One of the most eagerly anticipated gigs of the year, the bands dedicated fanbase were The Cure to Glasgows Friday night as they brought an incredible spirit to Bellahouston Park on a day that will live long in the memory of all those in attendance. An unbelievable atmosphere took hold of Summer Sessions festivalgoers as a sold out crowd descended on the South Side of Glasgow to see one of the most iconic bands in alternative music who were swayed by organisers to headline a major Scottish festival for the first time.
The Cure were joined by a stellar supporting cast featuring The Joy Formidable, The Twilight Sad and Mogwai; an incredible line-up for music fans.
Welsh alt-rockers The Joy Formidable, who just last month released new album AAARTH, opened the show before hometown heroes The Twilight Sad took to the stage to a rapturous response from the Glasgow crowd. The band, who have previously supported The Cure all over Europe, the US and beyond, are known to be one of Robert Smiths all-time favourite bands and performed a career-spanning set full of material both old and new. Alongside classic hits like Last Januar.y, their recent critically acclaimed album IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME formed the crux of their set and was delivered with beautiful intensity and searing passion, the likes of I/m Not Here [Missing Face] and [10 Good Reasons for Modern Drugs] eliciting an impassioned response from the crowd, as did their very special cover of Frightened Rabbits Keep Yourself Warm.
Addressing the huge crowd, frontman James said, "If you told 18 year old James that hed be playing before Mogwai and The Cure, he wouldnt have believed you. Thank you for coming early, this means absolutely everything."
Fellow Glasgow band Mogwai took the penultimate slot of day. In the midst of another busy festival season, the undoubted kings of post-rock expertly filled the park with their thunderous dynamic soundscapes. Now two decades into their career, the band used their time on stage to delve into a number of their albums, from their 1997 masterpiece Young Team right up to 2017s Every Countrys Sun. Another band who Robert Smith has expressed admiration for over the years, it was a deeply rousing set from one of the citys most celebrated outfits.
The Cure were the band on everyones lips, appearing in Glasgow as part of a very select and special run of headline spots at major festivals all over the world this summer, their first Scottish show in 27 years proved to be an incredible triumph.
With a career now spanning nearly five decades and 13 albums, their eagerly anticipated return proved well worth the wait. They delivered an astonishing set that went down a storm with the Glasgow crowd, delivering one glorious hit after another and delving effortlessly into one of the most iconic and influential back catalogues in musical history, by treating fans to material from Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Wish and more. For an epic finale, the band sent Bellahouston Park wild with classic hits like Friday Im In Love, Boys Dont Cry and Close To Me, it was an unforgettable night from one of the worlds most influential rock bands; one that will live long in the memory of Glasgows music fans.
Photograph courtesy of Euan Robertson.