CONCERT REVIEW : Ocean Colour Scene – o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023

Glasgow was humming with excitement as Ocean Colour Scene prepared to hit the stage for the first of two spectacular nights at the o2 Academy. This renowned band has been exciting Glasgow fans for almost three decades, performing at a variety of venues. Despite the rainy Glasgow evening, dedicated fans waited outside the o2 Academy, keen to get great position inside to fully immerse themselves in Ocean Colour Scene’s event.

Burr Island, a Devon duet, opened the event in Glasgow, showcasing their enormous potential as a five-piece band. Their presentation was nothing short of wonderful, with a mix of exquisite tunes highlighted by their excellent harmonies. Burr Island’s extraordinary vocal powers charmed the audience with their distinct blend of indie and folk music. It was clear that their CD, produced by Ocean Colour Scene’s famed Steve Cradock, had sharpened their musical prowess and perfected their style. Burr Island is a band worth watching because of their passionate vocals and exquisite harmonies.

  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Burr Island  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023

The audience’s reaction to Burr Island’s performance was nothing short of fantastic, with the band receiving a standing ovation from the Glasgow throng. Their brief but strong set of songs left an indelible effect on everyone in attendance, cementing their position as a rising force in the music industry. Their folk-infused tunes and indie sensibilities proved to be an enticing combination, capturing the audience from beginning to end. Burr Island’s easy harmonies and superb vocal abilities absolutely distinguish them, leaving no doubt that they are a band destined for success.

The stage was set for an amazing performance by Ocean Colour Scene as the lights darkened at Glasgow’s O2 Academy. In a touching departure from their customary set, the intro music was a rendition of “A Fairy Tale in New York,” a sincere tribute to The Pogues’ late Shane McGowan. Oscar Harrison, Raymond Meade, and Steve Cradock took the stage, thrilling the eager audience. Over the echoes of clapping and chants, Cradock took the microphone and said in a deep voice that this show will be dedicated to Shane McGowan and Terry Hall. Cheers from the Glasgow audience rippled around the auditorium as he ended his sentence, a powerful testimonial to the admiration for those being honoured.

Simon Fowler then took the stage, holding an acoustic guitar, ready to begin the event. The opening notes of their famed Moseley Shoals album’s ‘One for the Road’ boomed across the auditorium, sending waves of pure enthusiasm through the throng. The band’s faithful fan base was delighted as Ocean Colour Scene performed hits from their ‘One From The Modern’ album, including ‘Families’ and ‘July’. Ocean Colour Scene’s captivating melodies and familiar lyrics enthralled the audience, demonstrating once again their imposing presence on stage and ability to create memorable moments for their fans.

  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023
  • Ocean Colour Scene  - o2 Academy Glasgow 18th December 2023

The band was at their best as they delighted the excited audience with amazing performances, The Circle’s opener was met with loud, enthusiastic singing from the audience, demonstrating the band’s popularity and widespread fandom in Glasgow. Simon and Steve smiled as they observed the crowd’s enthusiasm. The band then played a set of their oldies, including The Downstream, Better Day, and the superb Debris Road, with each song energising the audience. Go To Sea’s tour premiere was met with raucous applause. The band continued their energetic performance with Half a Dream Away and It’s My Shadow, leaving their fans in the O2 Academy OCS Chorus ecstatic and hungry for more. Such was the overwhelming effect of the concert, brilliantly emphasising Glasgow’s outstanding vocals and encapsulating the band’s charisma.

Simon and company finished the set in dramatic manner, delivering the compelling “Get Blown Away,” followed by the mesmerising “The Riverboat Song.” The grand conclusion, “Hundred Mile High City,” was a stunning mix of genuine emotions and immersive instrumentals. During this spectacular concert, the band primarily performed songs from their popular albums, “Marchin Already” and “Moseley Shoals.” The electrified Glasgow crowd’s thundering cheers rang throughout the room as Simon and his band left the stage, clamouring for an encore from the captivating band.

Simon returned to the stage to a standing ovation. His performance of “Robin Hood” enthralled the audience. Following that was “Profit and Peace,” a classic song that elicited an ecstatically loud response from the Glasgow audience, with each fan singing along to every line. The night continued with a musical tribute to three decades of Ocean Colour Scene music, concluding in a performance of the Moseley Shoals classic “The Day We Caught the Train.” The audience, moved by emotion and memories, sang the lyrics one last time that evening. As the band bid their farewell, excitement lingered for the coming night—this was just the first of two sold-out shows in Glasgow. The evening was memorable, from the band’s entrance and their tributes to the late Shane McGowan and Terry Hall to the exceptional set. Every performance artfully encapsulated the band’s album tracks and was a testament to their ability to capture the audience’s hearts. The evening was a showcase of music at its finest.

Review & Photographs by James Edmond 

 

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