Model Aeroplanes kicked proceedings off in good fashion. The Dundee 4 piece were the name on many lips after a electric performance on the BBC Introducing Stage at this years T In The Park. Admittedly, not the most original sounding of bands, they were more than willing to let the songwriting do the talking. Stand out track , “Mexico” presents a great bass line and is lyrically strong and proved to be the deciding factor of their set. They kept the crowd wanting more by raising the tempo track after track; a real hearty performance by the boys and I would hugely recommend them.

Next on the bill was Arches. I have watched this band grow since their formation in 2011. I was at their debut gig in Stereo and was utterly blown away, however, I was disappointed tonight thanks to the powers that be who cut their set short, clipping, “Like Fireworks”, undoubtedly their most powerfully uplifting track to date. Otherwise, their set was flawless; from the gripping lyrics of “Hail Me” to the poignant and beautiful, “When The Night Ends”, this is a band who are going places as their current EP, “Broken Clocks” proves perfectly.

Finally, headliners Vigo Thieves took to the stage. The excitement among the crowd was inescapable. This Wishaw-born band have generated quite a following, particularly here on home-turf, largely due to their impressive soundcloud presence which literally speaks volumes, drawing undeniable influence from Simple Minds and New Order in their quest to be as big and as loud as possible. Theirs was a consistent set keeping crowd involvement throughout; songs like “Believe” and “Blinded By The Lights” prove that this band are so much more than mere, “Ones To Watch”.

A truly superb night of live music in Glasgow with enormous potential for Vigo Thieves, Model Aeroplane and Arches to attract an even bigger audience and become one of the “must see” acts of next summer’s anticipated festival season.

 

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