New Music Friday
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Let the countdown to Star Shaped Festival begin. The organisers of the one-day event featuring the best of Britpop music have announced it’s coming back to London this year – bigger and better than ever.
Headlining Star Shaped Festival are none other than Ocean Colour Scene, one of the legends of the Britpop era. The band hailing from the Birmingham suburb of Moseley have been icons since the release of their Moseley Shoals album in 1996. Its opening track, The Riverboat Song, is still universally beloved for its hard-edged guitar and classic riff – and has been adopted as the walk-on music for every guest on Chris Evans’ TFI Friday show. With five top ten albums including six top ten singles to their name, OCS are a band you won’t want to miss.
Plus Star Shaped Festival will be packed with even more big names from the indie-Britpop scene. Echobelly, fronted by Britpop figurehead Sonya Madden, will be there to play material from their critically acclaimed latest album, Anarchy and Alchemy. Indie dance legends Black Grape are bringing along their unique brand of musical hedonism. And The Supernaturals, The Real People and My Drug Hell have all been announced to play this year’s festival too.
Along with an incredible line-up, Star Shaped resident DJs will be bringing the party before, between and after the bands.
The event’s promoters, Rob Smith and Bobby Foster, said: “The mid ’90s. Britpop. It felt like a different time, socially and politically. There was a lot of optimism in the air and great music in the charts. We have always strived to give people a glimpse (or a glimpse back…) into an era we feel was the last great youth movement, and to enjoy that sense of reckless abandon that seemed to accompany it!”
Following two completely sold-out years, Star Shaped Festival is set yet again to be one of the must-go events for Britpop music fans this autumn.
Tickets for Star Shaped Festival at the O2 Academy Brixton on 29 September will be available in our presale opening at 09:00 on Thursday 15 February. Tickets go on general sale at 09:00 on Friday 16 February. Head to Ticketmaster.co.uk.