Bluetones and Sleeper Co-Headline Tour Announced
by Victoria Holdsworth
If you wanted to keep the party going towards the end of the summer, then look no further than one of the best co-headlining tours of the year.Star Shaped present 90’s Britpop legends The Bluetones and Sleeper, heading out on a co-headlining tour in August/September 2020.
The bands will take turns to headline for an evening filled with classic indie pop smashes. Both bands will be playing their debut albums in full, with The Bluetones performing the double platinum No. 1 Expecting To Fly, and Sleeper playing a 25th Anniversary set of Smart. Star Shaped will also be hosting after-parties for all the dates, with an exclusive Mark Morriss DJ set each night which is included in the ticket price.
The Bluetones formed in 1993 and released their debut album Expecting To Fly in 1996 which entered the UK album charts at No. 1. The singles ‘Bluetonic’, ‘Slight Return’ and ‘Cut Some Rug’ all crashed into the Top 20, with more hits following, including ‘Solomon Bites The Worm’, ‘If’ and ‘Autophilia’. The band, consisting of the original line up, have earned a reputation as an engaging and dynamic live outfit.
Mark Morris explained why they are doing this tour :“Playing an album in its entirety is a pleasurable way of experiencing the natural cadences of the record as it was intended, unlike a normal set where the light and shade changes every night. These events are always such a celebration, a real joy to play. Nobody takes anything too seriously and the emphasis is always on playful hedonism for a day.”
Sleeper enjoyed huge critical and commercial success in the mid 90’s achieving eight Top 40 singles across three Top 10 albums. ‘Inbetweener’ and ‘Vegas’ were followed by other hits such as, ‘What Do I Do Now’ and ‘Sale Of The Century’.
Louise Wener was an iconic front-person, heading up a movement that brought women centre stage in guitar music. The band got back together again in 2017 and last year released their first album in 21 years, The Modern Age.
Louise Wener said of the tour: “Our comeback gig after 20 years away was organised with the Star Shaped Festival, and we’ve felt connected to those tours ever since. We love the venues and enjoy playing with The Bluetones, so when the idea was put forward it was an easy ‘yes’. We’ve never played an album in full, even in the 90s. Our first response was, I’m not sure we can do it, and then we had all sorts of ideas that made it feel exciting.
The co-headliners will be playing for one night only in Leeds on Saturday 5 September at the O2 Academy. Tickets from £30 (adv)