Formed in the 1990s, Birmingham-based Ocean Colour Scene began as a band heavily influenced by the Madchester scene, with trippy guitars, dance-styled drum, and bass reminiscent of acts such as The Stones Roses and The Happy Mondays.
But it wasn’t until 1996’s Moseley Shoals was released, along with smash hits The Circle and The Day We Caught the Train, which both made the UK Top 10, that the group caught the crest of the Britpop wave alongside such luminaries as Oasis.
Since then, the band’s story has already become the stuff of legend: a rip-roaring rock’n’folk odyssey set to a backdrop of over 20 years of UK pop culture at its very best.
They’ve notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – the aforementioned Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern – and a run of nine successive Top 20 hit singles, including the now iconic The Riverboat Song.
In 2016 they played a sold-out show at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, a triumphant and now legendary night. Now, due to huge demand, they’ll return in December this year to play a Christmas show with very special guests Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.