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First Call

THEIR 1996 HIT "The Riverboat Song", is now well established as the walk-on theme for TFI Friday. But Ocean Colour Scene (right) have also contributed to Paul Weller's last two albums, supported Oasis and had three further hit albums of their own. It may have been a struggle initially, but after a string of top-10 hits, they have finally established themselves as a major musical force, and have a string of UK tour dates for 1999.

Hereford Leisure Centre, 2 Apr; Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon 6 Apr; Mecca Ballroom, Blackpool 23 Apr; Caird Hall, Dundee 1 May; ticket hotline 0115-912 9114

Last Call

RARELY SEEN together on the stage: real-life husband and wife Prunella Scales and Timothy West star in The Birthday Party at Salisbury Playhouse. West disturbs the tranquillity of a boarding house run by Scales and stage husband Steven Pacey when he gatecrashes the latter's birthday. Confrontation juxtaposed with mundane domesticity serves to rub tensions raw in this classic Pinter drama, directed by the playwright's former assistant Joe Harmston.

Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, Wiltshire (01722 320333) to 6 Mar

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