GUN / TERRORVISION / THE WILDHEARTS / BABYCHAOS - Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow 27.06.19
PHOTO CREDITS: STEVEN SCOULLER
On what is undoubtedly the hottest day of the year, the Kelvingrove Bandstand, built in 1924 and situated in Glasgow’s West End, will play host to an outside extravaganza with local band GUN as the headline act. They will be joined by heavyweight contenders, TERRORVISION,THE WILDHEARTS and another Glasgow based band, BABY CHAOS. 432 Presents have put on an amazing spread with this musical buffet of delights! The weather is sunny, people are flocking from all over in good spirits and did I mention the sun was shining? Sun and Glasgow, two words that are not often mentioned in the same sentence!
Returning to the music scene after a long hiatus, BABY CHAOS are the opening act for tonight’s event. Persuaded to reform by Ginger Wildheart in order to support him in Glasgow, the band got together for what was considered a one-off gig. The reaction to their performance gave the band a second wind and they decided to write a new album and the rest, as they say, is history! It was no surprise that BABY CHAOS were on the bill, which was a very welcome edition. The guys set about the task in hand with passion and gusto as they stormed through their songs! It would have been good if their set was just that little bit longer.
Next on the bill are the mighty THE WILDHEARTS who are currently embarking on a world tour to promote their new album ‘Renaissance Men’. The boys were in Fop, Union Street earlier in the day doing a meet and great and signing copies of their new album for fans.
THE WILDHEARTS took to the stage to great applause. Ritch took up his position behind the drums and Danny walked over to his bass stack. Ginger and CJ came on stage with their custom designed guitars and the next thing I knew the amps were blasting on the first tack on their new album ‘Dislocated’. The crowd went wild and the four guys looked very happy to receive such a warm welcome. The next song up was ‘Everlone’. I poised myself in front of CJ to catch his jumps and he delivered in true CJ style; leaping right up into the air. I froze him in time with a click of my shutter. The third song that I photographed from the pit was one of my favourites, ‘Vanilla Radio’. The set accumulated with ‘I Wanna Go Where The People Go’. The boys did Glasgow proud and played a blinding set. It was just all over too soon!
The penultimate band tonight is TERRORVISION who blasted onto the stage with ‘Alice What’s The Matter?’ The raw energy of this band was nothing short of electric. Playing as a five-piece, the band powered through this set of 13 songs. The crowd went wild when they played ‘Oblivion’. It was great to see TERRORVISION back in Glasgow, full of beans playing to an adoring crowd. Photographing them was no mean feat, as they bounced over the stage. I managed to get a good few photos that captured their light-heated antics.
Finally, the moment we had all come out for. Glasgow rockers GUN were about to take to the stage and when they did they were as cool as cucumbers. They opened with ‘She Knows’ followed by ‘Don’t Say It’s Over’ and then ‘Better Days’. The band played exceptionally well and put on a sterling performance. The on-stage camaraderie between the band members was refreshing and reminded me it’s not just their great music that makes us love GUN so much, it’s that they are a group of thoroughly nice chaps!
So the moment had arrived that everyone was waiting for, ‘Word Up’ filled the Kelvingrove Bandstand and people were singing in the aisles. The whole arena went into 5th gear and the band could not fail to see how much they had touched the audience. The closing was GUN’s version of the Beastie Boys’ classic ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To Party’ which was a fitting end to a great evening of entertainment. A fantastic night was had by all who attended.
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