On paper this was going to be scorcher of a gig…warm summers night, a beautiful venue set in a natural amphitheatre in a beautiful park and one of Britain’s best known and loved pop bands… well two out of three cant be too bad as no one told the Scottish weather to play ball!! High winds and heavy rain showers welcomed the punters as they made their way into Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park.

Magners Summer Nights are the first major events to be announced at the 2,500 capacity bandstand since its £2 million refurbishment. Located in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park in the heart of the city’s West End, the bandstand sits between some of the city’s most stunning buildings – Glasgow University and Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

Tonight’s show with Squeeze was the last of a series of gigs that had featured acts such as Steve Earl, Alison Moyet, Teenage Fanclub,The Waterboys and was completely sold out.

The weather wasn’t going to put these punters off as they took their concrete seats, polythene ponchos (supplied free courtesy of those nice people at Magners) and lashings of cider which of course added to the party atmosphere. Squeeze arrived on stage just after 9pm slightly later than billed and opened with Slap and Tickle which was met by a massive cheer from the crowd but It took six songs and a crowd favorite ‘Is That Love’ to get the crowd pluck up the courage and go stage front to get the dancing going, welcomed by Glenn Tilbrook.

Excellent Acoustic versions of ‘Labeled With Love’ and “Take Me I’m Yours’ came midway through a set rammed with hits ‘Cradle To The Grave’, ‘Annie Get your Gun’, ‘Tempted’, ‘Up The Junction’ and concluding with ‘Pulling Muscles (from the shell)’. Of course the crowd weren’t going to let them off without an encore!! Squeeze returned to the stage, graciously accepted the adoration from the crowd and played ‘Goodbye Girl’ then closing with ‘Cool For Cats’.

An excellent end to an excellent series of gigs in an excellent venue, pity about the not so excellent weather…but then again it is Scotland.

Pix © Westy

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