The 1975: Glasgow Barrowlands


Emulating the mysterious and alternative styles of the 80’s Manchester alt-pop band, The 1975 walked onto the Glasgow Barrowlands stage after several minutes of taunting with dry-ice and synth music to a crowd of eager fans; most of them barely pushing 18.

Singer Matt Healy cemented the idea that The 1975 are trying a bit too hard to be unique wearing a fur jacket cradling a bottle of red wine, he ended up just looking a little pretentious. Opening the night with crowd pleaser The City, deafening cheers and chants gave hope that a memorable show was about to be put on.

However apart from releasing catchy songs, the edgy haircuts and all black wardrobes alongside their ‘cool-guy’ personas The 1975 are really no different to most acts that have come and gone in the past 20-years; their mix of singles focusing on sex, angst and drugs are good live performance tracks but for an hour long set The 1975 still have a lot to learn.

Since rocketing into the charts with their self-titled debut album last year, The 1975 have not yet put out new material and they have yet to change up their live shows. Taking a break from slower album tracks, allowing a break from Healy smoking and drinking on stage to Me acting like a rejected romantic character, a saxophone player emerged from the smoke to play a killer solo during Heart Out, that allowed a moment of appreciation for something interesting to watch and listen to.

The night truly came to life with the encore featuring the favourites Chocolate and rockier sounding Sex. It’s a great tactic to place your two liveliest songs at the end of the setlist because it fools people into thinking the entire show was lively and interactive; the younger generation seemed to love it anyway.

In all honesty watching a re-run of Loose Women would have been more entertaining.


Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Guide


Festival season is well and truly here, finally! The sun has even started to make an appearance and it’s making the prospect of a summer filled with friends, livemusic and sun even more exciting. Thursday (12 June) will mark the start of the Isle of Wight festival at Seaclose Park, and boy is it an exciting one to kick off the summer. The four-day festival, which returned in 2002 after a 32-year break, has an exciting line up that is not to be missed.

Isle of Wight is not the most talked about festival in the UK but it is arguably the most prestigious with former headliners including Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan gathering crowds of 600,000 people in 1970.This led to the government passing the Isle of Wight Act in 1971 banning all gatherings of more than 5,000 people without a licence. That’s rock and roll eh?

The rock and alternative festival not only has amazing acts performing over two stages but there is other entertainment available too. Make sure you keep the weekend going after the headliners leave the stage by heading over to Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane for more entertainment available until the small hours of the morning.

With killer headline slots it’s going to be tough to decide who to see, that’s why we’ve come up with our top five acts not to be missed this year.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The American rockers will perform a headline slot on Saturday (14 June) and this will be their only UK date of 2014. This is definitely not one to be missed with classics such as Can’t StopCalifornication and By The Way set to impress the Isle of Wight crowds; there is nothing better to do during the weekend than watch what will no doubt be a memorable performance.

Biffy Clyro
Already set for a summer of festivals, the Scottish trio are opening the Isle of Wight festival. Sharing the bill with Calvin Harris and Rudimental this will be the first headline slot of the summer for Biffy Clyro. If all their other live performances are a taster of what they’ll have on offer then you do not want to miss the bearded trio and their infectiously catchy rock anthems.

Kings Of Leon
Returning to the Isle of Wight, Kings Of Leon are set to close the festival with their only UK headline slot of the summer. We can expect classic tracks such as Use SomebodyThe Bucket and Sex On Fire alongside tracks from their UK number one sixth album Mechanical Bull.

The 1975
Still flying high from the release of their self-titled debut album The 1975 will be performing their blend of indie rock alongside The Pretty Reckless and Red Hot Chili Peppers on Saturday (14 June). Make sure you don’t miss Matt Healy and co. rocking out to The CityGirls and Chocolate giving you something to jump along to.

Fall Out Boy
The faces of emo have returned with a more mature and versatile new album, Save Rock And Roll and you best make sure you appreciate one of the most anticipated returns in the world of pop punk. Get your dancing shoes ready for classics including Dance Dance and This Aint A Scene, It’s An Arms Race.


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