Ending on a blue note

The Bluetones
The Bluetones

BRITPOP fans may be queuing up for a tearful goodbye at the O2 ABC this week.

Sunday marks the end of an era for indie troupe The Bluetones as they come to Glasgow for the Scottish leg of a farewell tour before splitting up for good.

Formed in the 90s under the slightly less catchy name The Bottlegarden, the Londoners went on to knock Oasis – then a musical powerhouse at the height of the Britpop scene – off number one.

Debut album Expecting to Fly bumped (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? from the top slot in February 1996, and delivered three top 20 singles for the band.

Although never quite reaching the same heights after the decline of Britpop, The Bluetones went on to release six albums and continued touring, drawing fans of the iconic era for fond reminiscing.

But for frontman Mark Morris, it’s memories of a heyday which will make the final gig one to remember.

He has commented that the last tour is “a chance to say farewell and thank you to all the fans that have sustained us over these years, with a career-spanning greatest hits style set of songs – it’s going to be emotional”.

The Bluetones say goodbye at the O2 ABC on Sunday (September 11). Doors open at 7pm and tickets £16 from www.artistticket.com