Date: 10th August, 2017
Venue: Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow – this was my second visit to this venue in the last couple of months. The last one was to see Jack Savoretti, which was unfortunately blighted by the Glasgow weather, incessant rain! The concert last night was the opposite and the weather was pleasantly warm and dry. What a difference! The refurbishment has made this an excellent outdoor venue and the facilities were first class. Plenty of services available, including food and drink as well as excellent organisation, security and cleanliness second to none. If someone could come up with a retractable roof solution that did not cost the earth, Glasgow would have another great venue on its’ hands.
The Support: This was provided by JJ Gilmour, apparently a native of Coatbridge, who performed a reasonable set. General tone of performance was a bit downbeat, but that seems to be the way with support acts these days.
The Concert: Thoroughly enjoyed the set. No annoying breaks in the performance, can never understand why they need a break when the show generally only lasts around an hour and a half. Each of the performers are seasoned professionals and their performances exhibited this. Nick Lowe cruised through the whole event, Paul Carrack provided excellent vocals, both on lead and backing, whilst Andy Fairweather Low brought loads of energy along with his obvious skills with the guitar and his excellent vocals. They played many of the well-known numbers along with a few less well known. The set was very well organsied and brought the crowd to their feet on many occasions. A good mix of tempos, provided good build-ups of the atmosphere, along with more relaxed numbers to give the audience breaks throughout, an excellent set. The band played two encores and had the crowd on their feet belting out backing vocals.
All in all an excellent concert and I would certainly go and see this trio of stars any time they are in town!