Ah the 90s. That sweet heady scent of Britpop, mosh pits and elbow shoving to be first in line at the actual box office queue for the hottest tickets in town.
Whether you were ‘mad for it’ or more into your posh ‘Parklife’ totty, everyone had a favourite band and it was your lifetime mission to follow them to every gig, in every town.
Paper tickets littered every uni noticeboard, notepad and halls door and if you were really in with the crowd, you’d be on a guestlist and first at the stage door.
Tour t-shirts hovered around the £8 mark and if you paid a tenner it would be worn with pride to every social outing and future gig…but never of course to the actual named band because just no, be cool, be cool.
Fast-forward a still-in-shock-that-we-are-that-old number of years and all those favourite Britpop bands that you loved and cherished – they’re still here! And most of them are celebrating 25 years and hitting the road.
The best news of all is Middlesbrough is on the map! Dig deep in your wardrobes and pull out those soft as band tees – at the Town Hall this Autumn you can see Bez, Shed Seven, Andy Bennett (of Ocean Colour Scene fame) and Space.
Happy Mondays’ legend, Bez will be in conversation at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
Britpop icons, legends and all-round sound lads – it’s time to save up those pennies and decide which ones you’re booking in this payday.
Bez, Andy Bennett and Space are on sale now and the Sheds go live at 9.30am on Friday 21 July. No more waiting either, get the coffee on and have your screens lined up ready to hit that magic ‘Get Tickets’ button.
We’ve saved you some time and linked you up below.
Going for Gold – Britpop band, Shed Seven will be performing classic tracks.
And not forgetting a quick shout-out for The Southmartins with support from The Manchester Anthems on Saturday 23 December. Taking you right back to the heart of that beloved 90s indie era, it’s a festive treat that just might be right up your street!
Gather your mates and line-up those calendars, we’ll see you down at the front.
We are words: Claire Jennings