Wading-in for OCS gig

Ocean Colour Scene'please credit Joe Dilworth
Ocean Colour Scene'please credit Joe Dilworth

MORE THAN 700 tickets have been sold for Ocean Colour Scene’s gig at the Spa Grand Hall next Tuesday.

The standing-only show is on course for selling out; the capacity for the venue is 1,000.

OCS are touring the country on their Moseley Shoals tour, playing every track from their 1996 album of the same name, including songs that haven’t been played live before.

Last year, the band released a box set to celebrate 21 years together.

Since forming, OCS have notched up nine albums, three of which reached the top five (Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From the Modern) and nine top-20 hit singles commencing with The Riverboat Song in 1996.

In the same year, OCS supported Oasis at their Knebworth shows, and in 1997 Marchin’ Already knocked Oasis’s What’s the Story off the top spot.

In 1998, the band undertook the biggest arena tour of any UK band to date, says a spokesman.

Last year, OCS played a handful of 21st anniversary gigs, finishing off with a sell-out show at the Albert Hall.

The support act on the current tour is Manchester quartet Rainband, hailed by Liam Gallagher as being “on the cusp of something major”.

Inspired by Joy Division and Doves, they have supported James, Simple Minds and the Charlatans this year.

They have gained an impressive collection of plaudits from musical heavyweights including Elbow, Johnny Marr and New Order’s Peter Hook.

Lead singer Martin Finnigan says the band are trying to “wrestle music back from the soulless and the fakes”.