Tour featuring tributes to Oasis and Inspiral Carpets announces Sunderland date

Gig-goers can relive the glory days of indie with a touring tribute as live music dates start up again in the city.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 9:06 am
Live Forever tour

Taking place at the recently refurbished venue The Point, in Holmeside on Friday, September 10, the Live Forever tour is set to feature the world's number one Oasis tribute, Oasis UK, as well as The Kar-pets, an Inspiral Carpets tribute band actually fronted by the original band's most famous singer, Tom Hingley.

Oasis UK will make a welcome return to the North East on the back of their previously sold-out tour, which saw them wow crowds in London, Dublin and Belfast.

Officially recognised by Liam Gallagher himself as the best Oasis tribute on the planet, their show comes complete with a video wall and projector light show using the official Oasis visuals as used on their last tour.

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The National Anthems

The band were described by BBC Radio 2 as “the next best thing now that Oasis have split” and will be joined on the bill by the official Oasis and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds DJ, Phil Smith, who has a special ear for all things indie having spent years on the road with The Stone Roses.

The Kar-pets, meanwhile, are an Inspiral Carpets tribute band with a difference. The band's lead singer Tom Hingley was actually the lead singer with Inspiral Carpets from 1989-2011.

Tom sang on all the Inspirals chart hits, including This is How it Feels, Saturn Five, Dragging Me Down, I Want You, She Comes in the Fall and all the songs on the group's four major-label albums; Life (1990) The Beast Inside (1991) Revenge of the Goldfish (1992) and Devil Hopping (1994).

Speaking about his return to the North East, Tom Hingley said: “I'm very excited about coming to Sunderland again. The North East is very much a second home for Manchester music, and I have enjoyed many funny, riotous nights on Wearside over the years.

Tom Hingley

"You can expect a high octane performance of Inspirals classics from the Kar-pets. The band features Andrew Stewardson on keys, who was in the Mock Turtles, so it’s a Manchester Supergroup that will be heading to Sunderland in September.”

Completing the bill at The Point is the UK's leading Britpop covers band The National Anthems, who will get the night started with optimum swagger.

The Anthems hail from Newcastle and its lead guitarist, David Welsh, played rhythm guitar for the last band to support Oasis, Detroit Social Club, then signed to Ian Brown's label, Fiction Records.

Event organisers Live Forever added: “After a difficult period for everyone, we can hopefully bring some joy to fans of classic indie.

“It will be amazing to bring live music back to one of the North East's finest venues and one of the most up for it crowds in the UK. The bands have been chosen as they are top of the tribute league and we hope people are as up for the music as we are, and we can return in true style with an event that will Live Forever."

::Live Forever is at The Point on Friday, September, 10, 2021. Tickets will go on sale 7am on Thursday, March 18 priced £11 plus booking fee on Skiddle.

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