Gig review: The Bluetones at O2 Academy Leeds

The Bluetones.
The Bluetones.
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Mark Morriss appeared a little nervous ahead of a gig which formed part of The Bluetones’ first tour in four years.

“This could be either life affirming or a complete tragedy,” said the lead singer of the Hounslow band, only half-joking.

He need not have worried.

Almost two decades since their rise to prominence, Morriss and co performed an impressive back catalogue of their classic indie-pop hits to an appreciative audience made up largely of late thirties to early forty-somethings.

The band split in 2011 and played at the 02 Academy in Leeds as part of their farewell tour, so it was refreshing to see them back here and produce a performance which proved they have not lost their touch.

Morriss interacted with the crowd throughout as hits such as Slight Return and Marblehead Johnson were lapped up by the adoring crowd.

They open with their first charting single Are You Blue or Are You Blind?, which sets the tone nicely, but their biggest hits naturally attract the greatest reception.

Morriss’ brother Scott is superb as bass player and dovetails well with his elder sibling.

The band has scored thirteen Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums in the UK charts.

Although their commercial success waned in the post-Britpop era, they continued to tour and release new records.

Several of these were on their set-list before After Hours ensures a hugely feelgood encore.