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Supergrass reunite for Glastonbury’s Pilton Party

By | Published on Monday 9 September 2019


Supergrass have reformed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their ‘I Should Coco’ album. The band played their first show in more than a decade at Glastonbury Festival’s annual Pilton Party event on Friday.

The band had been rumoured to be playing the show – organised each year as a thank you to festival workers and people living nearby the event – since July. Confirming it to be true shortly before taking to the stage on Friday, the band also announced plans to tour and to release a retrospective boxset next year.

The band split in 2009 amid recording sessions for their never-released ‘Release The Drones’ album.

Saying that getting back together now “was something we all instinctively agreed would be a cool thing to do”, frontman Gaz Coombes tells the NME: “I think there was an irreverence and a joy to our band, and a lack of earnest pretence. We didn’t take things too seriously and that would come across in a lot of different ways. But we had the tunes to back it up too”.

“I don’t know what’s different these days”, he adds of the music industry ten years on from their split. “I find the music industry quite exciting at the moment because it’s so new and embryonic in so many ways. It’s quite mad. Where the fuck is it going to go?”

“I’m quite interested to be on that journey and see where it goes”, he then admits. “I’m fascinated to see where Supergrass fits in with all that next year. We’re going to have a laugh and bring that Supergrass energy and joy into a slightly disturbed world”.

The next dose of that will come tonight when Supergrass play Oslo in Hackney. Although that show is very much sold out already. Sorry. You’ll have to wait until next year for the anniversary tour proper to see them again.

Boxset ‘The Strange Ones 1994-2008’ is out on 24 Jan. Here’s a previously unreleased track from it, ‘Next To You’. Now, here are the UK and Ireland tour dates they’ve booked in:

14 Feb: Dublin, Olympia Theatre
17 Feb: Belfast, Ulster Hall
20 Feb: Glasgow, Barrlowland Ballroom
24 Feb: Newcastle, Academy
26 Feb: Manchester, Victoria Warehouse
29 Feb: Leeds, Academy
3 Mar: Birmingham, Academy
6 Mar: London, Alexandra Palace