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BBC 6 Music festival blows away the Barrowlands on opening night


As line-ups go, you really don’t get much better than this one.

Kicking off the BBC 6Music Festival in Glasgow last night was one of the best bills the legendary Barrowlands has ever seen.

No filler. No support acts stuck on the bill by the label. This was just quality all night long.

The mighty Sleaford Mods kicked things off in raucous style and it’s a testament to how much their star is on the rise that the venue was at least half full for their stupidly early stage time of 5:25.

Barreling through aggro-fuelled bangers like TCR, Moptop and Jobseeker, frontman Jason Williamson was a ball of barely-suppressed energy. All tics and flinches as he barked out his acerbic lyricism while Andrew Fearn did his usual stance, grooving away after triggering each song.

The only difference being his usual can of Stella was replaced by a half bottle of Buckfast. Well, he was in Glasgow.

LA band Warpaint were next up and played to a near-full house.

Their brand of intoxicating, dreamy psychedelia worked wonders, with tracks like Heads Up, Krimson and Whiteout all feeling like one big languid trip, while attitude-laden closer Disco//Very straddled a mid-point between modern R’n’B and early ’80s post-punk.

Shoegaze icons Ride came onto a huge roar of approval via an intro from Steve Lamacq, kicking off with some new material like Charm Assault, but were wasting no time cranking out the fan favourites like Taste, Like A Daydream and Leave Them All Behind.

It was the massive finale of Drive Blind that really did the damage though, building up to a huge holocaust of noise at the midway point only to crash back into its huge chorus one last time.

As great as the bill was, when it came down to it, it was still a Jesus And Mary Chain gig at the Barras though.

The Reid brothers’ spiritual home went insane when they strolled on to Always Sad, before turning it up another few notches with the killer one two punch of April Skies and Head On.

New songs like Amputation and War On Peace showed how much they still have to offer, but for sheer stone cold classics, you didn’t have to look much further than the encore, where things like Just Like Honey, You Trip Me Up and The Living End got airings, sounding every bit as feral and as vital as they ever did over 30 years ago. Unreal.

Source: The Daily Record

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