The Bluetones will play their final gig tonight, bringing to an end a career which began in 1993 with their formation in London; the location of tonight’s last show.
The band announced the split back in March, releasing a statement which told fans: “We’re afraid the time has come and we must say farewell. After 17 years of touring and 6 studio albums, The Bluetones have decided that this autumn’s tour will be our last.”
Now, ahead of their final fling at the Shepherds Bush Empire this evening (September 27th), The Bluetones have taken to Twitter and Facebook to declare: “It’s the last UK gig tomorrow so let’s make it a night to remember. There may be teardrops to shed, but let’s face the music and dance,” and: “It’s getting to that time, the tour is nearly over… the Bluetones are nearly over!”
The group achieved their commercial peak at the height of Britpop, when the 1996 album ‘Expecting To Fly‘, and its second single ‘Slight Return‘, perfectly tapped in to the pop sensibilities of the era.