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Reunion tour by Brit Pop heroes
They concluded their 'Farewell Tour' with a show in Osaka, Japan, in 2011 but The Bluetones have now reformed for a UK tour that visits Birmingham O2 Academy on September 26.

Joining them as support are the highly rated The Standard Lamps who performed with The Who at their recent Hyde Park spectacular.

The Bluetones, O2 Academy Birmingham
Reunited: The Bluetones

This year, The Bluetones singer Mark Morriss, guitarist Adam Devlin, bassist Scott Morriss and drummer Eds Chesters are marking the 20th anniversary of the release of their singles Slight Return, Are You Blue or Are You Blind? and Bluetonic.

They were a huge part of the Brit Pop era, scoring 13 Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums in the UK charts. They toured relentlessly, playing more than 10,000 shows in over 73 countries.

The reunion shows promise to be nights of nostalgia with hits like Marblehead Johnson, Solomon Bites The Worm, If and Keep the Fires Burning likely to get an airing.

The Bluetones, Mark Morriss, O2 Academy Birmingham
Singer: Mark Morriss of The Bluetones

Mark Morriss says he is looking forward to touring with The Standard Lamps.

"They are pretty much the grooviest power trio in the land right now,'' he enthuses.''Touring with them has the added pleasure of being able to watch them do their 'thang' every single night!"

The Standard Lamps' singer Mike Wilton is equally complimentary of the headline act.

"To play with The Bluetones is going to be a great experience. We've all grown up with their music so to support them is a bit of a childhood dream. We can't wait to get cracking."

The Standard Lights, The Bluetones, O2 Academy Birmingham
Shining brightly: The Standard Lamps

As well as performing with The Who, the Lamps threesome have supported Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey and The Blockheads.

Aside from live work, The Standard Lamps have been hard at work in the studio, creating the Mono EP which is on sale now. Fan favourite, The Model World, features on the EP and is being released as a lead track on October 23.

The band is currently recording an album, due for release early next year.

The Bluetones/ The Standard Lamps 2015 UK tour dates:

Sept 16: O2 Academy, Leeds;
Sept 17: O2 ABC, Glasgow;
Sept 18: O2 Academy, Newcastle;
Sept 19: The Ritz, Manchester;
Sept 23: Pyramids, Portsmouth;
Sept 24: The Forum, London;
Sept 26: O2 Academy, Birmingham;
Sept 27: O2 Academy, Bristol.
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Why? Anniversary tour by The Bluetones, supported by highly rated The Standard Lamps
When: September 26, 2015
Phone: 0121 622 8250
Where: O2 Academy, Birmingham
Cost: 23.62
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