Screamadelica 20th Anniversary Tour, Primal Scream Opens 14th March, O2 Academy, Leeds. Ends 26th March, O2 Academy, Brixton
If you can’t remember dancing to Primal Scream’s anthem “Loaded” back in 1991, you missed out on a seven-minute, four-chord medley of brass, organ, acid house piano and stylised guitars, reinforced by Peter Fonda’s anarchic proclamation, “We wanna be free, to do what we wanna do…” Now a wedding-disco favourite, the track was the pinnacle of their Mercury Prize-winning album Screamadelica, which grouped the rhythms and licks of gospel, house and rock under one big party tent, setting a musical agenda for years to come.
The band are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Screamadelica by performing the album in full over a nine-night tour across Britain in March. They are also releasing a boxset containing candy-coloured vinyl, as well a deluxe edition remastered by My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields. Those suffering from winter blues could do worse than revisit this gem of indie pop rapture.