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Supergrass to play first Oxford hometown show in 12 years


Supergrass have announced their first hometown show in 12 years.

The Oxford band, which split in 2010 but reformed for a 2020 comeback tour, will perform at the O2 Academy2 Oxford on December 18.

During the Britpop era, Supergrass had a string of hit singles, including Alright, Going Out, Sun Hits The Sky, Pumping On Your Stereo, and Moving.

According to bassist Mick Quinn, the gig in Oxford could be their last as a band.

“You can never say never,” he said, “but it’s definitely on the cards in some way.” As far as I can tell, [there will be another] unless something extraordinary happens.

“Every reunion has a shelf life. You can play hit after hit and keep going for that, but eventually people want more, and we’ve been pretty firm about not recording new material.”

The band’s reunion dates were all scheduled to take place in 2020, between solo albums and side projects, “but the pandemic smashed all those plans badly,” he explained.

Mick Quinn says its unlikely Supergrass will play Oxford again

The tour is now scheduled to end at the end of the summer of 2022.

The Oxford date was arranged as a “small low key gig” to warm up for upcoming shows in Glasgow and Brixton.

The secondary venue, upstairs at the O2 Academy Oxford, has a capacity of 436 people.

The venue is the former Coop Hall, where Supergrass performed their first show.

“That upstairs room has a fantastic sound,” Quinn said.

“There’s a lot less pressure on us as a band to play a show like that… so anyone who makes that gig will have a very memorable experience.”

The band released six studio albums between 1995 and 2008, including Britpop classic I Should Coco

Supergrass was founded in 1993 by Gaz Coombes, Mick Quinn, and Danny Goffey, with Rob Coombes later joining as a permanent member.

Between 1995 and 2008, they released six studio albums, including I Should Coco and In It For The Money.

Since the split all the members have pursued solo careers, including front man Gaz Coombes, whose 2015 album Matador was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

Tickets for the Oxford show go on sale at 10:00 GMT on Friday.

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