April 4, 2017 |

Blackberry Smoke @ O2 Academy Oxford

Blackberry Smoke @ O2 Academy Oxford

April 4, 2017 |

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Support band and Blackberry Smoke label mates ‘Biters’ have a distinctly retro Glam/hair rock feel to them in both appearance and sound. They get a decent reception from a mixed age crowd with more appreciation coming from the older rockers and a well warmed up crowd ready for the main act.

Blackberry Smoke’s tag line of ‘Too Rock for Country and too Country for Rock’ shows through in this set. It really is impossible to slot them into either box and that’s a very good thing and something that has helped their success getting a number 1 album in the US Country charts with little airplay. I however discovered them playing a storming set on the main stage of Download festival in 2015, the home of heavy rock.

By the time Blackberry Smoke hit the stage the O2 Academy’s biggest room is packed out with a crowd excited to see them back in Oxford.