"When you find that things are getting wild, don't you want days like these?"
Hugely proud to be asked to shoot this show! One of the most iconic bands of the britpop era touring their most celebrated album in full to support it's twentieth anniversary.
I still remember the first time I heard Moseley Shoals. I was walking to the park to play footie, and I remember asking one of my friends "What's that song that goes 'oh-oh la la, woah-oh la-la?", expecting to get nothing in response from my understandably questionable description. "The Day We Caught The Train?" Dave replied "That's Ocean Colour Scene. I'll lend you the album". That's pretty much where my love for British rock music started.
It was a glorious day to be shooting - Millennium Square was packed, and everyone was in high spirits. I arrived in time to catch Sheffield lads The Sherlocks followed shortly by The Bluetones (whose material I am far more familiar with than I realised!). After two great sets, the bar was set fairly high for the final support act of the evening - York's finest, Shed Seven.
There was a great vibe around the Square as Rick Witter and co took to the stage, and a couple of guest cameos from The Seahorses' Chris Helme and Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson certainly added to the atmosphere. A huge sing along rendition of 'Chasing Rainbows' brought the undercard to a close, and as the sun started to set behind the Town Hall, OCS emerged.
The headliners kicked off with a cover of The Beatles' classic Day Tripper, before heading straight into all 12 tracks of Moseley Shoals, in order. The set was then finished off with their remaining hits from the rest of their catalogue - a real treat for any die-hard OCS fan!
Having got all shots from the stage and pit nailed very early on, I spent most of their set shooting from out in the crowd to get some nice wide angles. Massive thanks to the group of folk near the sound desk who gave me a pint of lager, which was much appreciated! I was slightly less grateful to the drunk pr*** who thought it was funny to pour a pint over my camera, for a laugh. At the very least, I hope he had a stonking hangover on Monday.
As the set came to an end, I headed back up to the stage to catch Hundred Mile High City, before their tour manager sent me out onto the stage to grab a group portrait once the waves had finished. Awesome moment!
Glad I was there to witness such a great show, and delighted I've got the photos to prove it!