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CAST and The Twang are set to hit Glasgow as part of their co-headline tour which kicks off today in London at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The Twang follow their return to form after a spectacular home-town Christmas show at O2 Academy Birmingham last December with a UK tour that celebrates the release of their third studio album, 10:20, in October last year.

Their debut record, Love It When I Feel This, clocked in excess of 200,000 sales, and featured hits Either Way and Wide Awake, and second album Jewellery Quarter, from 2009, delivered fan favourite, Barney Rubble.

“Nights like this just don’t come along that often”, said Phil Etheridge. “Being able to watch Cast every night for a few weeks would do me, let alone grace the same stage.”

The band spent most of last year in their studio in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, with the creative hub of Phil Etheridge and Jon Watkin joined by new drummer, Ash Sheehan.

Jon added: “We can’t wait for the tour to start — the fans are in for a great night. It’s a privilege to tour with a band as good as Cast.”

Fellow headliners Cast are well and truly back following last year’s sell-out hometown show at O2 Academy Liverpool, and the release of the band’s first album in over a decade.

The original line-up played shows to celebrate the 15th anniversary reissue of their now-classic debut All Change, followed by the release of Troubled Times in March 2012, the band’s first album in over a decade.

Worked up with original producer John Leckie, Troubled Times is an album of consciousness-rousing, acutely melodic and rhythmic rock’n’roll.

John Power’s presence among luminaries such as Ian Brown, John Squire and Mick Jones on the Hillsborough Justice Tour was a welcome reminder of where the man belongs, and of Cast, the band Power formed in 1993 that played its part in the seismic Britpop boom of the mid-90s.

“When you have two headlining acts there’s bound to be that little bit more bravado to each performance. If the band on first whichever night plays a blinding set, then the bar has already been raised, and you better be ready to match it,” said 

Tickets for next Thursday’s (May 16) show, at the 02 A BC, are available via Ticketweb.