TOUR NEWS : Ocean Colour Scene announce UK tour dates

Indie-rock legends Ocean Colour Scene have announced a thirteen-date UK tour for 2023.

Ocean Colour Scene frontman Simon Fowler, guitarist Steve Cradock and drummer Oscar Harrison will perform their biggest hits and anthems, including The Riverboat Song, The Circle, Traveller’s Tune, Hundred Mile High City and The Day We Caught The Train across the two-leg tour that begins on 18th August and ends on 18th December. The tour also includes a date at London’s Eventim Apollo on 16th December.

Tickets go on general sale at 9.00am on Friday 24th March, available from

Formed in Birmingham in 1989, OCS spent six years fine-tuning their sound before lighting up the Britpop party with three Top 5 albums; 1996’s ‘Moseley Shoals’, 1997’s ‘Marchin’ Already’ and 1999’s ‘One From The Modern’. The band has also achieved seventeen Top 40 singles, including a staggering run of nine successive Top 20 singles and a mantelpiece full of awards.

As with all the best groups, behind the swagger and style were great songs, with words and melodies that found their way into the public’s hearts.

Honing their craft in the spirit of the soul, folk and blues greats who inspired them, Ocean Colour Scene’s celebrated live shows have cemented the relationship between the band and their fiercely loyal fanbase, with each concert serving as a communal outpouring of hope and joy, boasting the most life-affirming singalongs you’re likely to hear anywhere.

Speaking about the upcoming shows, Simon Fowler said, “After starting with a short run of dates in the summer, it’s going to be great ending the year on the road with Ocean Colour Scene, playing all the hits and more for some proper pre-Christmas partying with our fans who are the best in the land.”

Guitarist Steve Cradock said, “This feels like the first proper tour Ocean Colour Scene have done in years. Last year we managed six dates because of the World Cup, and the year before Covid was still scaring people, so we are going to make it something special. Roll up, roll up for the magical OCS Tour!”

Drummer Oscar Harrison said, “Looking forward to seeing everyone on tour – and we’re very happy that the final night will take place in Glasgow, a city with whom Ocean Colour Scene has always had a very special relationship.”

The full list of Ocean Colour Scene tour dates are as follows:

18th Aug          Margate                       Dreamland
20th Aug          Bexhill-on-Sea            De La Warr Pavilion
24th Aug          Halifax                                    Victoria Theatre
3rd Dec             Bournemouth             O2 Academy
4th Dec             Bristol                         Beacon
7th Dec             Belfast                         The Telegraph Building
8th Dec             Dublin                         3Olympia Theatre
11th Dec           Liverpool                    University Mountford Hall
12th Dec           Sheffield                     O2 Academy
14th Dec           Norwich                      UEA
15th Dec           Wolverhampton          The Halls
16th Dec           London                        Eventim Apollo
18th Dec           Glasgow                      O2 Academy

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