Indian Summer - Saturday - A review in pictures
Glasgow's Indian Summer festival made it's debut on Saturday the second of September..Situated in Victoria Park in the West End of the City the two day event was heralded as a more intimate experience,with an adventurous approach to programming across it's three stages.
In addition to the main stage there was the Southern Comfort Fat Tuesday tent with its dance orientated line up and the ABC tent with a selection of "up and coming" acts.
I didn't actually get around to visiting the Fat Tuesday tent so my review will cover the other two stages.
The first band on the main stage were Glasgow's 1990's.
The crowd seemed to enjoy their set but I wasn't taken by them as they came across as a fairly "ordinary" band with nothing to interest me.
I must admit that I do prefer female fronted bands or groups with male /female split vocals so I was happier when I came across The Royal We playing on the ABC stage.The Glasgow band played an entertaining set of shouty lo-fi pop numbers.
It was back to the main stage for US band Scissors For Lefty.Considering they had been up most of the night then made the journey to Glasgow from London in a tiny van they managed a lively performance with front man Bryan Garza particularly energetic.
Ben Kweller was next up on the main stage.The Texas singer songwriter wasn't really my cup of tea so I wandered off to find something more interesting...
After browsing some of the record stalls on the site I returned to catch Guillemots,the first band of the day that I was looking forward to.
The majority of bands I wanted to see over the weekend were playing on the Sunday but I was eagerly awaiting Guillemots performance after seeing them previously at the Get Loaded festival .The band seem to get better with each performance,with single "Trains to Brazil" always sounding wonderful.
Fellow Mercury award nominees Hot Chip were next on the menu.It took me a little while to warm to them but by the time they played single "Over and over" I was enjoying their set.
After Hot Chip I made a quick visit to the ABC tent and watched a couple of songs from Pigeon Detectives.The Leeds band are hotly tipped to do well in the future.Vocalist Matt seemed to be having fun anyway,kicking over his monitor and twirling his microphone stand.
It was then time for a living legend to play the main stage.Mark E Smith appeared from the wings and led his band through a set of fairly recent Fall material.I'm not a huge fan of the bands latter work,but love their early singles from the late 70's so I'm always curious to see what the Fall are up to.The addition of single "Mr Pharmacist" to the set did bring a smile to my face mind you.
Main stage headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs brought the evening to a close.
It was the first time I'd seen Karen O and her boys live and it was a tremendous experience as she's a fantastic performer.The set was taken mostly from recent album "Show your bones" which led me to rediscover the album on my train journey home.
I would say the first day of the event was a success.Although a few of the bands weren't to my liking it was still a varied line up that would have pleased a lot of people.Another major factor was that the sun was shining.Unfortunatly things weren't quite as nice weather wise on the Sunday...