Review by David Stone with Photography by Jessica Stone

Twelve years on from it’s original release, The Feeling brought a live version of their debut album to hundreds of fans at Oxford’s O2 Academy on Thursday.

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Returning from a two year break, the power-pop five piece played Twelve Stops and Home in full as part of a 13-date UK celebration tour.

For an album that received mixed reviews on it’s original release, in 2018 it’s clear that The Feeling struck gold with their first record. Certified double-platinum in the UK and selling around 1.5 million copies worldwide, the mix of lively pop singalongs and emotional ballads really struck a chord with the mid 00s generation.

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So it’s a bit of a no-brainer that they’ve decided to re-release the album to back up the tour, including a two-disc, specially re-mastered vinyl release which comes in a striking yellow to suit the album’s artwork, along with all the bells and whistles of a two-disc LP.

Proudly holding the new version of the record aloft mid-set, frontman Dan Gillespie-Sells thanked the crowd for allowing them to do something so admittedly self-indulgent, before dropping the news that the band had returned from their hiatus excited to make music, and would be returning with a new record soon.

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That was clear from their performance – the twelve-plus-one tracks of Twelve Stops… were played in order with contagious energy, the band embellishing upon the recorded versions to make them epic stage performances.

Remaining faithful to the tracklisting meant that some of the most popular tracks like Never Be Lonely and Fill My Little World came up early, but the crowd never lost energy – despite a set peppered with beloved sing-alongs.

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Wrapping up the set with Blue Picadilly, the lights went down only briefly before they returned to the stage to play Miss You, in an homage to the album’s hidden track.

Another short break led to a two-song encore of I Thought It Was Over and Join With Us, before the band gathered at the front of the stage to take a bow and receive their ovation at the close of the show.

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Setlist:
I Want You Now
Never Be Lonely
Fill My Little World
Kettle’s On
Sewn
Anyone
Strange
Love It When You Call
Rosé
Same Old Stuff
Helicopter
Blue Piccadilly

Miss You

I Thought It Was Over
Join With Us

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