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Ocean Colour Scene Custom House Square, Belfast Tonight, 6pm

Noel Gallagher once described Ocean Colour Scene as “the second best band in Britain”.

Following the demise of Oasis, the Brummie folk-mod-rock combo have been doing their best to capitalise on their elevated position as the best in the business.

Their Nineties Britpop heyday of finding chart success with singles including The Riverboat Song, The Circle and Better Day may be over, but OCS have a longevity fuelled by the support of their dedicated fanbase.

Subsequent career highs have included playing with thrash metal bands in Korea and 2015’s acoustic tour in which OCS celebrated 25 years in the music business.

Their headline set at tonight’s CHSq show features a full performance of their 1996 classic album Moseley Shoals. The Coral, Caral Barat (of Libertines fame) and The Jackals support.

Visit ticketmaster.ie for details.

Jack Lukeman

Black Box, Belfast,

Tomorrow, 8pm

Lukeman’s previous 2013 appearance in Belfast came shortly after his sell-out Irish tour of The 27 Club in which the Co Kildare singer/songwriter paid tribute to prematurely deceased greats such as Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison, who all died aged 27.

He’s back to support new album Magic Days, which sees him return to his roots, delivering self-penned numbers and introducing some new characters including The King of Soho.

Visit blackboxbelfast.com for tickets.

Dick Valentine

Atlantic Bar, Portrush

Thursday, 10pm

Dick Valentine, aka Tyler Spencer, is no stranger to Northern Ireland, having visited many times with his Electric Six bandmates, as well as performing some solo shows.

This solo affair is part of his current acoustic tour promoting third album Here Come the Bags.

Valentine co-founded Electric Six in Detroit almost 20 years ago and the band has since enjoyed chart success with singles Gay Bar and Danger! High Voltage.

Expect to hear both his own material alongside the odd Electric Six unplugged number. Admission is free.

Visit atlanticbarportrush.com for more details.

Patric Baird

Belfast Telegraph

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