22 May 2013

Ocean Colour Scene Marchin' Already Tour - December 2013

Ocean Colour Scene

Ocean Colour Scene Marchin' Already Tour - December 2013

When Ocean Colour Scene’s Marchin’ Already was released in 1997 – promptly dislodging Oasis’ Be Here Now from the Number One spot – a mysterious package arrived at the band’s door. Inside it was a plaque from Noel Gallagher engraved with the inscription: ‘To the Second Best Band in Britain.’ Far from being insulted, guitarist Steve Cradock took it as a compliment, saying: “It’s an honour to be described as Britain’s second best band – ahead of Oasis but behind the Beatles.”

Sixteen years on, and with Oasis seemingly no more, OCS are ready to re-live their finest hour – playing Marchin’ Already in full.

Many of the songs from that record have become etched into the public consciousness. From the heavy riffing of Hundred Mile High City (famously used in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) to the Beatlesy ballad Better Day, to the soulful stomp of Travellers Tune, they’re tracks that have stood the test of time – much like the band themselves.

For OCS, the Marchin’ Already marks the highpoint of a career that saw them rise from Breton shirt-wearing Stone Roses disciples to one of Britpop’s biggest-selling bands (their 1998 arena tour was the biggest by any UK group that year). In their 23 years together, they’ve enjoyed five Top 10 albums, six Top 10 singles, a mantelpiece full of awards, and countless sell-out tours.

One of these, back in 2011, saw the band play their seminal Moseley Shoals album in full. If the reaction to those gigs is anything to go by – rave reviews, full houses, mass sing-alongs – then the Marchin’ Already Tour promises to be the next stride forward in the band’s remarkable career.

What’s the story? Ocean Colour Scene are about to remind everyone – Noel included – just how good they are.

Marchin’ Already tour dates:
Sat 30 Nov                Cardiff University Great Hall
Sun 1 Dec                 O2 Academy Oxford
Mon 2 Dec                 O2 Academy Bournemouth
Thurs 12 Dec            O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Fri 13 Dec                  O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sat 14 Dec                O2 Academy Birmingham
Mon 16 Dec              O2 Academy Bristol
Tues 17 Dec             O2 Academy Leeds
Thurs 19 Dec            O2 Academy Liverpool
Fri 20 Dec                  The Ritz, Manchester
Sat 21 Dec                O2 Academy Newcastle

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