Four band reunions worth getting excited about

Forget the lightweights on the ITV show: here are this year’s cooler musical comebacks

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Pixies

Pixies frontman Black Francis famously sacked the band’s rhythm section by fax in 1993, but there were no hard feelings when the Boston alt rock icons stormed back in 2004. A decade later they’re still a potent live force – even without original bassist Kim Deal, who quit last year (her replacement Kim Shattuck was soon fired, reputedly for stagediving). New material has picked up mixed reviews, but their first LP in 23 years is due very soon.

The OMFG! factor
4/10

Together for ever?
Deal or no Kim Deal, the original big indie reunion isn’t slowing down.

Pixies headline Field Day in Victoria Park on Jun 8.

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Outkast

What infuriating teases the Atlanta duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 are. They blew up with 2003’s ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’ – probably the most kaleidoscopic soul album since Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’. But did they tour it? Did they heck. Now fans finally have a chance to see era-defining songs like ‘The Way You Move’ and ‘Hey Ya!’ live as Outkast storm the festival circuit, with over 40 appearances scheduled around the world.

The OMFG! factor 9/10

Together for ever? For ever, for ever ever, for ever ever? If they get through the summer, hell yes.

Outkast play at Wireless festival on Jul 6.

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All Saints

‘All Saints are never getting back together. 
I never want to sing again.’ So said Mel Blatt in 2009. Little did we know that five years later, Shaznay, Nicole, Natalie and Mel herself would be clambering into their respective attics, finding the box labelled ‘cargo pants’ and hitting the road one more time. A recent spell supporting Backstreet Boys was the first step – now they’ve just announced a headline tour with support from fellow reuniters East 17 and Atomic Kitten.

The OMFG! factor 7/10

Together for ever? Never ever in a million years. This one looks like it’s strictly for the cash.

All Saints play The O2 on Nov 19.

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Slowdive

They ruined the surprise a bit by setting up a Twitter account before the big announcement, but we can’t blame Slowdive for being excited. They pioneered the loud, dreamy shoegazing dynamic, along with My Bloody Valentine and Ride, before splitting in ’95. Since then they’ve become hugely influential, and their comeback show in May sold out virtually straight away, prompting a world tour. Not bad for a band often described in their heyday as ‘underachievers’.

The OMFG! factor
9/10

Together for ever? Better put on some comfy shoes: there’ll be plenty of gazing at them yet.

Slowdive play at Village Underground on May 19.



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