Saturday night welcomed back home favourites Glasvegas to the Kelvingrove Bandstand thanks to Magners Summer Nights.

Playing alongside the homecoming kings was Carl Barat and his band the Jackals. Carl, fresh from tearing apart festival season across Europe with the reformed, rejuvenated and relatively healthy looking Libertines.


With a decent sized gathering of loyal fans (GlasgowLiving included) congregated at the front of stage, literally worshipping at the feet of Mr Barat, he rattled into a 45 minute set with ease, interjecting with the crowd and unleashing some of his previous band Dirty Pretty Things most well known songs, Carl Barat looked to be in his element.

Showcasing tracks from vastly underrated Dirty Pretty Things album Waterloo to Anywhere, tracks from his newest band The Jackals, fans were absolutely hypnotised by the charismatic frontman. He even gave a shout out to Jackals bandmates, proving that he was quite comfortable sharing the adulation.

If there was one thing that Carl done that could have turned even the most loyal of fans against him, it would have been closing his set with Jackals favourite, Let It Rain, with ominous grey clouds looming above the skies of Glasgow, it seemed he was nearly enticing a rain dance.

Don’t worry though Carl we forgive you.

Following the Jackals were hometown heroes Glasvegas, who no matter the weather are always welcomed with rapturous applause, bounding through their classic songs frontman Rab Allan, revelling in the notoriously boisterous Glasgow crowd, who were evidently enjoying the occasional libation during the gig.

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“A forgot how f****** mental the Glasgow crowd were” (or words to that effect) Glasvegas’ electric frontman laughed through the microphone, and he was met with an immediate emphatic cheer.

Geraldine, Daddy’s Gone, Flowers and Fitba Tops, The World Is Yours, Euphoria Take My Hand and a multitude of others were played. Even with the intense wall of sound the band are famous for creating, during their gigs, the fans knew almost every song word for word.

We’re not blaming Carl Barat (well perhaps a little) but the heavens did eventually open, luckily not even inevitable rain showers can dampen the spirits of a Glasgow crowd. Even if the majority of fans were without a seemingly mandatory waterproof jacket. (GlasgowLiving included.)

Finishing just before eleven Glasvegas left the stage to resounding cheers from the Glasgow crowd, hopefully it wont be too long before they grace the Dear Green Place with their presence once again.

Magners Summer Nights Glasgow 2015 doesn’t end with Glasvegas epic gig however, this upcoming weekend, welcomes Joan Armatrading on Thursday 13th August, superstar and all round legend Ben Folds accompanied by YMusic on Fri 14th. Supporting Ben Folds are Edinburgh bluegrass folk duo Jellyman’s Daughter.

Rounding off an absolute epic lineup at this year’s Magners Summer Nights are 27 year Welsh rock veterans (depending whether you count their breakup as just that or a hiatus) Echo and The Bunnymen, who close Glasgow’s Magners Summer Nights 2015 with a sold out Kelvingrove Bandstand gig on Saturday.

Accompanying Echo and the Bunnymen on the bill are are ex Zuton Dave McCabe and also Glasgow indie artist Declan Welsh.

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