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Britpoppers The Bluetones have announced they are splitting up – after one last full UK tour in September. The tour will see them heading West to Yeovil, Bristol and Cardiff and will give fans one last chance to catch them live. It marks the end of an era for Mark Morriss and the boys whose debut album ‘Expecting to Fly’ released on 12th February 1996 knocked Oasis’ ‘(What’s The Story ) Morning Glory?’ off the Number 1 spot in the UK album charts and delivered 3 Top 20 singles, including ‘Bluetonic’, ‘Slight Return’ and ‘Cut Some Rug’.
“After 17 years and 6 albums, The Bluetones have decided that the time has arrived to call it a day and move on to other challenges,” says Morriss. “Before disappearing forever though, we will be heading out for one last tour, as a chance to say farewell and thank you to all the fans that have sustained us over these years, with a career spanning Greatest Hits/Best Of… style set of songs. It’s gonna be emotional.” The Bluetones play Yeovil Orange Box on September 3, Cardiff Millennium Music Hall on September 5 and Bristol 02 Academy on September 21. Tickets go on sale Friday 1st April at 9am and available from www.artistticket.com

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