Oasis and Coldplay released their latest albums within seven days of each other; they end the year with a tour that finds them performing within seven days of each other.
Monday night in Aberdeen and 8,000 fans wait impatiently for Oasis. Some are survivors from the Nineties but the veterans from the Britpop wars are easily outnumbered by those for whom the Oasis versus Blur rivalry is as much part of ancient history as a Conservative government.
A decade on from Britpop and the group's current public school educated opponents take the stage of London's Earls Court for the first of three sold-out shows. This year Coldplay vaulted into the stellar league. Despite a difficult gestation X&Y was a worldwide hit; the band produced a stunning set at Glastonbury, won Best Act in the World at the Q awards (where Liam described Chris Martin as a 'plant pot') and played a prominent role in the Make Poverty History campaign. Once dismissed as 'music for bedwetters', they are ending the year in triumph.
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