Ride played the first gig as a full band in 20 years tonight (5th April) at the O2 Academy (formerly The Zodiac) to an ecstatic crowd in Oxford.
They sold tickets via their mailing list just a few days ago and tonight just over 400 fans who have travelled from as far as America packed the venue.
The triumphant set spanned across their whole career with the exception of Carnival of Light. If I’m not mistaken it was the first time Cool Your Boots and Black Nite Crash have been played live. In attendance were Jon Leckie, Sam Williams and Gem Archer.
You can watch a video of opening track Polar Bear below.
The full set list consisted of:
Cool your boots
Black nite crash
Dreams burn down
Time of her time
Leave them all behind
Like a daydream
A Spotify playlist of the set (including intro track by This Mortal Coil) is below:
The band now fly off to the states tomorrow where they follow up tonight’s gig with the following dates:
- Fri Jun 30 2023Lionel Richie, George Ezra, Lewis Capaldi, Ride
Chepstow Racecourse, Chepstow, UK
- Thu Aug 24 2023Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Vivary Park, Taunton, UK
- Sat Sep 02 – 03 2023Bumbershoot 50th Anniversary Arts and Music Festival 2023
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA, US
- Fri Sep 15 – 17 2023Riot Fest 2023
Douglass Park, Chicago, IL, US
In other Ride related news, the 6th April marks 25 years since their breakthrough sell-out gig at London’s ULU. The same weekend the band had their first top 40 hit with the Play EP. You can see a clip of them at the ULU gig below.