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Britpop legends The Bluetones say farewell to fans with a final tour

by Emily Bielby Rating: Release Date:

The Britpop legends, who were extremely influential in the Britpop movement, have, after 17 years and 6 albums, decided to call it a day.

The Bluetones achieved 13 top 40 singles, and their debut Expecting to Fly released on 12February 1996 even managed to knock Oasis (What's The Story) Morning Glory? off the number one spot in the UK album charts and delivered three top 20 singles including 'Cut Some Rug', 'Bluetonic' and 'Slight Return'.

Formed in Hounslow, Greater London, the guys will be heading out for one last tour, as a chance to say farewell and thanks to all the fans that have sustained them over the years. These final shows will mark the end of an era for the band, who have been going strong since they formed in the early 90s and will be a reminder of just how important they are within the UK indie scene.

Tour Dates: September 2011

*Academy Event Presents

Saturday 3rd Yeovil, Orange Box

Monday 5th Cardiff, Millenium Music Hall

Tuesday 6 Reading, Sub89

Wednesday 7 Brighton, Concorde 2

Thursday 8 Southampton, The Brook

Saturday 10 Manchester, Club Academy

Sunday 11 Glasgow, O2 ABC*

Monday 12 Newcastle, O2 Academy*

Tuesday 13 Sheffield, O2 Academy*

Thursday 15 Liverpool, O2 Academy*

Friday 16 London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire*

Saturday 17 Leeds, Cockpit

Sunday 18 Bournemouth, O2 Academy*

Tuesday 20 Oxford, O2 Academy2*

Wednesday 21 Bristol, O2 Academy*

Thursday 22 Birmingham, O2 Academy2*

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I'd be reluctant to use the word 'legend' for any artists from the Britpop period - there were a few great songs, and with the Bluetones I'd argue 'Number 11 (aka Bluetonic)' and 'Are You Blue or Are You Blind' were both very good, but it was an...

I'd be reluctant to use the word 'legend' for any artists from the Britpop period - there were a few great songs, and with the Bluetones I'd argue 'Number 11 (aka Bluetonic)' and 'Are You Blue or Are You Blind' were both very good, but it was an insufferable movement, full of faux coolness, when the vast majority of artists that were associated with it either by accident or design were just dull and boring. I'd doubt that many would be seen as inspirational or influential to many bands that followed bar those that had little imagination themselves or blantantly copied their style

I saw the Bluetones in Liverpool in the late 90s and was not impressed, thought their time had come and gone by this point, but it's always sad to see a band call it a day

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Unless that band is Muse, in which case it will be cause for Royal Wedding style street parties.

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