Monday 12 August 2013, 15:30
The BBC Hub and village at Potterrow is lovely little spot, especially when considering what weather we've been having this summer. With the large 'Blue Tent' and its main broadcast shows; constant FREE performances in the smaller 'Pink Tent'; the large screen showing streamed live footage; the extensive bar, food outlets and ping-pong table; it's a real muster point for festival goers, music lovers and comedy fanatics in 2013. This year, we went with another eclectic bill featuring three of Scotland's finest new sonic visionairies... We chose tribal, electro-soul, hip-hop from local boys Young Fathers; avant-acoustic, samba-punk, indie shapes from the SAY Award winning RM Hubbert; and the close-harmony singing, slacker-country-rock anthems of Three Blind Wolves - something for all the family if you like!
Kicking off with an intense and powerful performance, Young Fathers eyeballed the audience and threw out a truly inspired show with unbridled energy and grinding dance-moves. Selecting songs from their two mini-albums Tape One and Tape Two, it was the perfect way to begin and the audience roared accordingly.
RM Hubbert on the other hand is a real raconteur these days, delivering hilarious insights and anecdotes between his beautiful, honest, heart-breaking acoustic soundscapes. Just one man and a guitar, the juxtaposition between him and the previous electronic chaos was plain to see and thoroughly added to the whole night. Some entirely instrumental, some with lyrics and vocal melodies; he played tracks from his gong-snatching Thirteen Lost and Found LP – winner of the Scottish Album Of The Year Award - and new opus Breaks and Bone, slotting in something from debut album First and Last. The crowd loved him, as I knew they would.
To finish in style, Glasgow quartet Three Blind Wolves took to the stage with the confidence of a band who tour and play music constantly. They've been across the UK, Europe and even parts of the USA and Canada showcasing their innate knack from anthemic, harmony-driven Americana. With touches of grunge, US indie and even some 1960s psyche in the mix, their excellent debut long-player Sing Hallelujah for the Old Machine was rearranged and played with natural ability and intent, whipping the assembled packed house into a rousing finale with properly cranked electric guitars and songs to match.
It’s always a pleasure to present a show in my home city... and I hope you enjoy the footage we captured on the night.
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