On an idyllic hot, sunny bank holiday in Glasgow we pushed ourselves to trek to Finnieston’s warehouse venue, SWG3 for an outdoor gig in their graffitied back yard, but this gig was quite a feat in terms of line-up. LCD Soundsystem headlining with Edinburgh lads, Young Fathers, on support. Kicking off the summer season with an event that did not differ too much from a festival, this set was welcomed by Glasgow’s hip and diverse crowd, with DFA’s Shit Robot entertaining the masses before either of the live acts took to the stage.
Young Fathers were greeted by a large cheer as the four graced the stage for a short half hour set. Their infectious beats suiting the summer lull, they performed some of their well known and loved tracks, such as Queen is Dead, Shame, What A Time to be Alive/Wire and of course, Get Up, getting people in the vibe before James Murphy, Pat Mahoney and the rest all hit the stage.
And then it was on to the headliners, LCD Soundsystem, who seemed like they too had been enjoying the summers day with a beverage or two pre-gig. But they launched into a set of old hits such as Tribulations, Someone Great and Home as well as the new tracks from their most recent album, American Dream. Listening to their performance of that very first LCD track I encountered, Daft Punk is Playing at my House, it was amazing to think about their longevity and list of hits they have recorded since way back then.
Despite their list of catchy electronic dance tracks it took the crowd a wee while to get going which may have been because of the distraction of the daylight, too much sun, beer, undercooked food on the BBQ, but as the sun set and the size of the moon was disputed the mood of the gig changed and the audience had their eyes fixed to the stage, as the band performed favourites, Dance Yrself Clean and All My Friends. Singing every word with adoration, the night climaxed with friends in the crowd hugging and jiving. A triumph.