Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
8:00 AM 14th February 2020

Sleeper And The Bluetones Set To Tour Together

90’s Britpop legends Sleeper and The Bluetones head out on a co-headlining tour in August/September 2020. They will take turns to headline, with an evening filled with classic indie pop smashes.

Both bands will be playing their debut albums in full, Sleeper playing a 25th Anniversary set of Smart, The Bluetones performing the double platinum No. 1 Expecting To Fly, both followed by a greatest hits set from each group. 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.

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’. Their music was characterised by astute, observational lyrics and big, hook driven melodies. Louise Wener was an iconic front-person, heading up a movement that brought women center stage in guitar music. The band got back together again in 2017 and last year released their first album in 21 years

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 and the band went on to tour all over the world. More hits followed including ‘Solomon Bites The Worm’, ‘If’ and ‘Autophilia (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Car)’ and this set will see the band perform Expecting to Fly in full and a greatest hits set. The band, consisting of the original line up of Mark Morriss (vocals), Adam Devlin (guitar), Scott Morriss (bass) and Eds Chesters (drums) have earned a reputation as an engaging and dynamic live outfit.

I have seen both bands before and they both always give a great performance.

Saturday 5 September Leeds, O2 Academy

Friday 18 September Manchester, O2 Ritz