REVIEW gig The Coral Oxford O2 Academy

The Coral Live In Oxford

After a five-year hiatus The Coral have returned and are back with a bang with a new album and a European Tour which will see them be supported by the fantastic Blossoms.

Their new album 'Distance Inbetween' has been met by praise from well-respected artists such as John McClure from Reverend & The Makers and Liam Fray from The Courteeners.

Tonight’s venue is the Oxford O2 Academy, a small room which would really capture their incredible-psychedelic sound.

An honourable mention goes to Cut Glass Kings, who were the first support act for the band. They sounded excellent despite not having a soundcheck before their performance. If you haven’t heard their new track ‘Only a Daydream’ I suggest you go and check it out.

The Coral came out to a great reception and went straight into the set with five tunes from their new album 'Distance Inbetween'. They kicked it off with "Miss Fortune" which gave the lucky crowd an early sight of the incredible light show that is shown on the big screen behind the band. Despite being a big fan of the new album by personal favourite track came after those five tunes, my favourite being "Simon Diamond", a Coral classic.

During the recording of their new album, Paul Molloy from The Zutons joined the band and adds great stage presence as well as some fantastic guitar riffs.

Before the encore the band sang three of their most popular tunes off of previous albums, "In the Morning", "Pass it On" and "Clocks and Calendars" which of course after performing those three the crowd would chant ‘we want more’ even more passionately.

As the band come back out for the encore, Skelly and co go into "Goodbye" the track that has the famous 10-1 countdown before going into their groovy guitar tune. They followed that up with their most popular track "Dreaming of You", one of the best tracks of the early 2000’s.

Having been around for over ten years now The Coral really do have a top quality list of tunes and will be one of the bands you cannot afford to miss over the festival season.

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