2014 was the equivalent of gigging heaven for the Glasgow music fan; from intimate shows to full-scale arena gigs and emerging talent to established bands that have sound-tracked our lives, the past 12 months has seen Glasgow spoiled on the gigging front.
Let’s take a look back over the past year and relive some of the best live moments on our city’s stages (both big and small); look no further for a child star turned wild child, a Las Vegas band paying homage to one of Scotland’s biggest bands and home-town talent having one of the best years yet.
5. New Found Glory
Having been in the music business for over 15 years, these American boys have acquired fans both young and old, whom were brought together when “Hit Or Miss” and “My Friends Over You”, some of the bands biggest hits, echoed their way through the venue. This old school pop-punk act skilfully displayed how to put on an amazing show, and together with the 21 song-strong set put the theory that pop-punk is dead to rest.
4. Twin Atlantic
Our very own Glaswegian pop-rockers took centre-stage in The Queen Margaret Union to deliver an intimate yet jam-packed show! Singer, Sam McTrusty’s upbeat demeanor ensured the home-town crowd were involved in every song played and the night even saw the live debut of track, “Hold On”. Asking everyone to sit down then jump up while playing massive hits, “Brothers & Sisters”, “Make A Beast Of Myself” and “Heart And Soul”, the Scottish quartet made the most of their short 11 song set and McTrusty also managed to squeeze in some inspirational words for the young fans watching their first-class performance.
3. The Pretty Reckless
This female fronted four-piece came from across the pond and whipped The O2 Academy into a frenzy when they took to the stage in November. Child star-turned-rock chick, Taylor Momsen’s wild child attitude fuelled the already enthusiastic crowd; her encouragement to sing-along was met favourable by punters and the entire venue chanted lyrics back at her on instruction, without hesitation or question. Gaining worldwide success in a few short years, the band reminded fans how far they had come when they played debut single, “Make Me Wanna Die” which features on their 2010 debut LP, “Light Me Up”.
2. The Killers
With their debut album, “Hot Fuss” celebrating its 10th Birthday in June, 2014 was certainly an important year for The Killers and when they hit up Bellahouston Park in August, it was destined to be a night to remember. Coming all the way from Las Vegas, frontman, Brandon Flowers owned the stage (and the crowd) in a series of onstage struts and swaggers. The gig paid homage to the band’s biggest hits from the past decade and tracks, “Human”, “For Reasons Unknown” and “Somebody Told Me” all got an airing, while signature song, “Mr Brightside” got a euphoric response from fans. Flowers congratulated the city on their success on The Commonwealth Games and paid tribute to legendary Scottish band, Simple Minds with their take on “(Don’t You) Forget About Me”.
1. You Me At Six
Following the release of their fourth studio album, “Cavalier Youth” and a string of intimate, promotional shows across the country, the English quintet brought a sell out show to The O2 Academy in Glasgow. The Surrey-based rockers delivered an energetic performance with a mixed bag of material from new songs,“To Young To Feel This Old” and “Fresh Start Fever” to old classics, “Underdog” and “Stay With Me”. Singer, Josh Franceschi and Co were on top form, putting everything they had into the performance and still humble enough to thank fans for getting their fourth LP to the top of the charts.