Star Shaped Festival comes to O2 Academy Brixton this year for its biggest event yet, and 2018’s line-up boasts some of the most iconic bands to come from the Britpop scene. After two sell-out years previously, there’s no doubt that this one will follow suit. Are you ready? Here’s who’ll be making history at Star Shaped Festival 2018.
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE
Hailed as, “The second best band in Britain” by Noel Gallagher, Ocean Colour Scene became one of the defining bands of the nineties. Across the course of their career, they’ve racked up five Top 10 albums, with Moseley Shoals going multi-platinum and spending a whopping 92 weeks in the charts. A staple at festivals all over the world, they were the ultimate soundtrack for making memories in the field.
Indie-dance legends, Black Grape, led by the incomparable Shaun Ryder, made waves with their debut album It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah back in 1995. Since then the album has been certified platinum and Shaun became the face of nineties indie, thanks to his work with Black Grape and Happy Mondays. Bringing their own style of music hedonism to Star Shaped 2018, their performance is going to be one of high-class calibre.
Echobelly vocalist and songwriter Sonya Madan was one of the figureheads of the Britpop movement and spearheaded Echobelly to two Top 10 albums and five Top 40 singles. In 2017 they released their first album in 11 years, with Anarchy And Alchemy being welcomed with critical acclaim. Reinvigorated after a long hiatus and after a handful of headline performances last year, Echobelly are set to impress at Start Shaped Festival.
Returning from hibernation for Star Shaped Festival are Glaswegian guitar band, The Supernaturals. Initially signed by the man who discovered Blur, the band went on to release a handful of Top 40 hits and were nominated for the prestigious Ivor Novello Award in 1998 for their song, ‘Smile’. Having last released a full-length album in 2015, their performance is going to be a welcomed return to music for the band, so don’t miss out on their set.
THE REAL PEOPLE
Former tour friends with Ocean Colour Scene, The Real People have also shared the stage with David Bowie, The Pixies and many more in the past, and now they’re bringing their thrilling live show to O2 Academy Brixton. Named by Liam Gallagher as one of his favourite bands and an inspiration for Oasis’ sound, The Real People were true groundbreakers in developing the Britpop scene of the nineties and we can’t wait to see the idol’s in action.
MY DRUG HELL
Star Shaped are never ones to forget about great bands that contributed to this special era of music, and My Drug Hell are a band that massively deserve a slot on the line-up. Formed in 1995, their debut single, ‘Girl At The Bus Stop’ saw the band gain attention with NME, Radio 1 and XFM and the album that followed was met with rave reviews. This’ll be an amazing opportunity to experience a uniquely special band in their element and remember everything we loved about the Britpop era.
Star Shaped Festival 2018 takes place at O2 Academy Brixton on Saturday 29 September - Buy Tickets
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