years now,” he said, which underlined the longevity of the Birmingham band.

But they are more than longevity; they are a genuinely class act.

I watched OCS support Oasis at Knebworth in 1996 and have followed them ever since.

This tour is a celebration of the band’s 1997 number one album, Marchin’ Already, which was the follow up to their breakthrough Brit-pop LP Moseley Shoals from the year previous.

The mid-to-late 90s was a time when OCS were at the peak of their creative and commercial powers, and the music they produced is certainly enduring.

The crowd was a mix of late twenties/early thirties and male-dominated who were treated to a superb performance.

The first half of the show lasted about 50 minutes and was material from Marchin’ Already, which included classics such as Hundred Mile High City, Better Day, Travellers Tune, Debris Road, Get Blown Away and It’s A Beautiful Thing.

After an interval, Fowler and his pals are back on stage, giving The Circle a fine airing from 1996’s Moseley Shoals album.

The Riverboat Song raised the temperature further before they finished with the rabble-rousing The Day We Caught The Train.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable night.

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