Best Britpop bands to see live before the end of 2015
- Claire Flynn
- 9 July 2015
Still living forever: Bluetones, Charlatans, Super Furry Animals and Paul Weller all playing UK dates this year
Blur and Suede made fans go giddy with excitement when they announced headline shows for 2015, and as we've missed their UK gigs, we decided to round-up the best of the Britpop acts you can still catch on tour this year.
Making a ‘Slight Return’ to the stage after a four-year hiatus, these indie rockers will embark on their 20th Anniversary Jukebox Tour this September.
O2 Academy, Leeds – Wed 16 Sep
O2 ABC, Glasgow – Thu 17 Sep
O2 Academy, Newcastle – Fri 18 Sep
The Ritz, Manchester – Sat 19 Sep
Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth – Wed 23 Sep
The Forum, London – Thu 24 Sep
O2 Academy, Birmingham – Sat 26
O2 Academy, Bristol – Sun 27 Sep
These indie rockers have had a fairly traumatic history, but they continue to gig and record, and are performing at several UK festivals this summer.
Truck Festival, Oxford – Fri 17 Jul
Latitude Festival, Suffolk – Sat 18 Jul
Tramlines Festival, Sheffield – Fri 24 Jul
V Festival, Weston Park, Staffordshire – Sat 22 Aug
V Festival Hylands Park, Chelmsford –Sun 23 Aug
After the Happy Mondays broke up, most expected Shaun Ryder to disappear into a life of drugs and debauchery, but he went on to top the charts with new band Black Grape a few years later. They are currently on a comeback tour with just a couple of dates left.
Riverside, Newcastle – Fri 10 Jul
Parr Hall, Warrington – Sun 12 Jul
Many wouldn’t necessarily describe the former lead singer of the Jam as Britpop, but his success during the 90s, and the fact almost every icon of the era has cited him as an inspiration, has ensured that he gets an honorary pass to the genre, whether he likes it or not. Anyway, fans should be pleased to know he will be playing several UK dates from mid-November.
Waterfront Hall Auditorium, Belfast – Mon 16 Nov
Brighton Centre – Fri 20 Nov
BIC, Bournemouth – Sat 21 Nov
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff – Sun 22 Nov
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow – Tue 24 Nov
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle – Wed 25 Nov
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham – Fri 27 Nov
Manchester Arena – Sat 28 Nov
First Direct Arena, Leeds – Sun 29 Nov
Eventim Apollo, London – Fri 4–Sat 5 Dec
Super Furry Animals
These Welsh psychedelic rockers are also difficult to strictly classify as Britpop, but the social commentary in their early albums has been likened to that of Blur and other giants of the genre. The experimental group are returning to the UK at the end of July to squeeze in a few more festivals.
Y Not Festival, Derbyshire – Fri 31 Jul
Forgotten Fields, Tunbridge Wells – Fri 7 Aug
Green Man Festival, Powys – Thu 20 Aug
Victorious Festival, Castle Field, Southsea – Sat 29 Aug
Ocean Colour Scene
The Birmingham boys shot to fame with the release of Moseley Shoals in 1996 and ‘The Day We Caught the Train’ remains one of the most well-known songs of the 90s. Fans can catch the band at Y Festival, or see frontman Simon and drummer Oscar at intimate gigs from September onwards.
Y Not Festival, Derbyshire – Sat 1 Aug
An Evening with Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene
Reload Festival, Norfolk – Sat 12 Sep
William Aston Hall, Wrexham – Fri 16 Oct
The Picturedrome, Holmfirth – Sat 17 Oct
The Playhouse, Whitley Bay – Mon 19 Oct
York Barbican –Tue 20 Oct
The Bath Hall, Scunthorpe – Wed 21 Oct
Warwick Arts Centre – Fri 23 Oct
Guild of Students, Liverpool – Sat 24 Oct
Pavilion Theatre, Worthing – Mon 26 Oct
Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock – Wed 28 Oct
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline – Thu 29 Oct
The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh – Fri 30 Oct
The Alban Arena, St Albans – Sun 1 Nov
Tramshed, Cardiff – Mon 2 Nov
St George’s, Bristol – Tue 3 Nov
Named after a town near Bristol, this band released their debut album Dummy to critical acclaim back in 1994, and the group are playing Latitude Festival this summer.
Latitude Festival, Suffolk – Sat 18 Jul
McAlmont and Butler (Suede)
Okay, so it's not quite Suede, but this talented duo, consisting of former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and three-octave range singer David McAlmont, will be playing gigs across the UK in November.
O2 ABC, Glasgow – Mon 2 Nov
The Ritz, Manchester – Tue 3 Nov
The Institute, Birmingham – Thu 5 Nov
O2 Academy, Bristol - Fri 6 Nov
The Roundhouse, London, Sat 7 Nov
Predicted 2016 Reunion Tours
Jarvis Cocker’s mournful but quirky lyrics helped make this band one of the post popular at the tail-end of the 20th century. Despite not releasing anything together since 2013, we’re betting they can’t resist a reunion for too much longer.
This immensely successful group would probably also feature on a list of the least likely bands to get back together, but we figure when one or both of the Gallagher brothers starts to run out of money, they will start playing some outrageously expensive (and likely volatile) gigs across the UK.
Famed for their album of the same name, the chances of this alt band getting back together are slim, considering lead singer and so-called Queen of Britpop Justine Frischmann is apparently living as an abstract artist in California. We can dream though …