MINISTRY | 18.07.2018 | Glasgow SWG3 | REVIEW and PHOTOS

MINISTRY | 18.07.2018 | Glasgow SWG3 | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Ministry and Chelsea Wolfe  18th July 2018 – Glasgow SWG3 – Review and photos

Ministry – 18th July 2018 – Glasgow SWG3

Chelsea Wolfe and her band played a short but devastatingly brilliant set, left wanting more which is probably mission accomplished for a support act. There was a huge turnout early on for her set. Ministry and CW is such a quirky but great bill, there appears to be quite a crossover of fans tonight. Speaking to a few Ministry fans who weren’t familiar they all agreed that the Chelsea Wolfe set was brilliant. The dark and brooding songs come to life in a live setting, I loved how heavy the material sounded, the chorus of 16 Psyche is massive. CW albums are often my go-to music for some chilled sounds but performed live the dynamics bring out the power and make the songs sound huge. Truly amazing. The sound was perfect. I’ve been waiting a long time to catch CW and her band and I wasn’t disappointed. Chelsea Wolfe full photo gallery here

Chelsea Wolfe – 18th July 2018 – Glasgow SWG3

After the O2 ABC fire, it looked like this gig might not go ahead. Thankfully the promoters managed to relocate it to the SWG3. It’s my second time here (Sepultura in March) and both occasions I’ve been impressed with the sound and lighting. It’s a low ceiling, a concrete industrial looking nightmare you’d expect it to be more home to raves but I have to admit the sound is impressive. They’ve nailed the setup here and it suits heavier bands rather well! 

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Ministry have a legion of loyal fans in tonight. Some travelling some serious miles! I thought my 300-mile round trip was good but there’s a few in from around Europe too.

Ministry returned last year with a new album AmeriKKKant on Nuclear Blast Records and I must admit I wasn’t expecting it to be as quite good as it was. They haven’t lost a single bit of their power, politicly charged messages and of course showmanship. If anything their Anti-fascist approach is more relevant and more needed than at any other point in my lifetime. 

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Ministry – 18th July 2018 – Glasgow SWG3

There’s a liberal dashing of the new material before they end the set on some absolute classics. Two large screens on either side of the stage pump intense visuals into the eyes of punters. I found myself mesmerised by the Antifa visuals! 

New World Order and Thieves get some of the biggest reactions from the crowd. New material sounding great as they seamlessly change from old to new. It hasn’t aged a bit. Exciting. Heavy. Highly politically charged. Giant inflatable chickens with Donald Trump hairdos. This is great. The world needs Ministry! 

Ministry – 18th July 2018 – Glasgow SWG3

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CHELSEA WOLFE | 18.07.2018 | Glasgow SWG3 | PHOTOS

CHELSEA WOLFE | 18.07.2018 | Glasgow SWG3 | PHOTOS

Chelsea Wolfe – 18th July 2018 – Glasgow SWG3

Chelsea Wolfe – 18th July 2018 – Glasgow SWG3

Here’s a large photo gallery from Chelsea Wolfe’s support slot with Ministry. Read full the review here. Spoiler alert! They were both class!

It was a quite a challenge to photo this set but I’m really pleased with what I got. The lighting was amazing and suited the music well but proved tricky to photo =D

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REV MAGNETIC | 27.05.2018 | Stereo Glasgow | PHOTOS

REV MAGNETIC | 27.05.2018 | Stereo Glasgow | PHOTOS

Rev Magnetic – 27th May 2018 – Stereo Glasgow – Photos

A remarkable new project from Luke Sutherland. I found their set quite overwhelming, I really feel the need to hear them again. There’s something really special here but I think it requires more than one listen to fully digest.

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OBSCURA | 14.03.18 | Glasgow

OBSCURA | 14.03.18 | Glasgow

Obscura – 14th March 2018 – Glasgow SWG3

I almost forgot about these shots, the excitement of Sepultura is entirely to blame!

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SEPULTURA | 14.03.2018 | Glasgow SWG3 | REVIEW and PHOTOS

SEPULTURA | 14.03.2018 | Glasgow SWG3 | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Sepultura – 14th March 2018 – Glasgow SWG3 – Review and photos

There comes a moment in your life when you realise you’re just chasing your own tail. Trying to find that perfect moment, that defining point. For me, this moment is something I’ve always chased, that moment is pure ecstatic bliss that only live music can bring. It removes you from the reality of life and only one thing matters. Riffs!

Sepultura - March 2018 - Glasgow
Sepultura – March 2018 – Glasgow

When I was about 12 or 13 years old. I was still finding myself and I knew this music thing was good but I hadn’t yet found anything I could grab on to and call my own. Staying up late one night, probably past my bedtime! (although my folks were pretty cool when it came to things like that). I watched a terrible programme called The Word. It shaped my musical mind like nothing I could find anywhere else for a 12-year-old child. This band called Sepultura were on and there were people in cages, it was indeed crazy, then they played. I laughed and giggled then slowly I started to realise, this is fucking awesome! That is the power of metal, it is fun, it is sometimes silly, it is extreme (I’d never ever heard people screaming vocals before), it is dirty, it is REAL. That is my indoctrination into the world of metal. At last, I had found music I could relate to. That was way before I knew the lyrics and meanings of the songs. The music spoke to me…

Here I am, 25 years later. Much has changed in this world, including myself and of course the reason I am here in Glasgow; SEPULTURA!

Sepultura - March 2018 - Glasgow. Andreas Kisser
Sepultura – March 2018 – Glasgow

I suppose my point is that I’ve grown up with Sepultura. I stand here in Glasgow and I feel that joy again, surrounded by fans, there’s no bullshit, just a load of people out to have a good time.

This is only the second time I’ve seen Sep, having seen them on their last tour in Glasgow. It’s the perfect city for them, although tonight’s venue seems like an odd choice and the stage times meant that we (and most other punters) were unable to get there until the supports were more or less done. Luckily we caught some of the set from Obscura.

Sepultura - March 2018 - Glasgow
Sepultura – March 2018 – Glasgow

The venue is slightly out of town, just down the road from the SECC. Talking to other punters they were equally as baffled as myself for the venue choice. It’s more suited to dance and rave style acts. That said, Sepultura sounded and looked amazing on that stage, the low ceiling and concrete would usually kill the sound but it worked brilliantly. Hats off to the sound and light guys!

Sepultura - March 2018 - Glasgow
Sepultura – March 2018 – Glasgow

Derrick celebrates a remarkable 20 years with Sep on this tour. He is a machine. I have felt bad for him, stepping into someone else shoes (you know who!). The fact that I have to mention that is a testament to how much of a void he left and the strength of love fans have for that era of the Sep. I am a huge fan of Derrick era, I think the band grew positively from the loss of their frontman to become one of the worlds best heavy metal acts. Max was a huge step in the journey of Sepultura. The band that IS Sepultura are still one of the greatest bands in the world.

At the heart of the Sepultura sound is percussion. Eloy Casagrande Is truly a master. I spent most of the show just watching him, although I struggled to get a good photo of him due to the layout of the stage and high drumriser 🙁 He is phenomenal.

It’s a strong setlist, largely comprising of the recent album Machine Messiah, sprinkled with classics from across the bands history.  I am the Enemy opens the show like a cold hard kick to the head. They mean business tonight. The new material is utterly brilliant. By the third song, fans were starting to pile over the barrier into the photopit. Where they’d see a bearded cameraman with a huge smile on his face. This is real. This is life. I’ll remember tonight for the rest of my days. Amazing experience.

Sepultura - March 2018 - Glasgow - Setlist
Sepultura – March 2018 – Glasgow

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SAM FENDER – Feb 2018 – Glasgow Attic – PHOTO FEATURE

SAM FENDER – Feb 2018 – Glasgow Attic – PHOTO FEATURE

Sam Fender – 25th February 2018 – Glasgow Attic

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BRITISH SEA POWER | 17.02.2018 | Glasgow Garage | REVIEW and PHOTOS

BRITISH SEA POWER | 17.02.2018 | Glasgow Garage | REVIEW and PHOTOS

British Sea Power – 17th February 2018 – Glasgow Garage

Since there was no Newcastle spot on this tour I needed little encouragement to hit the road and go see them in one of my favourite cities!

British Sea Power - Glasgow Garage - Feb 2018
British Sea Power – Glasgow Garage – Feb 2018

Chatting to some fans beforehand it’s clear the adoration fans have for the band. We were trading stories about how many times we’d seen them and that unmistakable addiction to their music. 10 years ago I first saw them, Do You Like Rock Music was just about to be released. I was hooked from that gig onwards. I’ve since lost count of the gigs and merch! My name is Graeme and I am a BSP addict.

British Sea Power - Glasgow Garage - Feb 2018 - bears
British Sea Power – Glasgow Garage – Feb 2018

The band is shrouded in thick soup of smoke and light for most of the night. Making for some really cool but slightly tricky photos 🙂

The Garage is full to near capacity,  smiling faces and happy faces everywhere. The feel-good factor is on another level. It left me euphoric and ecstatic. Which is no easy task at present as I’m battling severe depression and anxiety. For one night I was able to escape. Indulge in the music. To me that’s the highest accolade for a band.  I did just that, pure escapism and joy.

Pictures say a thousand words. For me, this photo sums up perfectly the atmosphere of the gig. The amazing people of Glasgow coupled with the amazing music of British Sea Power.

British Sea Power - Glasgow Garage - Feb 2018 - bears
British Sea Power – Glasgow Garage – Feb 2018

Setlist covers a wide variety of favourites and quirky additions. I’ve had The Pelican in my head for a week now!!

  • Who’s in Control
  • Lights Out for Darker Skies
  • Bad Bohemian
  • It Ended on an Oily Stage
  • The Voice Of Ivy Lee
  • Blackout
  • How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?
  • What You’re Doing
  • Praise for Whatever
  • The Pelican
  • No Lucifer
  • Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)
  • Machineries of Joy
  • Remember Me
  • Carrion
  • Waving Flags
  • The Great Skua

Ending the night on the Great Skua is a perfect climatic end to one of the most enjoyable evenings. It may be the best I’ve ever seen them.

British Sea Power - Glasgow Garage - Feb 2018 setlist

It’s rare that you get permission to photo a full show but BSP allow it and encourage it! Of course, I took far too many photos. Here’s a lot of them 🙂 See if you can spot yourself in the polar bear shots towards the end of the gallery!

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PICTISH TRAIL – February 2018 – Glasgow Garage – FEATURE

PICTISH TRAIL – February 2018 – Glasgow Garage – FEATURE

Pictish Trail – 17th February 2018 – Glasgow Garage

The Pictish Trail are utterly delightful to watch. I remember seeing them with British Sea Power in Newcastle last year and being a bit perplexed, yet in awe of their genre-hopping set. The appeal of their music is widespread. Possibly the most upbeat trippy, arty, sparkly party band I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.

Everyone needs some Pictish in their lives!

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