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19 fab photos of Ocean Colour Scene homecoming show in Kings Heath, Birmingham

Huge crowds turn out to see Ocean Colour Scene at the New Irish Centre on Wheelers Lane in a dazzling show ahead the two day Pairc Festival which is running today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday, August 27 & 28 - photos by Sam Wood

They were back where it all started - in Kings Heath, just up the road from the old Highbury Studios on York Road where they prepared the breakthrough of their world famous album Moseley Shoals.

It’s six years since the 20th anniversary of the album was celebrated with a legendary concert at Moseley Park as part of the Moseley Folk Festival.

And Ocean Colour Scene’s return to south Birmingham was equally as splendid with an amazing show delighting fans who had travelled far and wide to the venue, which is hosting Pairc Festival, a two day Irish music and culture festival today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday, August 27 & 28).

The hits The Day We Caught The Train, The Riverboat Song and It’s a Beautiful Thing rang out across the huge Festival site with support acts Kilglass, The Clause and Marquis Drive making it a night to remember.

Soul and retro club The Night Owl resident DJs Mazzy Snape and Shaun Walsh also kep the show going DJing in between the bands. The festival site featured a selection of bars and street food vendors, not dissimilar to the Solihull Festival site, if you’ve been there.

The same people are behind the organisation of the two events. With the Irish Festival underway for the rest of the weekend with local and international artists including Imelda May and Nathan Carter - you may not be surprised to hear that there are also a couple of Guinness food and drink vendors to tie into that!

It was fantastic to see local heroes Ocean Colour Scene receive such a massive warm welcome back in their home city backed by some brilliant up-and-coming local talent.

Here are our favourite photos from the show

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