28 March, 2024

Cool Brit pop mania of 90s

REVIVING the Brit pop mania of the 90s, Brisbane band Cool Britannia is making the way up north for the first time for two free live shows at The Reef Hotel Casino on April 12 and 13.

By Isabella Guzman Gonzalez

Brisbane five-piece band Cool Britannia is coming to Cairns for the first time at BAR36 in The Reef Hotel Casino.
Brisbane five-piece band Cool Britannia is coming to Cairns for the first time at BAR36 in The Reef Hotel Casino.

Bringing back all the bangers by Blur, Oasis, The Verve, Stone Roses, Pulp and many more iconic brit pop bands, Cool Britannia will surely get you into that 90s feel with two live shows at BAR36 on April 12 and 13 from 9pm with DJB filling the breaks to keep the 90s vibe going all night.

This will be the first time the five-piece touring band plays a gig in Cairns, and Cool Britannia singer and guitarist Mick Hughes said they were excited to bring these classic tunes up north.

“This is our first trip to Cairns, we’ve been all over Australia last year, but we’re kicking off this year’s tour in Cairns and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s always nice to engage with a new audience,” he said.

“We’re bringing two one-hour sets of everything Brit pop, indie and rock with covers specific to the 90s scene, we play Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Stone Roses, The Wonder Splash, Supergrass, Pulp and loads more.

“One of the great things is that because this was such a significant era in music when bands like Oasis and Stereophonics were the biggest of that time, you can literally have a two-hour set of absolute bangers and number one hits.”

Mr Hughes said that Cool Britannia’s 90s Brit pop show would transport audiences to a different era.

“We’ve been described by others as more than a gig, we’re capturing a moment in time,” he said. "So my absolute favourite moment of doing these shows is the crowd’s reaction, when they are all singing along in unison and it just brings them back to that time, they just know every word and from the stage looking out is a lovely feeling.”

Mr Hughes invited everyone to attend the free gig and revisit great hits like Wonderwall, Girls & Boys, Bittersweet Symphony and more.

“It’s going to be great fun and it’s also a free show, come along and enjoy some beers with what you’d have spent on tickets,” he said.

“We’re all very seasoned musicians who have come together for the love of this music, so you’ll have a great night taking a trip down memory lane.”

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